Sermon from Pastor Russ Falk | Worship leader: Tawnya Hons (songs below)
Passage: Luke 1:39-56
This coming Sunday, December 4th, we will start a new sermon series for Christmas. It is called ANTICIPATION, a feeling of excitement about something that will happen in the near future.
Christmas is a season that is marked by the joy of anticipation. For some, the excitement comes because of the gifts we exchange at Christmas; for others, the anticipation of family gatherings is what brings great joy. For some others, it could be the days of rest between Christmas and New Year.
Jesus' birth also caused great anticipation in the heavens and on earth to people who walked with God. These coming Sundays in December, we will explore the hearts of some righteous persons, like Mary, Jesus' mother; a devout man called Simeon; the prophetess Anna; and Zechariah, who was the father of John the Baptist. All of them were eagerly waiting for the coming of the promised Messiah.
On our Christmas Eve service, we also will talk about anticipation. The same Jesus that came more than 2000 years ago, had promised He would come once more, and we look with anticipation for His return.
The video will be available Sunday, December 4 at 10:15 am
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Songs this week:
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O Come All You Unfaithful, Sovereign Grace Music
Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne, hymn
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, hymn
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus, hymn
Angels From the Realms of Glory, hymn
Mary’s Visit to Elizabeth
39 In those days Mary set out and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judah 40 where she entered Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped inside her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 Then she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and your child will be blessed! 43 How could this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For you see, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped for joy inside me. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill what he has spoken to her!”
Mary’s Praise 46 And Mary said: My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 because he has looked with favor on the humble condition of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed, 49 because the Mighty One has done great things for me, and his name is holy. 50 His mercy is from generation to generation on those who fear him. 51 He has done a mighty deed with his arm; he has scattered the proud because of the thoughts of their hearts; 52 he has toppled the mighty from their thrones and exalted the lowly. 53 He has satisfied the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty. 54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering his mercy 55 to Abraham and his descendants[b] forever, just as he spoke to our ancestors. 56 And Mary stayed with her about three months; then she returned to her home.