Songs: Born is the King – all children with instruments & band on stage. Children to be dressed in
shepherd clothes but no head pieces
(Children return to Sonya/Anneka after this song)
Joy to the World (Unspeakable Joy)
My Soul Magnifies the Lord
He Shall Reign Forevermore
“In the City of David” song/dance performed by children
Children then go out to get Shepherd head pieces on.
Shepherd play/interview: Children plus Chris Mc & Olivia
Shepherd interview conclusion
Presentation for Logan- elders to pray
“Christmas Medley”: All children
Hand out lolly bags
Benediction – Jason
Communion 6th December
There is nothing quite like our annual Children’s service to remind us the Christmas season is here.
Out the front of our house we have a nativity display setup. Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus in the manger. (Image on Screen)
As you would expect, Mary and Joseph as new parents of their first child are glowing with joy! Very appropriate.
One day this week, arriving home, Hannah (who is our 3 year old) and I drove into the driveway and as I lifted Hannah out the car, she proceeded to walked onto the front lawn to stand in front the nativity scene.
I asked Her “Hannah, what are you doing?” and she replied immediately and forthrightly with this: “I’m just going to have a look at God.”
My thoughts were: Wow, her theology is pretty sound for a three year old! She knows who Jesus is.
For we know, He wasn’t just a good man who taught good morals.
or, as the Jehovah witnesses’ believe, the Archangel Michael or as many other cults believe some specially created being that is superior but not actually God.
He wasn’t the brother of Satan and one of many billions of potential gods as the Mormons believe. – NO!
Jesus is God the Son,
The second person of the Trinity,
who has eternally shared the one, undivided divine nature
with the Father and Spirit and is therefore fully God. TGC
But then, at a particular time in history, namely 2000 years ago, the creator of all things entered his creation.
We call this the incarnation (or ‘in the flesh’) – two natures in one person
The Son, from the Father and by the supernatural and sanctifying work of the Spirit, without change or loss of his deity, added a second nature to himself consisting of a human body and soul
Christ Jesus was now fully God and fully man in one person and will be so forever.
This is what is amazing about Christmas!
Christ took on a full human nature, without any loss of his divine nature, so that he might, on our behalf, perfectly obey the whole law and suffer the punishment for human sin; and also that he might sympathize with our weaknesses. NCC Q22
And only Jesus could have died for us, for, because he retained his full divine nature his obedience and suffering was perfect and effective; and also only he was be able to bear the righteous anger of God against sin and yet overcome death. NCC Q23
And now, By the incarnation, our Lord Jesus Christ became the first man of the new creation, our glorious mediator and new covenant head. TGC
For evermore, and in the New Heavens and New Earth we will be with our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, forever. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords
Christmas is the time we remember that Christ was born.
Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.
SONG: In the City of David
We are going to come around the Lord’s table today.
Can the ushers please hand out the bread and the cup and if you would like to hold it, we will partake together. If you are visiting with us today, and Jesus is your Lord and Saviour, you are welcome to partake with us. You are also welcome to let it pass.
In a moment we will be hearing and seeing the Christmas story as recorded by Luke. The Christmas story is, as I shared earlier, vital to our salvation in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Jesus, took on Flesh, a human nature, came into this world – born – lived – suffered – died – rose again – ascended to heaven and is seating at the right hand of God, interceding for us!
Luke sums up Jesus purpose for coming by using Jesus’ own words to Zacchaeus Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
- We are / or were those lost people. We did not seek him, but he sort out us.
- We did not first choose him, but he chose us, before the creation of the World.
- We were dead in our sin and disobedience, God has made us alive in Christ.
- We are saved, not by anything we have done but by Grace alone, through Faith alone in Christ alone.
Our hope is not found in this life, but in the life to come. We look forward not to this world but to the next. We eagerly await the return of our saviour Jesus Christ! As a body we share in communion around the Lords table.
So, what is the Lord’s Supper?
Christ commanded all Christians to eat bread and to drink from the cup in thankful remembrance of him and his death. The Lord’s Supper is a celebration of the presence of God in our midst; bringing us into communion with God and with one another. It also anticipates the day when we will eat and drink with Christ in his Father’s kingdom. NCC
1 Corinthians 11:23–26
For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
Let’s eat and Drink as we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes again.
Pray for offering.
This Christmas and as you go today,
May you be filled with the wonder of Mary,
the obedience of Joseph,
the joy of the angels,
the eagerness of the shepherds,
the determination of the magi,
and the peace of the Christ child.
May the Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit
bless you now and forever.