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Christmas Series: Nine Lessons and Carols

The Lord's Day Morning

December 30, 2007

Matthew 2:1-12

Nine Lessons and Carols

The Eighth Lesson

Born by the Book

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Matthew 2:1-12. We are working our way through the “Nine Lessons and Carols” of the King's College Christmas Service. We are at the Eighth Lesson today, which deals with...

Christmas Series: Nine Lessons and Carols

The Lord's Day Evening

December 30, 2007

John 1:1-18

Nine Lessons and Carols

The Ninth Lesson

God with God

Dr. Derek Thomas

We come this evening to the Ninth and final Lesson in the series known as “The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols.” Over the month of December, through the Sundays of December (bar one of the services, where we had the “Music of Christmas”) we've been...

Christmas Series: Nine Lessons and Carols

The Lord's Day Evening

December 23, 2007

Luke 2:8-20

Nine Lessons and Carols

The Seventh Lesson

Peace by Piece

The Reverend Mr. Bradford C. Mercer

Now if you will turn in your Bibles to Luke 2, we’ll be looking at verses 8 through 14. We won't read the entire passage; we’ll be looking at Luke 2:8-14. Before we read God's word, let's pray.

Lord, we thank You once...

Christmas Series: Nine Lessons and Carols

The Lord's Day Morning

December 23, 2007

Luke 2:1-7

Nine Lessons and Carols

The Sixth Lesson

The Significance of Christ's Birth”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to the Gospel of Luke, chapter 2. In the King's College “Service of Nine Lessons and Carols” the Sixth Lesson is introduced with the words, “Luke tells us of...

Christmas Series: Nine Lessons and Carols

Wednesday Evening

December 19, 2007

Psalm 22

Nine Lessons and Carols

“Great Prophecies of the Messiah in the Old Testament”

Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would to Psalm 22. And first of all, a word of explanation. On Wednesday evenings in December, to complement the “Nine Lessons” that occupy for Sunday...

Christmas Series: Nine Lessons and Carols

The Lord's Day Morning

December 16, 2007

Luke 1:26-38

Nine Lessons and Carols

The Fifth Lesson

Offspring of a Virgin

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn in your Bibles if you would to the Gospel of Luke We are looking at this extraordinary liturgy that's been around now for over a hundred years or so from Cambridge, the Nine Lessons and Carols, and these Lord's Days...

Christmas Series: Nine Lessons and Carols

The Lord's Day Morning

December 9, 2007

Isaiah 9:2-7

Nine Lessons and Carols The Third Lesson:

A Light for Those in Darkness

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Dr. Derek Thomas:

“Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made the heavens and the earth.” Let us worship God.

We...

Christmas Series: Nine Lessons and Carols

The Lord's Day Evening

December 9, 2007

Isaiah 11:1-9

Nine Lessons and Carols

The Fourth Lesson

Christmas for Animal Lovers?

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please be seated. Now as Ligon reminded us this morning this is “Isaiah day”... (or “I-zaa-ah” day!) It's fascinating why in the Nine Lessons and Carols why they chose the particular texts that they chose. For example, many of us, I suppose, if...

Christmas Series: Nine Lessons and Carols

Amen. Please be seated. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to the book of Genesis, chapter 22, as we look at the second of the Nine Lessons and Carols.

This morning Derek pointed us to that passage which contains the first giving of the gospel and which sets in context the whole story of redemption. And you’ll already begin to...

Christmas Series: Nine Lessons and Carols

The Lord's Day Morning

December 2, 2007

Genesis 3:8-19

Nine Lessons and Carols The First Lesson

Christmas from Afar

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Amen. Now turn with me if you would to Genesis 3, and we're going to read together…as part of our Advent celebration here at First Presbyterian Church, we're going to read...

Christmas Series: Luke's Christmas Liturgy

The Lord's Day Morning

December 24, 2006

Luke 2:29-32

Luke's Christmas Liturgy

Nunc Dimitis

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke, chapter two. We come today to the fourth of those songs of the Nativity in the Gospel of Luke that we've been...

Luke's Christmas Liturgy

The Lord's Day Evening

December 24, 2006

Philippians 2:6-11

Jesus Is God and Man

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

[Dr. Duncan]:

Our Lord and our God, our hearts rejoice at the very thought of Your gracious sending of Your Son into this world for the salvation of all who rest and trust in Him. Grant that this Christmas and always we would trust the Savior and...

Christmas Series: Luke's Christmas Liturgy

Now turn with me in your Bibles to the second chapter of Luke's Gospel, and we're going to look at The Gloria. We've just heard Pergolesi's rendition of the angels’ song at Bethlehem.

Now let's set a scene. It's the nighttime. An angel has appeared to shepherds on the hillsides of Bethlehem. The hillsides of Bethlehem are strewn with sheep, lambs.... The temple sacrifices in...

Christmas Series: Luke's Christmas Liturgy

The Lord's Day Morning

December 10, 2006

Luke 1:67-79

“Luke's Christmas Liturgy:

Benedictus: Covenant Mercy and Remembrance”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke 1, as we continue to work through Luke's Christmas Liturgy, this set of four songs in the early chapters of The Gospel of Luke that give us a unique window into...

Christmas Series: Luke's Christmas Liturgy

The Lord's Day Evening

December 10, 2006

I John 4:1-3; II John 7

Jesus Became a Man

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now these Sunday mornings in December we've been looking, and will continue to look, at four of the songs that we find in the Gospel of Luke, all referring to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ — His birth and incarnation. And then...

Christmas Series: Luke's Christmas Liturgy

The Lord's Day Evening

December 3, 2006

John 1:1, 14-18

Jesus Is God

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to John, chapter one.

Even as on the Lord's Day morning we're going to be working through three Christmas hymns, or psalms or songs...

Christmas Series: Luke's Christmas Liturgy

The Lord's Day Morning

December 3, 2006

Luke 1:46-55

“Luke's Christmas Liturgy:

Magnificat: Mary Was a Shorter Catechism Girl”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Amen, and as Ligon was saying earlier, of course, the choir has just been singing what is the text this morning, The Magnificat, the song of Mary. So turn with me now in your Bibles to Luke 1, and we're going to read...

Christmas Series: A Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols

Now turn with me, if you would, to the Gospel of John and the very first chapter. And as you’re doing that, let me wish you a Merry Christmas — what's left of it. I trust that you’re not too full of what my son calls tryptophan, which is the chemical in turkey which makes you sleepy. I want us now to take up this evening briefly...

Christmas Series: A Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter two, as we come to the eighth of nine studies in the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols that we've been looking at all December long.

Let me just remind you before we read chapter two, the first twelve verses, of the Gospel of Matthew, of what Matthew has told us...

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