The Sermon: Matthew 11:2-11 [NKJV]

2 And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples 3 and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?” 4 Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: 5 The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. 6 And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.” 7 As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 8 But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. 9 But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet. 10 For this is he of whom it is written: ‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.’ 11 “Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Jesus IS the long-awaited Messiah –
Prepare the way before Him

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Third Sunday in Advent

Sunday, December 14, 2014 (9:00 a.m.)

Opening Hymn 62 “Oh, Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel”

The Welcome And Invocation

A Responsive Advent Prayer

P: Eternal Father, throughout the centuries You repeated and reaffirmed Your promises to send the Offspring of the woman to crush the serpent’s head. Through Your prophets of old, You continually directed the eyes of Your people to the Advent coming of their Savior.

C: We praise You, O Lord, for keeping Your promise and sending Your Son to destroy the works of the devil.

P: As we prepare to celebrate the birthday of our King, use Your mighty Word to shatter our pride and to rouse us from spiritual slumber and apathy.

C: Move us to take to heart the words of John: “Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is near.”

P: You sent Your Son to redeem us from sin. Let this Good News be our joy and strength. Use it to cheer the lonely, encourage the fearful, and give hope to the despairing. In these days before Christmas spare us from the stress and frenzy of activities that can easily interfere with our meditation and joy on the true meaning of Christmas.

C: Fill our lives with the message of Your peace and the music of Your grace.

P: Direct our eyes not only to the manger but also to the skies, where we will see Your Son coming again, not as a lowly child, but as the Lord of lords.

C: Lift up our hearts in joyful anticipation of that day.

P: Come quickly, Lord Jesus, in Your grace, in Your power, in Your glory.

C: Come, Lord Jesus! Amen.

Sing Hymn 95 (V 1, 4-6)

Thou, the Father’s only Son, Hast over sin the victory won.
Boundless shall Thy kingdom be; When shall we its glories see?

Brightly doth Thy manger shine, Glorious is its light divine.
Let not sin o’ercloud this light; Ever be our faith thus bright.

Praise to God the Father sing, Praise to God the Son, our King,
Praise to God the Spirit be Ever and eternally.

Old Testament Lesson: Isaiah 35:1-10

The LORD is coming, He shall bring eternal joy to His people!

New Testament Lesson: James 5:7-10

The Old Testament prophets waited patiently for the LORD to come – and just as they foretold for many centuries – He did come. We are to follow their example, always knowing that the LORD will return soon!

The Apostles Creed (Page 12 in Hymnal)

I believe in God the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty; From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.

Hymn 63 – “When All the World was Cursed” (back cover)

The Sermon…………………………………………… Matthew 11:2-11 [NKJV]

2 And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples 3 and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?” 4 Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: 5 The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. 6 And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.” 7 As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 8 But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. 9 But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet. 10 For this is he of whom it is written: ‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.’ 11 “Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Jesus IS the long-awaited Messiah –
Prepare the way before Him

“Create In Me”

Hymn 66 – “Hark The Glad Sound! The Savior Comes”

The Advent Offering

Our Prayers And Our Lord’s Benediction ♫ Amen, Amen, Amen

Closing Hymn 70 – “Hosanna to the Living Lord”

Silent Prayer And Announcements

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