Preparation for Worship
The Word was God
Merry Christmas from Columbiaville Baptist Church!
Join us your brothers and sisters in the body of Christ this weekend for special Christmas services remembering and meditating upon the nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are keeping an eye on the weather, but at this point we are optimistic that we should be able to meet Saturday and Sunday as scheduled. Keep an eye on Facebook and the church email group for official notifications.
We will have a Christmas Eve service Saturday at 4 PM. We will have several scripture readings, singing, and a message from God’s Word.
On Christmas Day, we will have a special combined Sunday School at 9:15 AM. Cinnamon rolls will be provided between the services. Then at 10:30 AM, we will hold our Lord’s Day worship service.
The call to worship for Christmas Day comes from John 1:1-4:
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things were made through him,
and without him was not
any thing made that was made.
In him was life,
and the life was the light of men.
- John 1:1-4
In John 1, the Apostle declares, in the most direct and clear way, that the Word who became flesh is very God. Put simply, this is why we worship Jesus Christ on the Lord’s Day. The beautiful hymn says it best: O come let us adore him, Christ the Lord! If the newborn babe is God, then to him belongs our whole lives as a living sacrifice, the devotion of our very hearts and souls, and our true worship in praise and gratefulness. Though Christmas is an important family and cultural holiday, though it is a wonderful time to leave behind work and daily responsibilities, there is no better way to use this December 25th than for the Lord on his Day in worship with your brothers and sisters in Christ.
Sunday School this Sunday will be combined. I will teach a special Christmas lesson.
For this Sunday’s sermon, we return to the message of the angels in Luke 2. This time we consider how the multitude of the heavenly hosts give glory to God and bless all humanity with peace. The anthem of the angelic army teaches us what the coming of the Christ is really all about in a powerful and focused way.
Call to Worship: John 1:1-4
Hymn 199 [Majesty] Hark! The Herald Angels Sing “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” is not only one of the best carols of the Christian church, it is one of the greatest hymns ever written. The theological themes Charles Wesley serves up in this grand text are robust and meaty. Yet the words are warmly comforting for sinners who have put their faith in Jesus Christ. The hymn with its majestic tune by Felix Mendelssohn captures the festal jubilance of Christmas, and many of the themes of the song of the angels are artistically captured in splendid English poetry. Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King: peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!" Joyful, all ye nations, rise, join the triumph of the skies; with th'angelic hosts proclaim, "Christ is born in Bethlehem!" It will be a joy again to sing it together on this Christmas Day.
Hymn 193 [Majesty] Angels, from the Realms of Glory
Prayer & Offering
Hymn 196 [Majesty] Angels We Have Heard on High
Prayer of Confession & Assurance
Congregational Reading: John 1:9-18
Hymn 218 [Majesty] How Great Our Joy
Sermon: With the Angels Let Us Sing from Luke 2:10-14
Hymn 205 [Majesty] Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
There is no evening service this Christmas Day.
Get to know the great Paul Gerhardt Christmas hymn “O Lord, How Shall I Greet Thee”
The profound simplicity of “Away in a Manger”