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The Third Article: Raise Up Me And All The Dead -- Isaiah 42:1-7 -- James A. Lucas -- 2000
The Apostles' Creed -- The Third Article
The Third Article: God's Gift Of Eternal Life -- Joel 3:9-21 -- James A. Lucas -- 2000
The Apostles' Creed -- The Third Article
The First Commandment: Eyes On Jesus -- Deuteronomy 11:26-32, Colossians 1:15-20 -- James A. Lucas -- 2000
The First Commandment
The Introduction: Our Father In Heaven -- Isaiah 63:8-16, Matthew 6:5-8 -- James A. Lucas -- 2000
The Lord's Prayer -- The Introduction
The Second Commandment: God's Name -- Isaiah 9:1-7, Ephesians 5:15-20 -- James A. Lucas -- 2000
The Second Commandment
The First Petition: Hallowed Be Thy Name -- Psalm 103:1-14 -- James A. Lucas -- 2000
The Lord's Prayer -- The First Petition
The Third Commandment: Holding God's Word Sacred -- Exodus 20:8-11, Acts 2:36-47, Matthew 11:25-30 -- James A. Lucas -- 2000
The Third Commandment
The Second Petition: Thy Kingdom Come -- 1 Samuel 8:1-9, Colossians 1:9-14 -- James A. Lucas -- 2000
The Lord's Prayer -- The Second Petition
The Fourth Commandment: Holding Parents In Love And Esteem -- Proverbs 23:22-25 -- James A. Lucas -- 2000
The Fourth Commandment
The Third Petition: Thy Will Be Done -- Psalm 115:1-18, 1 Timothy 2:1-4 -- James A. Lucas -- 2000
The Lord's Prayer -- The Third Petition
The Fifth Commandment: Help And Befriend -- Proverbs 31:1-7, Romans 12:9-21 -- James A. Lucas -- 2000
The Fifth Commandment
The Fourth Petition: Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread -- Proverbs 30:7-9 -- James A. Lucas -- 2000
The Lord's Prayer -- The Fourth Petition
The Sixth Commandment: A Chaste And Decent Life -- Genesis 2:15-25, Ephesians 5:21-33 -- James A. Lucas -- 2000
The Sixth Commandment
The Fifth Petition: Forgive Us Our Trespasses -- Psalm 32:1-6, Ephesians 4:30-32 -- James A. Lucas -- 2000
The Lord's Prayer -- The Fifth Petition
The Seventh Commandment: Improve And Protect -- Genesis 14:14-16 -- James A. Lucas -- 2000
The Seventh Commandment
The Sixth Petition: Lead Us Not Into Temptation -- Psalm 25:1-12, Matthew 4:1-11 -- James A. Lucas -- 2000
The Lord's Prayer -- The Sixth Petition
The Eighth Commandment: Speak Well Of Your Neighbor -- Proverbs 31:8-9, Matthew 18:15-20 -- James A. Lucas -- 2000
The Eighth Commandment
The Seventh Petition: Deliver Us From Evil -- Psalm 71:1-12 -- James A. Lucas -- 2000
The Lord's Prayer -- The Seventh Petition
The Ninth Commandment: Help And Be Of Service -- Psalm 16:5-6, 1 Timothy 6:6-10, Matthew 6:25-34 -- James A. Lucas -- 2000
The Ninth Commandment
The Conclusion: Thine Is The Kingdom -- Psalm 103:15-22, Luke 23:32-43 -- James A. Lucas -- 2000
The Lord's Prayer -- The Conclusion
The Tenth Commandment: Satisfaction -- Deuteronomy 5:21 -- James A. Lucas -- 2000
The Tenth Commandment
The Conclusion: Thine Is The Power -- Psalm 68:28-35, Romans 1:16-17, Luke 4:1-13 -- James A. Lucas -- 2000
The Lord's Prayer -- The Conclusion
The Close Of The Commandments: Grace And Every Blessing -- Exodus 20:4-6, Matthew 5:17-20 -- James A. Lucas -- 2000
The Close Of The Commandments
The Conclusion: Thine Is The Glory -- Isaiah 40:1-5 -- James A. Lucas -- 2000
The Lord's Prayer -- The Conclusion
The First Article: God Gave Me My Eyes And Ears -- Genesis 1:26-27, Ephesians 2:1-10 -- James A. Lucas -- 2000
The Apostles' Creed -- the first article

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The Immediate Word

Mary Austin
Bethany Peerbolte
Christopher Keating
Ron Love
Thomas Willadsen
George Reed
Dean Feldmeyer
For December 23, 2018:


Arley K. Fadness
“...and Mary gave birth to her first born son...and laid him in a manger..”

(V. 7a)

Merry Christmas children,

I love Christmas don't you? There's the tree, the lights, the carols, the nativity scene, families getting together --- and the presents! Were there any presents at your house?

(children respond)
Arley K. Fadness
“...blessed are you among women...” (V. 42b)

Good morning boys and girls,

I am loving seeing you today. How are you dear children? Getting excited for Christmas? Are you planning special things with your family?

(children respond) (presenter may share personal plans and/or experiences)

Today, this Sunday, is called the 4th Sunday of Advent. We call it that in the church calendar. But I have a better name. Know what it is? Mother's Day!!


Peter Andrew Smith
Frank Ramirez
“Seeing the Future” by Peter Andrew Smith
“A Distant Land” by Frank Ramirez

Seeing the Future
by Peter Andrew Smith
Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20

John sat at the edge of his bed in the half way house staring out the window.

“Are you okay, John?” Carl asked from the doorway.

Keith Hewitt
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“First Encounter” by Keith Hewitt
“That’s Weird” by C. David McKirachan

First Encounter
by Keith Hewitt
Luke 1:39-45, (46-55)

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Bonnie Bates
Bob Ove
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Ron Love
Mark Ellingsen
Isaiah 62:6-11
This seems to be a change he looks forward to in Old Testament times. Isaiah is looking forward to the Lord’s coming. He is telling the people in that day to look forward to Jerusalem being restored, Jesus is the only one who can restore it.

Several future books in the Old Testament have restored watchmen to wait on the Lord’s coming. It sounds like we must spend all our time waiting for the day the Lord has promised. It sounds like we must give him no rest until we get it.

Mark Ellingsen
All the lessons testify to the theme of why Christmas matters! The festival encourages sermons on what Christ accomplishes in our lives and a joyful celebration of thanks for the best Christmas present of all -- the babe in the manger.

Isaiah 62:6-12
Mark Ellingsen
Bob Ove
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Ron Love
Micah 5:2-5a
But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah…(Micah 5:2).

Most towns have a slogan. We remember the clever ones.

I spent part of my childhood in the city of Azusa, California. The town was named after the Susa family, ranchers who owned much of the land during the days of Spanish colonization. But the town fathers decided they needed something a little more catchy, so they advertised that Azusa has everything from A to Z in the USA.
Frank Ramirez
“Current Events” can be very significant at the time they happen, but they can change and/or grow in significance as time goes by. Micah addresses a current political situation in his day that is pretty significant. Judah is under siege from Assyria. But the words of hope that he shares grow in significance over the centuries until hundreds of years later biblical experts are able to tell the Magi that Micah is telling us -- and is still telling us -- that the greatest king of kings will be coming from one of the smallest of the clans of Israel.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:

Come, let us go even now to Bethlehem with the shepherds and the angels and see Mary and Joseph, with the baby lying in a manger.

Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, we come to worship the baby in the manger.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, we come to offer ourselves and our own gifts.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, we come to absorb your love.
Lord, have mercy.

Janice B. Scott
While I consider myself to be very much in tune with the modern era, well into technology and all that it can offer, there are times when I look back with nostalgia to the past.


Cynthia E. Cowen
The Christmas concert was about to begin. The professional musicians were ready. All eyes were on the band director as he brought down his baton. Softly, flutes began weaving a magical introduction, capturing the audience's spirit. An instrumental duet formed with clarinets adding their voices. Then more wind instruments came in. Finally, brass and percussion entered and volume and tempo increased. Each section's contribution melded into a harmonious voice. The rehearsals had been worth it; the time and labor had not been in vain.
Paul E. Flesner
Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr once observed that the Christmas event can only be spoken about in poetry. He went on to comment that over the centuries preachers have analyzed it in their sermons and have turned Christmas into dogma. "Dogma," he said, "is rationally petrified poetry." I think I understand what he means. He means that Christmas speaks to the heart.

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