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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

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

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

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...

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...

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...

Songs of Christmas

Now turn with me, if you would, to the Gospel of Luke, and in chapter two, and verse seven. The Gospel of Luke, in chapter two, and verse seven. And if you would, have open before you the carol that is the focus of our attention this evening, Away in a Manger, which you’ll find at 204 and 205; and we’ll be singing from the version and...

Songs of Christmas

If you have your Bibles, we'll begin in Luke 2 at verse 8. And, if you'll open your hymnals to number 207, we will cross-reference from Luke 2 back to the hymnal again.

We've said in this series on the Songs of Christmas that it is our desire to do at least three things. One is that we want you to understand the words of these...

Songs of Christmas

Turn with me now in the Scriptures to Matthew, chapter one, and we're going to read verses 18 through 25; and if you can be ambidextrous this morning, have open before you the hymn, the carol that the choir sang so beautifully (but in slightly different words to the words the choir was singing), so we need the words, not in the bulletin, but in the hymnbook, of...

Songs of Christmas

As we continue this evening in a series that began last Wednesday and will be running through the month of December, we're looking at well-known Christmas carols and looking at some theological reflections on these Christmas carols and allowing them to be windows into Scriptures that are also extremely well-known to us.

Two passages of Scripture come to the surface this evening. The carol in view...

Songs of Christmas

Let me invite you to take your hymnals in hand ...we’ll turn to the Scriptures in just a few moments, but take your hymnals in hand and turn with me to No. 196. After the sermon today as we close our service in praise, we're going to sing the first and the fourth stanzas of Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus, those two stanzas in this hymn written by...

Songs of Christmas

Now have your hymnbooks at the ready as well as the Bible, of course. We’re going to look first of all at Luke, chapter two, and I'm going to read from verse eight through to verse twenty-one. Our text is going to be Luke 2:10, but of course as this series unfolds, the window through which we want to see these particular Scriptures, narratives, concerning the birth and...

Christmas Series: Getting a Handel on Christmas

Isaiah 60. 1 to 3 Arise, Shine, For Your Light Has Come Dr. Derek Thomas

Hear the word of God:

" Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. "For behold, darkness will cover the earth And deep darkness the peoples; But the LORD will rise upon you...

Christmas Series: Getting a Handel on Christmas

Isaiah 53:5 - 6 Surely He Has Borne Our Griefs Dr. Derek Thomas

Turn with me now to the prophecy of Isaiah, chapter 53, and we will read together verses 3-6 and then verse 8. Before we do so, let's ask God the Holy spirit to shine His light on these words to enable us to understand and comprehend and believe. Let's pray together.

O Lord, we come...

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