Welcome and Invocation Pastor Larry McCarthy, Jr.

 

“Angels We Have Heard on High” 

 

Second Week of Advent The Candle of Joy
Tara Obriecht, Clarissa Adjei, Charlene King, and Lisa Larsen

 

And Mary said,

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation…

 

“He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
He has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,
As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.” – Luke 1:46–55

 

Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was
to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit
of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look…

 

Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, [for you are] obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.  – 1 Peter 1:10–12, 8–9

 

“Joy To The World/Our God Saves”

“Infant Holy, Infant Lowly”

“O Holy Night”

 

Pastoral Prayer Dr. Bill Bertsche

 

Offering

 

Offertory “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen”

 

 “Prepare Him Room”

 

Joy to The World
Luke 2:8–11
Dr. Ed Stetzer

 

Song of Response

 

Benediction Dr. Bill Bertsche

Joy To The World

Luke 2:8–11

Dr. Ed Stetzer

 

  1. Overcoming fear

 

  1. Announcing news

 

  1. Saving peoples

 

  1. Fulfilling promises

 

  1. Ruling over all

In the early 90s I spent about a year teaching at a Bible College in Nigeria. It was a wonderful experience in many ways. For one, I learned how to cook some of my favorite dishes from scratch. At the same time, I lost over 40 pounds that year—a tribute to the quality of my cooking! The electricity at our remote school was inconsistent, as was the availability of water, but through it all, one truth was evident—the goodness of God.

 

The Lord displayed His goodness in providing for me in big and small ways, perhaps most consistently through the godly people with whom I served. Their love, help, and friendship were powerful expressions of God’s love for me. I hope I was faithful to do the same for them. Aren’t we blessed to have brothers and sisters in Christ?

 

For His glory,

 

Bill Bertsche

Executive Pastor

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