Sunday December 8, 2019
Welcome Mary Lowman
“Hark the Herald Angels Sing”
Second Week of Advent The Candle of Love
Jayson Dombele – Portuguese
Kathryn Drypolcher – Shona
Oluwayemisi (Yemi) Adebimpe – Yoruba
“O Little Town of Bethlehem”
“Infant Holy, Infant Lowly”
“O Holy Night”
Pastoral Prayer Dr. Bill Bertsche
“Noel” Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra; Johanna Fraats, solo
“Prepare Him Room”
Message Dr. Bill Bertsche
Song of Response
WHY HE CAME
To Save Us All from Satan’s Power
1 John 3:4–8
Dr. Bill Bertsche
- The work of disobedience
- The work of deception
- The work of discouragement
- The work of death
I like the saying “Jesus is the Reason for the season” because it’s true. I also the like that it rhymes, but technically that doesn’t make it truer. What I don’t like is the “how many shopping days are left” countdown, because it takes the emphasis off of Jesus, the Reason for the season.
Today we are 17 days away from the commemoration of the Savior’s birth; the Lamb of God who takes away our sins and reconciles us to God the Father. But we’re bombarded with sales, and crowds, and advertisements about … stuff. Things that may bring temporary happiness but eventually get old, break, and ultimately disappoint. Don’t be tempted by this counterfeit any longer! Make each day from today until Christmas a reminder that Jesus is indeed the Reason for the season—and then treat Him that way. Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
For His glory,
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