Silent Night | Matt Maher

Since we are in the Twelve Days of Christmas, I thought I would share this wonderful remake of Silent Night by Matt Maher

Speaking of the Twelve Days of Christmas, here is a great post on Seven Quick Facts About the Twelve Days of Christmas.

Sunday Night Thoughts

Sunday Night Thoughts

Most of us have heard of Christmas in July, but this year I think the weather is a little mixed up.  Thanks to a strong El Nino, we have enjoyed quite a warm December – that followed a warmer than normal November.  I’m not complaining at all.  In fact I am enjoying the warmer weather because it is keeping the heating bill down.

This weekend, I had a long weekend off because of Christmas.  Following work on Thursday, our family headed up to Pennsylvania to spend some time with my mom and dad.  We had a great time.  The time went way too fast because we had to return so that I could preach this morning.

I had the privilege of preaching at Waynesboro Wesleyan this morning.  I was without Pam because she is battling a cold.  The message was on Emmanuel: God with Us and the hope that we have because Jesus came in the flesh.  I hope to get the sermon uploaded over night and when I do, I will link it back to this page.  It has a unique twist in it about the Nativity of Revelation.  I’ll bet you didn’t know there was a Nativity story in Revelation.

This evening I returned by myself to preach a message on the importance of the wise men and what we can learn from them.

We have just one more week left of 2015 – needless to say it has been an interesting year.  Pam and I will be posting some thoughts on this year throughout the week.  Stay tuned for all of that.

I pray that your family has had a good Christmas and we will see you next week!

Whatever You Say or Do…

temp_file_whateveryoudo2-960x1243First Sunday after Christmas Day (December 27, 2015)

  • First reading
    • 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26
  • Psalm
    • Psalm 148
  • Second reading
    • Colossians 3:12-17
  • Gospel
    • Luke 2:41-52

 

Colossians 3:12-17 New Living Translation

12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.

Jesus is Born | Angels and Shepherds

angelsLuke 2:9-20 New Living Translation

Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in highest heaven,
    and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.

Merry Christmas

merry-christmas-bannerMerry Christmas from our family to yours!  Our prayer is that you have a great time as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Savior of the World.

O Savior of our fallen race, O brightness of the Father’s face
O Son who shared the Father’s might, before the world knew day or night
O Jesus very Light of light, our constant star in sin’s deep night
Now hear the prayers Your people pray, throughout the world this holy day

Remind us Lord of life and grace, how once to save our fallen race
You put our human vesture on and came to us as Mary’s son
Today as year by year its light, bring to our world a promise bright
One precious truth outshines the sun, salvation comes from You alone

For from the Father’s throne You came, His banished children to reclaim
And earth and sea and sky revere, the love of Him who sent You here
And we are jubilant today, for You have washed our guilt away
O hear the glad new song we sing, on this the birth of Christ our King

O Savior of our fallen race, the world will see Your radiant face
For You who came to us before will come again and all restore
Let songs of praise Your name adorn, O Christ Redeemer virgin born
Whom with the Father we adore and Holy Spirit evermore