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God spoke -- John 1:1-14 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOMEMaterials:
"The gift" -- Luke 2:1-20 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
Parents: The focus at Christmas is children. The gifts we
"Words or Word?" -- John 1:1-14 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
Teachers or Parents: Show your chidren how you communicate
Angel cookies -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
Teachers: One of the main characters in Luke's Christmas story

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Children's Activity Bulletin -- Luke 2:1-20 -- Ages 8-10 -- Luke 2:1-20 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C

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Children's Activity Bulletin -- Luke 2:1-20 -- Ages 5-7 -- Luke 2:1-20 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C

Commentary

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Gifting -- Isaiah 62:6-12, Titus 3:4-7, Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20 -- Wayne Brouwer -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2021
What did you get for Christmas?
Why Christmas Matters -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-20 -- Mark Ellingsen -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2018
All the lessons testify to the theme of why Christmas matters!
An upside-down Christmas -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-20 -- Frank Ramirez -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2015
The Christmas holiday is so beautiful, so central to our faith, with lights shining in the darkness
More than a warm feeling -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-20 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2012
The Christmas story is one of the best-loved stories in the Bible.
Birth announcement -- Isaiah 62:6-12, Titus 3:4-7, Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20, Psalm 97 -- David Kalas -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
Christmas Day. For many of us, it is the fondest day of the year. As children, the holiday
Beartivity -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-14 (15-20), Psalm 96 -- William H. Shepherd -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2003
I live in a house with my wife, two cats, and about 200 teddy bears.
Extreme measures -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-20 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2000
We live in a world of extremes.
Wonder-filled -- Isaiah 52:7-10, Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12), John 1:1-14 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2000
What will be special about Christmas this year? What will be the same about Christmas this year?
Sheer grace -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-20 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 1997
All three lessons appointed for celebrating The Nativity of Our Lord have at their heart a resoundin
Our God reigns -- Isaiah 52:7-10, Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12), John 1:1-14 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 1997
The Babylonian captivity provided the original context for this oracle.
God and the back forty -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 1994
Luke's nativity stories focus not on the movers, shakers and power centers of that ancient world but

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Children's Activity Bulletin -- Luke 2:1-20 -- Ages 8-10 -- Luke 2:1-20 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C

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Children's Activity Bulletin -- Luke 2:1-20 -- Ages 5-7 -- Luke 2:1-20 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C

Children's Liturgy and Story

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David's Grandma -- Luke 2:1-7 -- Janice B. Scott -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
Call to Worship:
The Best Present Ever -- Luke 2:8-20 -- Janice B. Scott -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
Call to Worship: Come, let us go even now to Bethlehem with the shepherds and the

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The Best Present Ever -- Luke 2:8-20 -- Janice B. Scott -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
Call to Worship: Come, let us go even now to Bethlehem with the shepherds and the

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God's Surprises! Part 5 -- Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20 -- John Jamison -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2021
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.
The Gift That Never Ceases Giving -- Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20 -- Arley K. Fadness -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2018
“...and Mary gave birth to her first born son...and laid him in a manger..”
Jesus Came to All -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2015
The Point: You are invited to the greatest moment in history ? Jesus’ birth
Christ Is Born! -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- Anna Shirey -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2012
First Thoughts
A great gift -- Titus 2:11-14 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all. (v. 11)
Where is he? -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
This will be a sign for you; you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth
The most important -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
Having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is
God spoke -- John 1:1-14 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his
Standing in line -- Luke 2:1-20 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
Merry Christmas! How many of you ever got a new car for Christmas?
The greatest gift -- Titus 2:11-14 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
Good evening! Tonight is Christmas Eve. How many of you will
What did they expect? -- Luke 2:1-20 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
Good evening! Tonight is Christmas Eve. I want you to think
Waiting ... for hope -- Titus 2:11-14 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
The time is close -- very close. Christmas is coming
The gift -- Luke 2:1-20 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
Christmas Eve has arrived and I wonder, what is it we
A new way of speaking -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
A hundred years ago, most people spoke to one another
Words or Word? -- John 1:1-14 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
Merry Christmas! Today we should talk about Jesus -- since
Waiting for blessed hope -- Titus 2:11-14 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
Good morning (or evening), boys and girls. What's today (or
The child in the manger -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
Good morning (or good evening), boys and girls. What did I
Take a number, please -- Titus 2:11-14 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
Good morning, boys and girls.

The Immediate Word

Happy Xmas -- Is War Over? / Merry Anxious Christmas -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Luke 2:1-20, 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26, Colossians 3:12-17, Luke 2:41-52, Psalm 148 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Quantisha Mason-Doll -- The Nativity of our Lord - C, First Sunday after Christmas Day - C -- 2021
For December 24/25/26, 2021:
Can We Be The (Peaceful) True Believers? -- Luke 2:14 (15-20), Luke 1:46b-55, Micah 5:2-5a -- Robin Lostetter, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2015
As we continue to come to terms with a recent spate of mass shootings -- capped by seemingly sensele
The Hope For Peace -- Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20, Titus 3:4-7, Isaiah 62:6-12, Psalm 97 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
Hope is all around us this time of year.

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Take a number, please -- Titus 2:11-14 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
Good morning, boys and girls.

Children's Story

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The Christmas Thorn Of Glastonbury -- Luke 2:1-20 -- Janice B. Scott -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
After baby Jesus grew up to be a man, he got into terrible trouble, and wicked people killed him.

Devotional

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Christmas Eve / Christmas Day -- Isaiah 52:7-10 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2009
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings go
Christmas Eve / Christmas Day -- Psalm 98 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2009
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises.
Christmas Eve / Christmas Day -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2009
Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last d
Christmas Eve / Christmas Day -- John 1:1-14 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2009
The light shines in darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.-- John 1:5

Drama

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Incarnation -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-20, Psalm 96 -- John A. Tenbrook -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2003
Thespian Theological Thoughts
Joseph's Friend -- Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23 -- Robert F. Crowley -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 1997
Theme
Letting God -- Luke 2:1-20, Matthew 2:1-11 -- Pamela Urfer -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 1994
Cast: MARY, JOSEPH, three SHEPHERDS and three KINGS. The shepherds may be of either gender.

Illustration

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Sermon Illustrations for The Nativity of Our Lord (2021) -- Isaiah 62:6-12, Luke 2:1-14 (15-20), Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20, Titus 3:4-7 -- Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Mark Ellingsen -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2021
Isaiah 62:6-12
Sermon Illustrations for The Nativity of Our Lord (2018) -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- Bonnie Bates, Bob Ove, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2018
Isaiah 62:6-11
Sermon Illustrations for The Nativity of Our Lord (2015) -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- Bonnie Bates, Bob Ove, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, R. Robert Cueni, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2015
Isaiah 9:2-7
Sermon Illustrations for The Nativity of Our Lord (2012) -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- Mark J. Molldrem, Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2012
Isaiah 9:2-7
Women and children and unsaved into the lifeboats... -- Titus 2:11-14 -- Ron Love -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2012
"Women and children and unsaved into the lifeboats!" Note in this cry the rescuer's word "unsaved."
How we feel like doing loving things this time of year... -- Titus 2:11-14 -- Mark Ellingsen -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2012
The Christmas spirit. How we feel like doing loving things this time of year.
Why did they have to bring up taxes?... -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- Bob Ove -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2012
Why did they have to bring up taxes? Where was the Tea Party back then?
This past fall a new TV series was introduced... -- Isaiah 9:2-7 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2012
This past fall a new TV series was introduced: Revolution.
At last the darkness has passed... -- Isaiah 9:2-7 -- Bob Ove -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2012
At last the darkness has passed: our shopping is over. The gifts are wrapped. The tree is lit.
The angels announced to the shepherds... -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- Mark J. Molldrem -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2012
The angels announced to the shepherds that Jesus is the savior.
Trying to explain salvation, Wendell... -- Isaiah 62:6-12 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
Trying to explain salvation, Wendell Berry tells a parable about a hunter who falls down
Julene's cubicle at work was... -- Isaiah 62:6-12 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
Julene's cubicle at work was directly under the cold air duct. Julene welcomed the air-
Volunteers from several area churches... -- Isaiah 62:6-12 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
Volunteers from several area churches enjoyed delivering hot meals to the elderly in their
No person's behavior ever received... -- Isaiah 62:6-12 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
No person's behavior ever received that much attention. Millions thought him innocent.
Christmas Day: Carols are sung... -- Titus 3:4-7 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
Christmas Day: Carols are sung, scripture read, presents opened -- presents we give to
An idealistic young man once... -- Titus 3:4-7 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
An idealistic young man once asked a pastor how to achieve salvation. The pastor told
Titus turns us to the... -- Titus 3:4-7 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
Titus turns us to the heart of Christmas. The secular world would have us forget the
Silas Marner, by George Eliot... -- Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
Silas Marner, by George Eliot, is the story of a bitter old man, unlucky in love
Barb was considering a call... -- Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
Barb was considering a call to another congregation -- a difficult decision. Her college-
Christmas Eve never really entered... -- Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
Christmas Eve never really entered Andy's thoughts. While he attended Sunday school as
Every year at Yule time... -- Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
Every year at Yule time, it's missing in many homes. Its absence causes disappointment
Laser surgery is a... -- Isaiah 9:2-7 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2003
Laser surgery is a remarkable development in eye care.

The Immediate Word

Happy Xmas -- Is War Over? / Merry Anxious Christmas -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Luke 2:1-20, 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26, Colossians 3:12-17, Luke 2:41-52, Psalm 148 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Quantisha Mason-Doll -- The Nativity of our Lord - C, First Sunday after Christmas Day - C -- 2021
For December 24/25/26, 2021:
Can We Be The (Peaceful) True Believers? -- Luke 2:14 (15-20), Luke 1:46b-55, Micah 5:2-5a -- Robin Lostetter, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2015
As we continue to come to terms with a recent spate of mass shootings -- capped by seemingly sensele

StoryShare

Christmas Come Home -- Isaiah 62:6-12, Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- John E. Sumwalt, Frank Ramirez -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2021
Contents“Christmas Come Home” by John Sumwalt

Intercession

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God's Family Christmas -- Janice B. Scott -- The Nativity of our Lord - A, The Nativity of our Lord - B, The Nativity of our Lord - C
Christmas Eve Candlelight CommunionCall to Worship
Joyful God, It's Your Birthday... -- Luke 2:1-20 -- Janice B. Scott -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
Prayers usually include these concerns and may follow this sequence:
Will You 'open That Sack Called Your Heart, And Share...'? -- John 1:1-14 -- Janice B. Scott -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
Prayers usually include these concerns and may follow this sequence:

Prayer

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The Communicating Word, the Illuminating Light -- John 1:1-14 -- Dennis Koch -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:The Communicating Word, the Illuminating Light
CHRISTMAS EVE -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Psalm 96, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-20 -- B. David Hostetter -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 1985
CALL TO WORSHIP
CHRISTMAS DAY -- Isaiah 62:6-7, 112, Psalm 97, Titus 3:4-7, Luke 2:8-20 -- B. David Hostetter -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 1985
CALL TO WORSHIP

Preaching

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Happy Xmas -- Is War Over? / Merry Anxious Christmas -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Luke 2:1-20, 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26, Colossians 3:12-17, Luke 2:41-52, Psalm 148 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Quantisha Mason-Doll -- The Nativity of our Lord - C, First Sunday after Christmas Day - C -- 2021
For December 24/25/26, 2021:
Can We Be The (Peaceful) True Believers? -- Luke 2:14 (15-20), Luke 1:46b-55, Micah 5:2-5a -- Robin Lostetter, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2015
As we continue to come to terms with a recent spate of mass shootings -- capped by seemingly sensele
The Hope For Peace -- Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20, Titus 3:4-7, Isaiah 62:6-12, Psalm 97 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
Hope is all around us this time of year.

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Christmas Eve/Christmas Day -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- Carlos Wilton -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
Theme For The Day Jesus Christ is God incarnate.
Christmas Eve -- Psalm 96 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
Psalm 96 is an enthronement psalm.
Christmas Day -- Psalm 97 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
(Occurs in all three cycles of the lectionary; see Christmas Day, Cycle A; see also Easter 7, Cyc
Christmas Day -- Psalm 98 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
This psalm gives us the proper theme for a Christmas Day celebration: "Make a joyful noise to the Lo
The Nativity Of Our Lord -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-20 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2003
Seasonal ThemeThe Savior is born into the human world and circumstances.
Christmas Day -- Isaiah 52:7-10 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2003
In biblical times, when a king was crowned in Israel, two acts took place.
The Nativity Of Our Lord -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-20 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2000
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS
The Nativity Of Our Lord -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Luke 2:1-20 -- George M. Bass -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 1991
The Church Year Theological Clue
The Nativity Of Our Lord -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Luke 2:1-20 -- George M. Bass -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 1991
The Church Year Theological Clue

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Happy Xmas -- Is War Over? / Merry Anxious Christmas -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Luke 2:1-20, 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26, Colossians 3:12-17, Luke 2:41-52, Psalm 148 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Quantisha Mason-Doll -- The Nativity of our Lord - C, First Sunday after Christmas Day - C -- 2021
For December 24/25/26, 2021:
Can We Be The (Peaceful) True Believers? -- Luke 2:14 (15-20), Luke 1:46b-55, Micah 5:2-5a -- Robin Lostetter, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2015
As we continue to come to terms with a recent spate of mass shootings -- capped by seemingly sensele
The Hope For Peace -- Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20, Titus 3:4-7, Isaiah 62:6-12, Psalm 97 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
Hope is all around us this time of year.

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God With Skin On -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- Susan R. Andrews -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2015
As we gather here this holy night, we come from a variety of religious backgrounds.
Born In Bethlehem -- Light -- Isaiah 9:2-7 -- Derl G. Keefer -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2009
Have you ever awakened in the early hours before dawn? Thick darkness covers the earth.
Leading Others To Jesus -- Titus 2:11-14 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2009
It was the Christmas season and thus the time for the local elementary school to present its annual
Christmas Grass And Easter Tinsel -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2009
I think there are two items that seem never to disappear.
The Light Of Christ -- Isaiah 9:2-7 -- Mary S. Lautensleger -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
Isn't it wonderful to be part of a candlelight Christmas Eve worship service?
Christmas Eve/Day In A Minor Key -- Titus 2:11-14 -- John T. Ball -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
One of the best things in the modern church is the creation of our Common Lectionary.
Bethlehem: Where Extremes Meet -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- Tom M. Garrison -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
Every year at this particular season, I am amazed all over again at the impact that the old, old sto
A Dirty Christmas -- Isaiah 9:2-7 -- Steven E. Albertin -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2003
Under every Christmas tree in the midst of the brightly wrapped packages, the choo-choo train windin
God's Sneak Attack -- Luke 2:1-20 -- David Kalas -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2003
I think I was eight years old the first time I got to be in a Christmas pageant.
Gift-wrapped In Swaddling Cloths -- Titus 2:11-14 -- Robert S. Crilley, Dallas A. Brauninger, Gary L. Carver -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2003
When I was a kid, Christmas Eve was always the longest night of the entire year.
The Child Of Promise -- Isaiah 9:2-7 -- Harry N. Huxhold -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2000
Benjamin Britten's cantata "St.
All Is Calm, All Is Bright -- Luke 2:1-20 -- William G. Carter -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2000
What a time for an angel to forget his lines!
Having To Stay When You Want Out -- Titus 2:11-14 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2000
Christmas Eve/DayHaving To Stay When You Want OutTitus 2:11-14
The First Christmas Message -- Luke 2:1-20 -- James T. Garrett -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 1991
The story of the birth of Jesus as told by Luke is the most familiar to most people.
Good News! -- Isaiah 52:7-10 -- Ron Lavin -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 1991
From your childhood, think of some good news which came to you suddenly.
Christmas and the New Family -- John 1.1-14 -- J. Ellsworth Kalas -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 1988
When Wilbur and Orville Wright completed their historic flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on Dec
By Faith Christmas Comes Alive -- Isaiah 52:7-10 -- Robert G. Tuttle -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 1988
In his prophecy, Isaiah used the image of a messenger returning from a distant battle.
Is There Any Word From God? -- Isaiah 52:7-10 -- James H. Bailey -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 1985
A young boy stationed in Vietnam wrote home, several years ago, these words:
Behold His Glory -- John 1:1-18 -- Roy C. Nichols -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 1985
In the fullness of time, every parent must pass the test of good parent-child communication.

The Village Shepherd

God's Christmas Gift -- Luke 2:1-20 -- Janice B. Scott -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
I heard the story recently of a little boy who wanted to meet God.

Stories

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Christmas Come Home -- Isaiah 62:6-12, Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- John E. Sumwalt, Frank Ramirez -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2021
Contents“Christmas Come Home” by John Sumwalt
Seeing the Future -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20), Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Psalm 96 -- Peter Andrew Smith, Frank Ramirez -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2018
Contents “Seeing the Future” by Peter Andrew Smith
The Great Aim Of Virgil -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20), Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Psalm 96 -- Frank Ramirez -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2015
Contents "The Great Aim of Virgil" by Frank Ramirez
God Bless Our Gracious Leader -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20), Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Psalm 96 -- Sandra Herrmann, C. David Mckirachan -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2012
Contents"God Bless Our Gracious Leader" by Sandra Herrmann
O Holy Night -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
A Story to Live ByO Holy Night
Larry's Lesson -- Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20, Titus 3:4-7, Isaiah 62:6-12, Psalm 97 -- Stan Purdum, C. David Mckirachan, James T. Garrett, David Michael Smith -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
ContentsWhat's Up This Week Stories: "Larry's Lesson" by Stan Purdum

SermonStudio

The Trouble With Stables -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- David E. Leininger -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2009
What do you know about stables? They are not pretty places. The light is not that good.
The Uniqueness Of Christ's Birth -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- Gregory L. Tolle -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered.
A Song Of Mary -- Isaiah 9:2-7 -- Timothy F. Merrill -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2003
During the fourteenth century, the greatest pestilence swept through Europe that has ever been recor
A Christmas Story From Cambodia -- Titus 2:11-14 -- John E. Sumwalt, Patricia Lyon -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2003
I wondered if the village folk ever had potlucks like the Methodists back home.
Who Am I? -- Luke 2:1-20 -- Constance Berg -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2000
Who am I,That I should haveYour coming revealed to me?I am poor,
A Baby Wrapped In Diapers -- John 1:1-14 -- Richard A. Jensen -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 1994
HBO hit the jackpot! The ratings they achieved for their special on Michael Jackson were awesome.
Christmas 1 -- Colossians 3:12-17 -- John Steward -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
A farmer was being questioned by a lawyer during a trial concerning an accident on a highway.

Worship

The Immediate Word

Happy Xmas -- Is War Over? / Merry Anxious Christmas -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Luke 2:1-20, 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26, Colossians 3:12-17, Luke 2:41-52, Psalm 148 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Quantisha Mason-Doll -- The Nativity of our Lord - C, First Sunday after Christmas Day - C -- 2021
For December 24/25/26, 2021:
Can We Be The (Peaceful) True Believers? -- Luke 2:14 (15-20), Luke 1:46b-55, Micah 5:2-5a -- Robin Lostetter, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2015
As we continue to come to terms with a recent spate of mass shootings -- capped by seemingly sensele
The Hope For Peace -- Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20, Titus 3:4-7, Isaiah 62:6-12, Psalm 97 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
Hope is all around us this time of year.

SermonStudio

Christmas Day -- Isaiah 62:6-12, Titus 3:4-7, Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20, Psalm 97 -- Julia Ross Strope -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2009
Gathering musicChristmas medley(Light the Christ candle.)
Christmas Eve -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Psalm 96, Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- Julia Ross Strope -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2009
The wonderful cycle of the year,
Christmas Eve -- Isaiah 9:2-7 -- Frank Ramirez -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
First Lesson: Isaiah 9:2-7Theme: The Prequel
Christmas Eve -- Titus 2:11-14 -- Frank Ramirez -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
Second Lesson: Titus 2:11-14Theme: It Will Happen Again
Christmas Eve -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- Frank Ramirez -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
Gospel Lesson: Luke 2:1-14 (15-20)Theme: Once More, With Feeling
Christmas Day -- Isaiah 62:6-12 -- Frank Ramirez -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
First Lesson: Isaiah 62:6-12Theme: Looking Back To Look Forward
Christmas Day -- Titus 3:4-7 -- Frank Ramirez -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
Second Lesson: Titus 3:4-7Theme: The Hope Of Eternal Life
Christmas Day -- Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20 -- Frank Ramirez -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
Gospel Lesson: Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20Theme: The Present You Never Dreamed Of
Christmas Eve/Day -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-20 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2003
Theme: The Kingdom ComesCall To WorshipLeader: A Child is born to us!
Project Accomplished -- Isaiah 9:2-7 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2000
Call To Worship Leader: Finally, finally, all the plans have come together.
Christmas Eve/Day -- Luke 2:1-10, John 1:1-14 -- Wayne H. Keller -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2000
Liturgical Color: WhiteGospel: Luke 2:1-10 or John 1:1-14
The Season Of The Nativity -- Wayne H. Keller -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2000
ChristmasThe Season Of The NativityLiturgical Color: White
The Lord has come! -- Isaiah 52:7-10 -- James R. Wilson -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: Come, let us celebrate, for Christ our Savior has been born!
Christmas Day -- Psalm 98 -- Hugh H. Drennan -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 1991
O sing to the Lord a new song,for he has done marvelous things.
Christmas Eve Day -- Psalm 96 -- Hugh H. Drennan -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 1991
O sing to the Lord a new song;sing to the Lord, all the earth.
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Hello, everyone! (Let them respond.) I have a question for you today. Are you ready to hear it? (Let them respond.) Great! Here we go! Has anyone ever said something to you that didn’t make sense to you? (Let them respond.) After they said it, were you pretty confused about what they meant? (Let them respond.) Yes, I think that happens to all of us. But let me ask this: did Jesus ever say something that didn’t make sense to you or that was just really confusing and hard to understand? (Let them respond.) Well, that has happened to me.

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