2019-12-29 — The Gruesome Reality of Keeping Christ in Christmas

Church Year: Christmas 1:
Date: December 29, 2019

Theme: The Gruesome Reality of Keeping Christ in Christmas

– Matthew 2:13-18

– Pastor: John Hein

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The Order of Worship: Bulletin

Liturgy: WS, p. 12 ff.


TLH 89 : To Thee my Heart I Offer Hymnary.org link
TLH 273 : Sweet Flowerets of the Martyr Band Hymnary.org link
TLH 76 : A Great and Mighty Wonder Hymnary.org link
TLH 97 : Let us all with Gladsome Voice Hymnary.org link

Scripture Readings:

Isaiah 63:7-9
Galatians 4:4-7

Theme: The Gruesome Reality of Keeping Christ in Christmas

Matthew 2:13–18 (Listen)

The Flight to Egypt

13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” 14 And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt 15 and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

Herod Kills the Children

16 Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:

18   “A voice was heard in Ramah,
    weeping and loud lamentation,
  Rachel weeping for her children;
    she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”