Thanks for checking out our recap from our services on December 18, 2016. Below, you will find some of the songs, readings, and links to the sermon.
Worship Through Song
Scripture Reading and Prayer
The Word of the Lord from Deuteronomy:
Behold, to the LORD your God belong heaven and the heaven of
heavens, the earth with all that is in it. Yet the LORD set his heart
in love on your fathers and chose their offspring after them, you
above all peoples, as you are this day. Circumcise therefore the
foreskin of your heart, and be no longer stubborn. For the LORD
your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty,
and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. He
executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the
sojourner, giving him food and clothing. Love the sojourner,
therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.
The Word of the Lord from 1st John:
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and
whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who
does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the
love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only
Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is
love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his
Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us,
we also ought to love one another.
This is the Word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.
We have lit three candles so far. These candles represent hope,
peace, and joy. Today, we light this fourth candle for love. Let us pray.
Lord, thank you for loving us. On our best day and on our worst
day, you have never changed in how you feel about us or act
toward us. We know this to be true because you sent your son into
this world for us. Let this love jolt us and provoke us. May we be a
people who are known by their love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Worship Through Word
Neil, our Lead Pastor, preached a sermon on the indicting nature of the love of God. You can listen to it here on our church podcast or watch it below.