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December 6, 2020

Bring Your Own Communion

We will celebrate Holy Communion this week. We will have a supply of the individual packets of juice and wafers, however if you prefer, you are invited to "Bring Your Own Communion." Simply bring a piece of bread and some juice. Any kind will work!

New Mask Policy Takes Effect Today

Don't forget your mask! Our new mask policy is in effect today. Please remember that we must wear a face covering at all times when we are in the buildings.

This Week's Prayer Requests

Trudy Strawbridge; Dalton Windon; Bill Whiteford; Lucille Pollinger-Miller; Andrew Pry; Cindy & Tom Kaiser; Kitty Baummer; Norma Metz; the family of Gary Richards; the family of Bill Kurtz; Dalton Windon; Trudy Strawbridge; Nina Galluzzo; Susan Leyhe; Shirley Hess; our country; our local churches

Today's Hymns:

  • #220 "Angels From the Realms of Glory"
  • #369 "Blessed Assurance"
  • #117 "O God, Our Help in Ages Past"
  • #218 "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear"

Scripture Readings

Psalm 71

New International Version

Psalm 71

In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;

    let me never be put to shame.

In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me;

    turn your ear to me and save me.

Be my rock of refuge,

    to which I can always go;

give the command to save me,

    for you are my rock and my fortress.

Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked,

    from the grasp of those who are evil and cruel.

For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord,

    my confidence since my youth.

From birth I have relied on you;

    you brought me forth from my mother’s womb.

    I will ever praise you.

I have become a sign to many;

    you are my strong refuge.

My mouth is filled with your praise,

    declaring your splendor all day long.

Do not cast me away when I am old;

    do not forsake me when my strength is gone.


For my enemies speak against me;

    those who wait to kill me conspire together.


They say, “God has forsaken him;

    pursue him and seize him,

    for no one will rescue him.”


Do not be far from me, my God;

    come quickly, God, to help me.


May my accusers perish in shame;

    may those who want to harm me

    be covered with scorn and disgrace.


As for me, I will always have hope;

    I will praise you more and more.


My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds,

    of your saving acts all day long—

    though I know not how to relate them all.


I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, Sovereign Lord;

    I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone.


Since my youth, God, you have taught me,

    and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.


Even when I am old and gray,

    do not forsake me, my God,

till I declare your power to the next generation,

    your mighty acts to all who are to come.


Your righteousness, God, reaches to the heavens,

    you who have done great things.

    Who is like you, God?


Though you have made me see troubles,

    many and bitter,

    you will restore my life again;

from the depths of the earth

    you will again bring me up.


You will increase my honor

    and comfort me once more.


I will praise you with the harp

    for your faithfulness, my God;

I will sing praise to you with the lyre,

    Holy One of Israel.


My lips will shout for joy

    when I sing praise to you—

    I whom you have delivered.


My tongue will tell of your righteous acts

    all day long,

for those who wanted to harm me have been put to shame and confusion.

Matthew 1:18-25

New International Version

Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about[a]: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet[b] did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[c] because he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”[d] (which means “God with us”).

24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

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  1. Matthew 1:18 Or The origin of Jesus the Messiah was like this
  2. Matthew 1:19 Or was a righteous man and
  3. Matthew 1:21 Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua, which means the Lord saves.
  4. Matthew 1:23 Isaiah 7:14

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Today's Message: "The Advent of Hope: God With Us"

Summary: Every Advent, we explore the themes of 'joy', 'peace', 'love', and 'hope.' Our focus this Advent season will be on hope. While many things about our Advent and Christmas celebrations will look differently this year, nothing can take away the hope we have in Jesus! Because of Christmas, we can trust that God is with us.

Coming soon:

  • December 6 -- 2nd Sunday of Advent/"Bring Your Own Communion"/New Mask Guidelines take effect
  • December 13 -- 3rd Sunday of Advent
  • December 20 -- 4th Sunday of Advent
  • December 24 -- Christmas Eve

Quote of the Week

"Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God."

--Corrie Ten Boom

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