Call to Worship
The mystery hidden for ages & generations has now been made manifest. All the riddles are solved. The shadows have given way to the substance. The husk of OT types have bloomed with the glorious unveiling of Christ the Antetype. The darkness of Satan’s kingdom has been turned back because the Sun of Righteousness, our Lord Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem. And so we gather to celebrate the commencement of His earthly ministry. We join the angels in heralding the glad tidings of great joy for all people. We have been given jubilant news, and now we respond with jubilant faith and praise.
At the first advent You chose only Mary, Joseph, the angels and the shepherds to greet the Incarnate Son of God, and rejoice in His coming. But now, by Your kind care & providence, all nations reckon their years from His birth. Across the planet saints are found rejoicing that the darkness has passed, the powers & principalities have been bound, the Kingdom of Heaven has come upon us, all because Jesus the Christ came and dwelt among us. So fill us brim-full of Gospel joy this night, as we celebrate the birth of the human child who was also fully God.
In the name of Jesus we ask this,
Charge & Benediction
Before you dive headfirst into the stockings, presents, and slabs of fudge measured by the cubit…take a moment and remind yourself & your family of this truth: the foundation of your merrymaking is the sure mercies which God promised His people all throughout History. You have joy, because God through Christ obtained it for you. So have a brilliant and merry Christmas.
May the pleasure of the God & Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the overshadowing glory of the Holy Spirit, and the fellowship obtained through Emmanuel descend upon you, and remain in your hearts this Eve of Christmas and always. Amen.