O Shepherds, Teach Me How to Celebrate Christmas

Dec 12, 1999
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Hymns: 62; 106; 103; 70
Pre-Service Prayer:

Lord God, create in me a clean heart and make it a heart in which true faith glows brightly hour by hour. Chase away the darkness of sin that still lingers in my heart and which at times affects my spirit and life. With the light of Your Word prepare me to celebrate Christmas with joyful faith as did the Shepherds when they first heard of Jesus’ birth. Oh come, Emmanuel, and bless us in our worship this morning. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 146

First Reading: 

Isaiah 8:19-9:7

Seeking help from the dead through mediums is just one example of darkness. All unbelief and sin is darkness. Thanks be to God who sent His Son to bring the light of salvation to sinners. Thanks be to God who sends His Word into our hearts to enlighten them with faith to believe in our Savior.

Second Reading: 

Ephesians 5:8-14

By grace, we have been enlightened with the good news of the Gospel. The "light" of forgiveness, peace with God, certain hope of eternal life, and every other blessing that comes from Christ fills our hearts, shines forth in our actions, and directs our lives. Let the light of Christ SHINE to awake and enlighten those still in darkness!