SATURDAY at 6:00 p.m. ~~~ "30@6" - A Casual 30-minute Service in our Social Hall
SUNDAY at 11:00 a.m. ~~~ A Traditional Service in our Sanctuary
To everyone who has faith or needs it, who lives in hope or would gladly do so, whose character is glorified by the love of God or marred by the love of self; to those who pray and those who do not, who mourn and are weary or who rejoice and are strong; to everyone, in the name of Him who was lifted up to draw all people unto Himself, this Church offers a door of entry and a place of worship, saying ‘Welcome Home’!
For the next few weeks we will be highlighting:
OUR 3 CHURCH COVENANTS
(Our 3 Church Promises)
Our Baptismal Covenant
I promise to trust God. I will try to remember my baptism or remember the babies and people who I saw get baptized. I promise to be a good Christian and help my friends and family be good Christians too.
Our Church Membership Covenant
I promise to be part of God’s Church and come to church when I can. When I’m at church, at home, at school, or wherever I go, I promise to pray, be a good listener, and be a good helper when I can. It’s important to remember how to be more like Jesus.
Our Covenant to Follow God
I promise to love God and to do what would make Him happy. I will try to remember to read my Bible and understand important things from it like learning about The Lord’s Prayer, the Ten Commandments, the 23rd Psalm, the Apostles’ Creed, John 3:16, and the Christmas Story in Luke, just to name a few.
January 6, 2022
After the wise men heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. ~ Matthew 2:9-11
Because the Magi (the three kings) honored and worshiped this new king (Jesus), they presented him with their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Gold was a gift fit for a king. It was expensive, treasured, and everyone wanted it.
Frankincense was an expensive fragrance, representing a personal treasure. It was a fine perfume.
Myrrh was a precious ointment used in the preparation for death. It was mixed with sadness.
All of these gifts were luxurious treasures in that day and in that part of the world. Each of those men brought the baby Jesus the best they had to offer him. This was a sign of their dedication. Just as their kneeling was a sign that they honored him.
THE CHRISTMAS STORY
The Book of Luke, Chapter 2, verses 8 – 14
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
(King James Version)
8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
9An angel of the LORD appeared to them, and the glory of the LORD shone around them, and they were terrified.
10But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the LORD.
12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.
(New International Version)
THE APOSTLES’ CREED
(for all Christian Churches)
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
The creed states what we believe about God, about Jesus, about the Holy Spirit, and about the church.
* Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
* Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
* Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
* Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
* Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
* Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
* Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
* Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
* Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
(God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son. God gave His Son so that whoever believes in Him may not be lost, but have eternal life.)
1. Do not have other gods besides the one true God.
2. Do not make an idol to worship.
3. Do not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
4. Keep the Sabbath day holy.
5. Honor your father and your mother.
6. Do not murder.
7. Keep your marriage promises.
8. Do not steal.
9. Do not lie.
10. Do not want things that belong to someone else.
~ The Book of Exodus, Chapter 20
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
~ The Book of Psalms, Chapter 23
Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
(may also say “trespasses” or “sins”)
as we forgive our debtors,
(may also say “those who trespass against us”
or “those who sin against us”)
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever.
~ Matthew chapter 6, verses 9 - 13