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Children's Activity

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Angel -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Leah Thompson -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME
AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME

A mystery -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME

Telling the story -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
At this point, Christmas is just two days away! This is when things really get exciting.
The name of Jesus -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
Teachers and Parents: It is good for children to learn to
O come, O come, Emmanuel -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
Teachers or Parents: Teach the children the words to the
All About Babies -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
Teachers: This week's Bible story tells the background of the
Taking beautiful pictures -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
Materials:
Construction paper

Gospel Grams 2

Children's Bulletin (ages 8-10) -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007

Gospel Grams 1

Children's Bulletin (ages 5-7) -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007

Commentary

Emphasis Preaching Journal

The right gift -- Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
Some gifts we receive are simply add-ons to the polite niceties of the relationship.
Baby changes everything -- Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
As one congregation went through years of great growth and expansion, it became obvious that there c
Good news, better news, best news -- Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- David Kalas, Schuyler Rhodes -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
The apostle Paul begins his letter to the Romans by identifying himself as one who was "set apart fo
Are you kidding? -- Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Over the years, I grow more cynical about Christmas and just about everything that
Happy Easter -- Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
On the first Sunday after Thanksgiving the little box began to appear.
Can God be trusted? -- Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
The central issue for this week's pericopes is the question of whether God is faithful to God's prom
It's all about Jesus -- Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 1995
If you are an "Advent purist," one who refuses to preach Advent sermons that lapse into the Christma
Kings, servants and the Savior! -- Isaiah 7:10-14 (15-17), Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-24 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
In the play St.
The road no one wants to travel -- Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
Last winter, I had to attend a meeting in Ontario, Canada.

Children's bulletin

Gospel Grams 2

Children's Bulletin (ages 8-10) -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007

Gospel Grams 1

Children's Bulletin (ages 5-7) -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007

Children's Liturgy and Story

The Village Shepherd

Jasmine's Christmas Present -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Janice B. Scott -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
Call to Worship:

Children's sermon

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A mystery -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2017
Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother
Wow! God Is With Us! -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
Has anyone ever told you, "You look just like your father or just like your mother?" You can't hide
God With Us -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Anna Shirey -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
Piece of cake -- Romans 1:1-7 -- Leah Thompson -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God… (v.
Angel -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Leah Thompson -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and sai
We are chosen -- Romans 1:1-7 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
... including yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ. (v. 6)


The promise is fulfilled -- Romans 1:1-7 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
It's almost here! Tomorrow is Christmas Eve. In two days Christmas will finally be here.
Telling the story -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
The Gospel lesson for today is probably one you've heard before.
Set apart -- Romans 1:1-7 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
Good morning! Have any of you ever seen a sign like this?
The name of Jesus -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
Good morning! In the Gospel reading we heard that an angel
Grace -- Romans 1:1-7 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
What an exciting day this is! Today is the day before
O come, O come, Emmanuel -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
Everyone has a name. Do any of you know how you got your name?
God calls you -- Romans 1:1-7 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
Good morning, boys and girls. What am I holding? (Show the
What's in a name? -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
Editor's note: To prepare for this lesson, go to a library and
Taking beautiful pictures -- Romans 1:1-7 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
Good morning, boys and girls. I have something special with me this morning.
The meaning of names -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
Good morning, boys and girls. How important is a name?

The Immediate Word

Fathering Hope: Giving Joseph A Voice -- Matthew 1:18-25, Isaiah 7:10-16, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Mary Austin, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
As we all know, the holiday season preceding Christmas is not universally one of comfort and joy, of
Longing For Peace -- Matthew 1:18-25, Isaiah 7:10-16, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013

Because of the close proximity this year of the Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve/Day --

Hey, Grinch -- Bring Back Christmas! -- Matthew 1:18-25, Romans 1:1-7, Isaiah 7:10-16, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Mary Austin, Kate Murphy, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
On this final Sunday before Christmas, the collision between the secular Christmas season and the sa
An Unlikely Place -- Matthew 1:18-25, Romans 1:1-7, Isaiah 7:10-16, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Scott Suskovic, Barbara Jurgensen, Thom M. Shuman -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
In any drama, the right setting for a scene can be key.
A Good-Enough Marriage -- Matthew 1:18-25, Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Psalm 80:1-7 -- Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
December 19, 2004

Fourth Sunday of Advent, Cycle A

Children's Story

The Village Shepherd

The Special Christmas Gift -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Janice B. Scott -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
Matty was very excited.

Devotional

SermonStudio

Advent 4 -- Isaiah 7:10-16 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.
Advent 4 -- Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.
-- Psalm 80:3

Advent 4 -- Romans 1:1-7 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Advent 4 -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
...

Drama

SermonStudio

Never Give Up On God ... God Never Gives Up On You! -- Matthew 1:18-25, Isaiah 7:10-17, Romans 1:1-7 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Thespian Theological Thoughts
Mr. Roberts And The Christmas Tree -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
Theme

Illustration

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Sermon Illustrations for Advent 4 (2016) -- Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25 -- Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Bob Ove, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Bonnie Bates -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
Isaiah 7:10-16
Sermon Illustrations for Advent 4 (2013) -- Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25 -- Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Derl G. Keefer, Bob Ove -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
Isaiah 7:10-16
Bobby McFerrin... -- Isaiah 7:10-16 -- Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
Bobby McFerrin is best known to us for his iconic 1988 feel-good hit song "Don't Worry, Be Happy." S
Children are... -- Isaiah 7:10-16 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
Children are an important part of the scriptures.
This close to... -- Isaiah 7:10-16 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
This close to Christmas we are led to think of children and their welfare.
A servant could... -- Romans 1:1-7 -- Bob Ove -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
A servant could mean a slave, or it could mean the messenger of a king -- a high officer in the roya
This passage... -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
This passage deals with the entrance of the Savior on the planet earth.
The story... -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
The story of Mary's pregnancy and eventual virgin birth is a problem for some American Christians.
The Fourth... -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
The Fourth Ecumenical Council, also known as the Council of Chalcedon, was a church council held fro
The ability of the Christmas spirit to transform lives -- Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
The ability of the Christmas spirit... -- Isaiah 7:10-16 -- Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
The ability of the Christmas spirit to transform lives and restore fellowship is aptly illustrated i
In Persian folklore... -- Isaiah 7:10-16 -- Leah Thompson -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
In Persian folklore, a king has a request for his viziers.
Often in a person's life... -- Romans 1:1-7 -- Craig Kelly -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Often in a person's life, there is a singular moment that defines their legacy, good or bad.
Country music singer Brad Paisley... -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Leah Thompson -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Country music singer Brad Paisley is famous for witty lyrics and clever songs.
Names. Nicknames. Titles... -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Names. Nicknames. Titles.
Choir tryouts were a nerve... -- Romans 1:1-7 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Choir tryouts were a nerve-racking experience for the students.
In the thirteenth century, Francis... -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
In the thirteenth century, Francis of Assisi regained the experience and energy of Christian hope.
Do you find it difficult... -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Do you find it difficult to trust your spouse, your children, or your friends?
They shall name him Emmanuel... -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
"They shall name him Emmanuel, which means 'God is with us.' " I know and you know family and friend
Humans long for signs from... -- Isaiah 7:10-16 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Humans long for signs from God or from the Bible. Ernest Gordon, a prisoner of the
The conversation between God's prophet... -- Isaiah 7:10-16 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
The conversation between God's prophet Isaiah and King Ahaz is difficult to understand
In Chungking, China, in November... -- Isaiah 7:10-16 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
In Chungking, China, in November 1950, Methodist missionary, Francis Olin Stockwell,

The Immediate Word

Fathering Hope: Giving Joseph A Voice -- Matthew 1:18-25, Isaiah 7:10-16, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Mary Austin, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
As we all know, the holiday season preceding Christmas is not universally one of comfort and joy, of
Longing For Peace -- Matthew 1:18-25, Isaiah 7:10-16, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013

Because of the close proximity this year of the Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve/Day --

Hey, Grinch -- Bring Back Christmas! -- Matthew 1:18-25, Romans 1:1-7, Isaiah 7:10-16, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Mary Austin, Kate Murphy, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
On this final Sunday before Christmas, the collision between the secular Christmas season and the sa

Intercession

The Village Shepherd

All-Knowing God... -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Janice B. Scott -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
Prayers usually include these concerns and may follow this sequence:

Preaching

The Immediate Word

Fathering Hope: Giving Joseph A Voice -- Matthew 1:18-25, Isaiah 7:10-16, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Mary Austin, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
As we all know, the holiday season preceding Christmas is not universally one of comfort and joy, of
Longing For Peace -- Matthew 1:18-25, Isaiah 7:10-16, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013

Because of the close proximity this year of the Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve/Day --

Hey, Grinch -- Bring Back Christmas! -- Matthew 1:18-25, Romans 1:1-7, Isaiah 7:10-16, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Mary Austin, Kate Murphy, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
On this final Sunday before Christmas, the collision between the secular Christmas season and the sa
An Unlikely Place -- Matthew 1:18-25, Romans 1:1-7, Isaiah 7:10-16, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Scott Suskovic, Barbara Jurgensen, Thom M. Shuman -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
In any drama, the right setting for a scene can be key.
A Good-Enough Marriage -- Matthew 1:18-25, Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Psalm 80:1-7 -- Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
December 19, 2004

Fourth Sunday of Advent, Cycle A

SermonStudio

Fourth Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25 -- Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Theme For The Day
Sometimes a good-enough Christmas is more than enough.
Advent 4 -- Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2006
(See Advent 1, Cycle B, and Proper 15/Pentecost 13/Ordinary Time 20, Cycle C, for alternative app
Fourth Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
THE LESSONS
Nativity -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Jeff Wedge -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way.
Fourth Sunday in Advent -- Isaiah 7:10-16 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
"O that thou wouldst rend the heavens and come down" (Isaiah 64:1).
Fourth Sunday Of Advent -- Derl G. Keefer, C. Neil Strait -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2002
WORSHIP HELPS

CALL TO WORSHIP
Fourth Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001

Seasonal Theme
Nativity -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
1. Text
Fourth Sunday In Advent -- Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS
The Attitude of Obedience -- Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 1995
BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS
The Infinite Becomes An Infant -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 1992
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way.
The Infinite Becomes An Infant The Miracle Of The Nativity -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 1992
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way.
Fourth Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 1992
Lesson 1: Isaiah 7:10-16 (C); Isaiah 7:10-17 (E); Isaiah 7:10-14 (15-17) (L); Isaiah 7:10-14 (RC)
Fourth Sunday of Advent -- Isaiah 7:10-17, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25 -- George M. Bass -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 1989
The church year theological clue

Sermon

The Immediate Word

Fathering Hope: Giving Joseph A Voice -- Matthew 1:18-25, Isaiah 7:10-16, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Mary Austin, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
As we all know, the holiday season preceding Christmas is not universally one of comfort and joy, of
Longing For Peace -- Matthew 1:18-25, Isaiah 7:10-16, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013

Because of the close proximity this year of the Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve/Day --

Hey, Grinch -- Bring Back Christmas! -- Matthew 1:18-25, Romans 1:1-7, Isaiah 7:10-16, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Mary Austin, Kate Murphy, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
On this final Sunday before Christmas, the collision between the secular Christmas season and the sa
An Unlikely Place -- Matthew 1:18-25, Romans 1:1-7, Isaiah 7:10-16, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Scott Suskovic, Barbara Jurgensen, Thom M. Shuman -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
In any drama, the right setting for a scene can be key.
A Good-Enough Marriage -- Matthew 1:18-25, Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Psalm 80:1-7 -- Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
December 19, 2004

Fourth Sunday of Advent, Cycle A

SermonStudio

The Total Gift -- Romans 1:1-7 -- Timothy J. Smith -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
It is easy to get so caught up in the sentimentality and nostalgia of Christmas that we neglect the
Center Stage -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Charles L. Aaron, Jr. -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Now that Matthew has finished his genealogy, he starts his narrative.
Stop, Drop, Cover, And Roll! -- Isaiah 7:10-16 -- Tony S. Everett -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Pastor Terry had planned what she anticipated would be an excellent children's message for the fourt
Set Apart At Christmas -- Romans 1:1-7 -- John N. Brittain -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
I am so old that I can actually remember when there was a difference between the number of "shopping
A Gift For You -- Romans 1:1-7 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
Christmas is almost here.
The Power Of Positive Dreaming -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Susan R. Andrews -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
According to tradition, Joseph was the strong, silent type - an older carpenter who willingly submit
The Strangeness Of God's Care -- Isaiah 7:10-16 -- John T. Ball -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
Religion is a mutual relationship. We pledge loyalty and devotion to God and God blesses us.
Now Playing: God, Live And In Person! -- Isaiah 7:10-16 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Some years ago I was in a London theater watching a Harold Pinter play.
Even Me, God? -- Romans 1:1-7 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
E-mail
From: KDM
To: God
Subject: Grace And Peace
What To Do? -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Linda Schiphorst Mccoy -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Most of us have probably come to some major turning point in life when we're been trying to determin
The Promise Containing All Promises -- Isaiah 7:10-16, Matthew 1:18-25 -- R. Glen Miles -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
"The Lord himself will give you a sign" is the way Isaiah begins his recitation of the promise conta
And Then Came The Angel -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- William B. Kincaid, III -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
If we cannot relate to Joseph and appreciate his situation, then our lives are simple, easy lives in
Designated Son Of God -- Romans 1:1-7 -- Frank Luchsinger -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
"Descended from David ...
The Christmas Sign -- Isaiah 7:10-16 -- Paul E. Robinson -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 1995
Ever need a sign of hope? Ever need a sign that things are going to be all right?
Emmanuel: An Advent Dayenu -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Mark Wm. Radecke -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 1995
In the Jewish tradition there is a liturgy and accompanying song called "Dayenu." Dayenu is a
Mary Christmas -- Matthew 1:18-24 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 1992
So, where are the shepherds?
The Baby Who Changes Everything -- Isaiah 7:10-16 -- Robert A. Beringer -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 1992
Love Transcending Law and Custom -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Joe E. Pennel, Jr -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 1989
Joseph was in a bind! Mary, his betrothed, had become pregnant.
The Promise of Emmanuel -- Isaiah 7:10-17 -- Thomas E. Ridenhour, Sr. -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 1986
This is a strange season in which we are now living.

The Village Shepherd

Signs -- Isaiah 7:10-16 -- Janice B. Scott -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
In the comedy film "Bruce Almighty", Bruce is thoroughly frustrated with his life which seems to be

Stories

StoryShare

The Midwife -- Matthew 1:18-25, Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Keith Hewitt, John Fitzgerald -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
Contents
"The Midwife" by Keith Hewitt
A Snowstorm Is Coming! -- Matthew 1:18-25, Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Keith Wagner, Frank Ramirez -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
Contents
"A Snowstorm Is Coming!" by Keith Wagner
The Cell -- Matthew 1:18-25, Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Keith Hewitt -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Contents
"The Cell" by Keith Hewitt
"Angels Among Us" by Constance Berg
Samantha -- Matthew 1:18-25, Romans 1:1-7, Isaiah 7:10-17, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Argile Smith, C. David Mckirachan, Scott Dalgarno, Stan Purdum -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Contents
What's Up This Week
"Samantha" by Argile Smith
A Sign For Christmas -- Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
StoryShare

Edited by John Sumwalt and Jo Perry-Sumwalt

A Sign For Christmas -- Isaiah 7:10-16, Matthew 1:18-25, Romans 1:1-7, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
Contents
What's Up This Week
A Story to Live By: "

SermonStudio

Joseph -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- David E. Leininger -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
What a mess! Put yourself in Joseph's sandals. A simple man, a carpenter.
Gram -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
William Bell
The Perfect Imperfect Pageant -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his
Angels Among Us -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Constance Berg -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Books and magazines are filled with people's encounters with "angels": people who give selflessly, p
Mary's Christmas Letter -- Isaiah 7:10-16 -- Timothy J. Smith -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
Mary was a loving, thoughtful woman who took the time to write personal notes with her Christmas car

Worship

The Immediate Word

Fathering Hope: Giving Joseph A Voice -- Matthew 1:18-25, Isaiah 7:10-16, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Mary Austin, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
As we all know, the holiday season preceding Christmas is not universally one of comfort and joy, of
Longing For Peace -- Matthew 1:18-25, Isaiah 7:10-16, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013

Because of the close proximity this year of the Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve/Day --

Hey, Grinch -- Bring Back Christmas! -- Matthew 1:18-25, Romans 1:1-7, Isaiah 7:10-16, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Mary Austin, Kate Murphy, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
On this final Sunday before Christmas, the collision between the secular Christmas season and the sa
An Unlikely Place -- Matthew 1:18-25, Romans 1:1-7, Isaiah 7:10-16, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Scott Suskovic, Barbara Jurgensen, Thom M. Shuman -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
In any drama, the right setting for a scene can be key.
A Good-Enough Marriage -- Matthew 1:18-25, Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Psalm 80:1-7 -- Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
December 19, 2004

Fourth Sunday of Advent, Cycle A

SermonStudio

Fourth Sunday In Advent -- Romans 1:1-7 -- Robert S. Jarboe -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
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Fourth Sunday In Advent -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Robert S. Jarboe -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
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Fourth Sunday In Advent -- Isaiah 7:10-16 -- Robert S. Jarboe -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
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Fourth Sunday In Advent -- Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Robert S. Jarboe -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
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Bulletin Insert for Fourth Sunday in Advent for Year A -- Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Robert S. Jarboe -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Fourth Sunday In Advent

Advent Wreath Service
Reader A:
Advent 4 -- Matthew 1:18-25, Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Amy C. Schifrin, Martha Shonkwiler -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Gathering
Advent 4 -- Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25 -- Thom M. Shuman -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Call To Worship
One: We gather in preparation
What A Sign! -- Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25 -- Frank Ramirez -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
Call To Worship (based on Isaiah 7:11 and 14)
Fourth Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 7:10-16, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25 -- Beverly S. Bailey -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
Hymns
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (UM211, PH9, LBW34, CBH172, NCH116)
Fourth Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 7:10-16 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Theme: Immanuel

Call To Worship
Fourth Sunday Of Advent -- Romans 1:1-7 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Theme: Called To Belong To Jesus Christ -- Son Of God

Call To Worship
Fourth Sunday Of Advent -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Theme: The Birth Of Jesus

Call To Worship
Fourth Sunday Of Advent -- Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Words Of Assurance
Fulfillment -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Wayne H. Keller -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
The Community Gathers To Celebrate God's Promise Of Fulfillment
The Birth Of Jesus -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 1992
Suggestions:
Use in ordinary sequence with the scripture reading.
The Birth Of Jesus -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 1992
Suggestions:
Use in ordinary sequence with the scripture reading.
FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT -- Isaiah 7:10-16, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25 -- B. David Hostetter -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP
Our futile present vs. God's future presence -- Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Psalm 24, Matthew 1:18-25 -- Paul A. Laughlin -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 1989
Exegetical note: In its original setting, this famous prophecy was directed at a reluctant recipient
God is with his people -- Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7 -- Heth H. Corl -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 1986
Call to Worship
Pastor:
ADVENT 4 -- Psalm 24, Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25 -- Norman A. Beck -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 1986
Many of us will recall use of this psalm in opening worship services for Sunday School or call to wo
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It can not only be hard, but in some cases not possible to say much at all on Easter morning, what with Easter Breakfast, perhaps a cantata, a children’s choir, and an Easter egg hunt swallowing up any space you might have for preaching. But this is the central message of our faith. Jesus is Risen. This changes everything.

Now do not despair. You can preach Easter every Sunday. For the earliest Christians every Sunday was Easter! Even so, if you’re feeling squeezed you can still take one of these passages and make an important point.

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Mary Austin
Christopher Keating
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Thomas Willadsen
George Reed
Bethany Peerbolte
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For me, the heart of the psalmist’s message is his willingness to be a faithful servant, making commitments to God through sacrifice and love. It takes courage to live sacrificially, none the less our faith is strengthened and we become closer to God with our dedication and loyalty.
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Happy Easter morning boys and girls,

Today I have the best news ever to share with you. Are you ready to hear it? (children respond) First, notice I have a container (box or can) with a lid on it. Inside we will find ____________.  (for example: oreo cookies, legos etc.)

So let's see what is inside. (open lid) What do we see? Nothing. What? Aren't there supposed to be ___________ inside?? (children respond)
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“When Jesus had received the wine, he said,'it is finished,' then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.'”

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Today I am feeling very quiet. You know why? It is a holy day, a somber day.

How are you feeling? (children respond) We call it Good Friday. That's a strange name for a sad day isn't it? Perhaps today, the day we remember our Lord Jesus died, we might call Bad Friday or Dark Friday or Sad Friday. But no, it's Good Friday.
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We Christians are often reckoned to be a sad bunch, at least in the opinion of non-Christian western society. And sometimes, I think they're right. We must seem a bit pathetic to normal red-blooded human beings as we go to church each Sunday, singing hymns and indulging in all kinds of odd rituals, when we could be cleaning the car or shopping or playing sport or otherwise enjoying ourselves.

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