As the day draws near God’s promise is about to be fulfilled for all! We hear the praise of Zechariah at the birth of John, who we will come to know as the Baptist. The way is being prepared for the coming of Jesus!
Worship this week:
Saturday at 5:00 p.m. — Worship with Holy Communion in the chapel
Sunday at 8:30 a.m. — Traditional Worship with Holy Communion
9:30 a.m. — Sunday School and Adult study.
10:30 a.m. — Sunday School Christmas Program
Devotions for this week:
Zechariah’s Song December 20, 2015
Zechariah and Elizabeth fit the profile of a Biblical couple unexpectedly expecting: older, unable to conceive, an angelic messenger, and an incredulous response. Zechariah, a priest of the Lord, received an angelic visitor while he was serving in the temple. Startled, overcome with fear, he did not at first believe what he had been told concerning the boy that would be born, seeking additional assurances. Because he didn’t believe, the angel told him he would be unable to speak until this good word was fulfilled. Zechariah remained silent from the day he was told this news, until the day the child was named.
Read: Sunday, Luke 1:5-13 (57-80), Zechariah’s Song
Monday, Luke 1:1-4, Dedication to Theophilus
Tuesday, Luke 1:14-25, Zechariah’s Encounter
Wednesday, Luke 1:26-38, The Birth of Jesus Foretold
Thursday, Luke 2:1-14 (15-20), The Birth of Jesus
Friday, Luke 2:8-20, Shepherds Visit
Saturday, Matthew 2:1-12, The Magi
- How are John’s birth announcement and Jesus’ birth announcement similar? How are they different?
- Who in your community is in need of extra care and attention this season? What could you do to bring joy into their lives?
- Have you ever experienced a message from God in an unusual way? What happened? How did you know it was God speaking?
Do: Spend time serving others this Christmas season. During your household’s Christmas meal, share what you are grateful for.
Bless: May God bless you with all the joy and fullness of Christ’s birth. Amen.