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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Adopted

Scripture Readings:
Galatians 4:4-7
Romans 8:14-15

Responsive Readings:
Clementsport - 549
Deep Brook -177

Sermon:
Adopted

Bible Memory Verse for December:
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. [John 9:5]

Galatians 4:4-7
4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law,
5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”
7 Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

Romans 8:14-15
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Eve

The Christ Candle

Lighting the Christ Candle on the Advent Wreath

Reader: On this Christmas Eve, we join with Christians all over the world who are gathered to celebrate the birth of the one who is the light of the world.

Pastor: We are here to worship God, and his Son Jesus, born this night in Bethlehem of Judea.

Reader: Over the last few weeks, we have lighted four candles. The first was the candle of hope, reminding us of the promises God made through his prophets that he would raise up a savior for his people Israel. That savior is Christ, the hope and salvation for Christians everywhere.

Pastor: The second was the candle of peace, reminding all Christians that it is only by walking with God that true peace can be found. Christ brings the peace of God to us. He calls us to share with each other the peace that he gives.

Reader: The third candle of joy reminds us of the beautiful angels that God used to spread joyful messages. An angel announced the birth of John to Zechariah, the birth of Jesus to his mother, Mary. It was an angel who brought the news of Jesus’ arrival to the shepherds on the fields outside Bethlehem. God calls all Christians to be filled with joy ourselves and to share that joy with each other.

Pastor: The fourth candle is the candle of love to remind us that Jesus is God's gift of love to us, and that, in him, the light of love triumphs over any darkness in our lives. Love never fails; it transforms all those who give it and receive it. God calls us to share his love with each other.

Reader: We are able to share with you these messages and gifts of hope, peace, love and joy only because of Jesus. We light the Christ candle to remind us that the light of the world was born this night. People who walked in darkness have seen a great light.

(Light the white Christ Candle as the following is spoken.)

Together: For to us a child is born,to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6 NIV)
Let us pray.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Advent 4: LOVE

Scripture Readings:
John 13:33-35

Responsive Readings:
Deep Brook - 810
Clementsport - 561

Sermon:
The Father’s Love

Bible Memory Verse for December:
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. [John 9:5]

John 13:33-35:
33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.
34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Readings for Advent 4: The Love Candle

Reader:
Today we light the Love Candle. At Christmas we celebrate the love God showed us by sending us HIs Son, Jesus Christ. “This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: "Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations”.”
[Matthew 12:17-18]

Pastor:
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
[1 John 4:7-9]

Reader:
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
[1 John 4:10-11]

[Light the Love Candle]

Together:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. [John 3:16]

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Advent 3: the candle of Joy


Reader:
When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.[Matthew 2:9-10]

Pastor:
And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. [Luke 1:41-44]

Reader:
46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. [Luke 1:46-48]

Pastor:
Nehemiah said, "Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” [Nehemiah 8:10]

Together:
[Philippians 4:4]
Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

2nd Advent: Peace

Scripture Readings:
Luke 2:8-14

Responsive Readings:
Deep Brook - 629
Clementsport - 529

Sermon:
Prince of Peace

Bible Memory Verse for December:
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. [John 9:5]

Luke 2:8-14 
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Reading for Lighting the Peace Candle:

Reader:
For unto us a Child is born, 
Unto us a Son is given;
 And the government will be upon His shoulder.
 And His name will be called
 Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God,
 Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. [Isaiah 9:6]

Pastor:
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
 [John 14:27]

Reader:
These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” [John 16:33]

Pastor:
Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. [Matthew 5:9]

[Light the Peace Candle]

Together:
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. [Philippians 4:7]

Sunday, December 2, 2018

1st Advent: Hope

Scripture Readings:
1 Peter 1:3-5, & 13 
Matthew 12:18-21 
Hebrews 6:19a 

Responsive Readings:
Deep Brook - 547
Clementsport - 570

Sermon:
The Power of Hope

Bible Memory Verse for December: 
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. [John 9:5]

Reading for Lighting the Hope Candle:
Pastor:
Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. [1 Peter 1:13]
Reader:
Today is the first Sunday of Advent, when we light the Candle of Hope. The Prophets who lived hundreds of years before Christ told the world of a New Hope: a Saviour, our Light in the Darkness.
Pastor:
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. [Isaiah 40:31]
Reader:
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. [Isaiah 9:6]
[Light the Hope Candle]
Everyone:
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. [Romans 15:13]
Pastor:
Let us pray



1 Peter 1:3-5, & 13 
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 
4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

Matthew 12:18-21 
18 “Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. 
19 He will not quarrel or cry aloud, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets; 
20 a bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory; 
21 and in his name the Gentiles will hope. ”

Hebrews 6:19a 
“Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast”


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