The three main texts this week are Romans 5:1-8, Galatians 4:4-6 and 1 John 4:9-10, awesome texts on the Love of God. We’ll be celebrating his self-giving love with a mixture of Christmas Carols and Hymns.
Here’s the YouTube Play List: 141228 Heart Prep
Children’s Story: Sidney and Norman
Offertory: Beneath the Cross of Jesus This is the Indelible Grace version, which is really nice, but it’s not a great recording.
Story: A Nursing Sister
God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen
God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen – Keith and Kristyn Getty
Hark! the Herald Angels Sing – Hymn #133
Scripture for Meditation:
Romans 5:1-8 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. 6For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Galatians 4:4-6 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”
1 John 4:9-10 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.