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“Blessed is He Whose Hope is in the LORD”

Psalm 146:1-10; Luke 1:46-55 December 10, 2017 • Download this sermon (PDF) Beloved Congregation of Christ: Daily, we are faced with many choices, and one of the most important choices is whom to trust: other people (including ourselves), or God. Most of the time, even Christians choose the first, whether consciously or unconsciously. It’s our […]

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“Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”

  Isaiah 11:1; Song of Solomon 2:1 December 10, 2017 (KSYC) Download this article (PDF) This hymn was originally published in Germany in the 1590s by an unknown Roman Catholic hymnwriter. The focus of the hymn was Mary, whom the hymnwriter praises as the “rose of Sharon” in Song of Solomon 2:1, “I am a […]

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Dreaming of a White Christmas?

  Malachi 3:1-5; Mark 1:1-8 November 26, 2017 12:30pm • Download this sermon (PDF) Beloved Congregation of Christ: Imagine listening to Christmas music from September to January. Imagine singing “Winter Wonderland” in 80-degree heat. It will be fitting then to sing, “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas.” But if you were in the Philippines, these would […]

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Christmas in the Psalms

Join us this Advent and Christmas season as we praise Jesus who was born to save us from our sins! December 3 Psalm 74:1-23; Luke 1:67-80 “Remember Your Congregation” December 10 Psalm 146; Luke 1:46-55  “Blessed is He Whose Hope is in the Lord” December 17 Psalm 85; Matthew 1:18-23  “Restore Us Again, O God […]

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“Glory to God!”

Isaiah 52:7; Luke 2:14 December 25, 2016 • Download this sermon (PDF) Congregation of Christ: “Today this message [of peace] goes out to the ends of the earth to reach all peoples, especially those scarred by war and harsh conflicts that seem stronger than the yearning for peace.” So preached Pope Francis on Christmas day […]

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Liturgy for December 25, 2016

On this Lord’s Day, which happens to be Christmas Day as well, I’ve incorporated into the worship service a Festival of Lessons and Carols. The service will be the same as our regular service every Sunday, but will have seven lessons consisting of Scripture readings with short introductions to the readings, followed by hymns related […]

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“What Child is This?”

  December 23, 2016 When the angel announced to the shepherds the birth of Jesus on that first Christmas night 2,000 years ago, they said, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11). This is the fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah […]

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A Tale of Two Conceptions

  Psalm 51:5; Luke 1:30-35 (texts); Heidelberg Catechism Lord’s Day 14 December 18, 2016 • Download this sermon (PDF) Congregation of Christ: To most evangelicals, “Virgin Mary” or “Mary, Mother of God” are easily dismissed as Catholic ideas. But the title, “Mother of God,” is both early and a mistranslation. It was used of Mary […]

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“That Where I Am You May Be Also”

  Isaiah 33:13-16; John 14:1-7, 15-18 (text) December 13, 2015 • Download this sermon (PDF) Congregation of Christ: In 1949, Ira Stanphill composed a song entitled “Mansion Over the Hilltop” that was made popular by Elvis Presley. This song is based upon the misleading translation and mistaken interpretation of Jesus’ promise in John 14:2, “In […]

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Christmas in the Gospel of John

  Our Advent 2015 sermon series: Date Sermon Title Texts November 29 True Food and True Drink from Heaven Numbers 11:4-13; John 1:14; 6:51-59 December 6 “I AM the Light of the World” Isaiah 9:1-7; John 1:1-9; 8:12 December 13 “That Where I am You May be Also” Isaiah 33:13-16; John 14:1-7, 15-18 December 20 […]

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