We Are Christmas Christians in an After-Christmas World

Dec 26, 2004
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Topic(s): Christmas
Hymns: 91, 715, 139, 767, 706
Pre-Service Prayer:

Lord Jesus, thank You for coming to be my Savior. Thank You for calling me out of darkness into Your light and making me a child of God. Give me a deep desire for Your Word so that I will crave the Gospel and be nourished by it. Enable me to boldly proclaim Your praises. Bless us all in worship today. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 111

First Reading: 

Isaiah 28:14-19

When the Israelites turned away from the Lord they turned to self-reliance and alliances with others. God declares that all who hope in their alliances will be destroyed. Unbelievers may think they can escape by their wits, but God says, “No!” God promised to establish a cornerstone in Zion. He has done so through Christ our Cornerstone. Those who build on the Cornerstone will prevail; those who build on anything else will perish.

Second Reading: 

Luke 2:22-38

According to Old Testament Law, a woman was considered ceremonially unclean for a time after childbirth. God required that women bring a sacrifice to the temple at the end of the “days of purification.” When Mary and Joseph came to the temple for this sacrifice, Jesus was 40 days old. While there, they met Simeon and Anna—two believers who had been waiting for God to fulfill His promise of a Savior.