The Essence of Advent: a Prophet from God

Dec 24, 2006
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Topic(s): God-Son, Word of God
Hymns: 55; 750; 74; 56
Pre-Service Prayer:

Dear Father in heaven, as I approach Your altar for one last time prior to my celebration of Christmas, fill my heart with holy awe as I ponder Your grace and mercy. You sent Your Son, Lord, from heaven above to earth to bring me the good news of salvation, to serve as my substitute in life and in death, and to rule within my heart as Your dear child. Yes, fill my heart with holy awe and increasing devotion. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 19

First Reading: 

Philippians 4:4-7

The apostle Paul urges us with good reason to “rejoice in the Lord!” He wants us to come to Him with our prayers, petitions, thanksgivings, and requests. Let us do so with the confidence that our Lord will both hear and answer. Then we can live in heavenly peace!

Second Reading: 

John 1:19-28

John the Baptizer came to prepare the way for the LORD! He was not the promised Christ, nor was He “the Prophet” Moses had prophesied would come. That Prophet was much greater than John. That Prophet was Jesus! Let us always be ready to listen to our Savior as He speaks!