First Lesson: Micah 5:2-5a:

2“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”  3Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labor gives birth and the rest of his brothers return to join the Israelites.  4He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth.  5And he will be their peace.


Psalm 85 on Page 97 in Christian Worship

You showed favor to your land, O Lord;

   you restored the fortunes of Jacob.

You forgave the iniquity of your people

   and covered all their sins.

Show us your unfailing love, O Lord,

   and grant us your salvation.

I will listen to what God the Lord will say;

   he promises peace to his people, his saints.

Surely his salvation is near those who fear him,

   that his glory may dwell in our land.

Love and faithfulness meet together;

   righteousness and peace kiss each other.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

   and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning,

   is now, and will be forever.   Amen.


Gospel Lesson: Luke 1:39-55:

39At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth.  41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.  42In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!  43But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?  44As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.  45Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!”

46And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord 47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, 49for the Mighty One has done great things for me– holy is his name.  50His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.  51He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.  52He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.  53He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.  54He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful 55to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers.”


Second Lesson/Sermon Text: Hebrews 10:5-10:

5Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; 6with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased.  7Then I said, ‘Here I am–it is written about me in the scroll– I have come to do your will, O God.'”  8First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them” (although the law required them to be made).  9Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second.  10And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.


Theme and Parts:


Christmas Is a Time to Think About


I, Our sacrifices cannot save

II. Christ’s sacrifice was once for all

III. So we offer the sacrifice of faith



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