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Children of God! - Galatians 3:26 - 4:7
December 30, 2018


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Today in Worship - First Sunday after Christmas
Preacher, Worship Leader & Children's Message:  Pastor Dar Karsten
Elder: Mike Gates


Opening Song:
"Shine On Us"

Welcoming One Another

Remembering Whose We Are
Leader: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
All: Amen.

Opening Prayer

Confession of Sin
Leader:      Almighty God, our maker and redeemer, we poor sinners confess to You that we are by nature sinful and unclean and that we have sinned against You by thought, word, and deed. Because of this we run for refuge to Your infinite mercy, seeking Your grace for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ.  We pray:

All:      O most merciful God, who has given Your only-begotten Son to die for us, have mercy upon us and for His sake forgive all our sins; and by Your Holy Spirit increase in us true knowledge of You and of Your will and true obedience to Your Word, to the end that by Your grace we may come to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Absolution

Songs Of Praise
"Everyday"
"Trading My Sorrows"

Old Testament Reading
Isaiah 11:1-5
1  A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
2  The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him-- the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD--
3  and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears;
4  but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
5  Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist.

Gospel Reading
Luke 2:22-35
22  When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord
23  (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord" ),
24  and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: "a pair of doves or two young pigeons."
25  Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
26  It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
27  Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required,
28  Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
29  "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace.
30  For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31  which you have prepared in the sight of all people,
32  a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel."
33  The child's father and mother marveled at what was said about him.
34  Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: "This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against,
35  so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too."

Children's Message

Little Worship

Sermon Scripture Reading
Galatians 3:26 - 4:7
26  You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus,
27  for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29  If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
1  What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate.
2  He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father.
3  So also, when we were children, we were in slavery under the basic principles of the world.
4  But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law,
5  to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.
6  Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father."
7  So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.

Sermon
 
Children of God!
Galatians 3:26 - 4:7
  • Becoming Gods Child! Believing in Gods Action of Love!
    • Acts 16:31: They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be savedyou and your household.
     
  • Benefits of Being Gods Child:
1. A New Start!
  • Romans 6:3-4: 3 Or dont you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. 
2. No Distinctions or Divisions!
  • Colossians 3:11: 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. 
3. Heirs of Gods Promises!
  • Romans 4:16: 16 Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abrahams offspringnot only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. 
4.  A Personal Relationship with God!
  • Romans 8:16: 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are Gods children.
Offering
"My Help Comes From the Lord"

In Whom Do We Believe? The Apostles' Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.  And in Jesus Christ, his 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 into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty.  From thence he will come to judge the living and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen. 

Prayers Of The Day


The Lord's Prayer
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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass 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.  Amen. 

Blessing
 
Sending Song
"Mighty To Save"