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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 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 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 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

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...

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

Turn with me to Luke 2 and our text for this evening. Our series of sermons is based on the text of the Nine Lessons and Carols service; our text this evening is Luke 2 and verses 8 through 16. Well, actually we’ll take it just a little bit further than that, and probably go down all the way to verse 20, at least in our comments. But...

Christmas Series: A Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke, chapter two. As you do so, I want to ask you a question: What do you think about when you think about the Christmas story? When you hear it read, as we do every year at the Christmas Eve Service, what are the things that you think about? What do you learn? What do...

Christmas Series: A Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols

I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke, chapter one. There are outlines of the message tonight and if you don't have one, raise a hand and we’ll get you one. There are a couple in the back, OK?...Luke, chapter one, beginning in verse 26.

This is an extraordinarily rich passage. This is the fifth of the Nine Lessons and Carols. We’ll do Lesson...

Christmas Series: A Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols

Now turn with me if you would to the prophecy of Isaiah, and the ninth chapter, and we’ll be reading together the first seven verses of Isaiah, chapter nine. Just by way of reminder, this is a series of sermons and themes based on the King's College, Cambridge, Service of Nine Lessons and Carols. We began it last Lord's Day and it will last through to...

Christmas Series: A Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols

We begin tonight exactly where Derek left off this morning. If you’ll remember the third “D” in the outline this morning, it was Dominion. And this passage picks up with dominion, but let me remind you of what Derek has already told us.

From at least Isaiah 7 on for a number of chapters, the context is King Ahaz and his plan to rescue...

Christmas Series: A Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols

A Festival of 9 Lessons & Carols

The Lord's Day Evening

December 4, 2005
 
Genesis 22:15-18
“The Son of Promise”
Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas
 

Amen. Now turn with me to the Book of Genesis, and chapter 22, and we're going to look and read together verses 15-18. Before we...

Christmas Series: A Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols

A Festival of 9 Lessons & Carols

The Lord's Day Morning

December 4, 2005

Genesis 3:8-19

“The Promised Seed”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Genesis, chapter three.

As I said before the service, today we begin a series of studies...

Songs of Christmas

Now, if you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 98, and if you do not have this handout–everybody have this handout? If you’ll keep that handout in hand, it's got the words to Joy to The World on it, so you won't have to balance both your hymnal and your Bible.

This is the final of our “Songs of Christmas”...

Songs of Christmas

Turn with me now to the Gospel of Luke, and the second chapter, and we’ll read once again the familiar words of the Nativity story as we find it in Luke's Gospel, beginning at verse eight. This is God's holy and inerrant word:  

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night. And lo,
...

Songs of Christmas

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to II Corinthians. We’ll look at one of the verses that lies behind this beautiful Christmas carol–unknown to many of you, from the sound of your singing! But a story behind this carol, I think I can confidently say, will endear its precious words to your heart. II Corinthians, chapter eight, verse nine. Before we read...

Songs of Christmas

Now turn with me if you would to Luke chapter 2, and I'm going to read from verses 8 and 9. But before I do that, I want to draw attention to a verse in I Corinthians 14, and verse 15. And let me read this verse to you first of all: I Corinthians 14:15. And it's the second half of the verse that I want to allude...

Songs of Christmas

If you’d take your hymnals in hand and turn with me to No. 203, we’ll look at the text of this hymn that the choir has so beautifully sung, and we’ll consider it before we read the passage upon which it is based. We’re going to be looking at Luke 2, verses 13 and 14, and this carol by Charles Wesley, one of the many hundreds of carols...

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