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Heart Prep for Sunday, December 23rd and Christmas Eve, 2018

(Scroll down for Christmas Eve)

The text for Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 is Luke 2:21-40, where Mary and Joseph take Jesus to Jerusalem and Simeon and Anna rejoice in Him. The worship theme is Christmas with a focus on God’s faithfulness. The visual theme is still aurora.

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 181223 Heart Prep and Christmas Eve

Psalm 98:1-6 Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. 2The Lord has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations. 3He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. 4Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! 5Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody! 6With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord!

Isaiah 52:7-10 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” 8The voice of your watchmen—they lift up their voice; together they sing for joy; for eye to eye they see the return of the Lord to Zion. 9Break forth together into singing, you waste places of Jerusalem, for the Lord has comforted his people; he has redeemed Jerusalem. 10The Lord has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

O Come All Ye Faithful

How Suddenly a Baby Cries – Getty

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (Casting Crowns version)

The First Noel – Hymn #136

Prayer Time:
Now That I’ve Held Him in My Arms (Simeon’s Song) – Michael Card

O Holy Night – Hymn #148

Bonus: New Christmas music by Caroline Cobb
Emmanuel (Every Promise Yes in Him)

Scripture for Meditation

Isaiah 49:1-6 Listen to me, O coastlands, and give attention, you peoples from afar. The Lord called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he named my name. 2He made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow; in his quiver he hid me away. 3And he said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.” 4But I said, “I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my right is with the Lord, and my recompense with my God.” 5And now the Lord says, he who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him; and that Israel might be gathered to him— for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord, and my God has become my strength— 6  he says: “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”

Christmas Eve Service

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing – Hymn #133

Of the Father’s Love Begotten

Video: Matthew’s Begats

Matthew 1:17

Matthew 1:18-25

Special: Joseph’s Song – Michael Card

Carol:Welcome to Our World

Luke 2:1-7

Special: Labor of Love – (Andrew Peterson, Jill Phillips)

Carol: Silent Night – Hymn #147

Matthew 2:1-12

Carol:We Three Kings – Hymn #166

John 1:1-18

Special: Noel by Lauren Daigle

Colossians 1:13-20

Philippians 2:5-11 (Cross)

Let all Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

Joy to the World – Hymn #125