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Dec 17, 2023 – 3. Everlasting Father

Welcome – Pastor Stuart

Call to Worship – Pastor Stuart

Opening Hymn – Walk as a Child of the Light – #206

Advent Candles – Jerry & Marva Fife

Online Moment – Pastor Dave

Scripture Reading – Gerry Sleeth

Choir Cantata – The Lakeview Choir

Cantata Lyrics

Message – 3. Everlasting Father

Offering – Pastor Stuart

Cantata Finale – The Lakeview Choir

Benediction & Response – Emmanuel – #204

Postlude

Matthew 1:18-25 – New Revised Standard Version

18 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be pregnant from the Holy Spirit.

19 Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to divorce her quietly.

20 But just when he had resolved to do 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 as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.

21 She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

23 “Look, the virgin shall become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.”

24 When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife

25 but had no marital relations with her until she had given birth to a son, and he named him Jesus.

There are many names for Jesus as savior given to us in scripture. In Isaiah 9:6 we have some familiar names often used in the Advent and Christmas seasons to reference the coming of Jesus as messiah:  Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  We’ll look at each of these names and their meaning in the biblical narrative and also for our celebration of Christmas. We’ll draw upon the insights of Hebrew Bible Scholar and pastor Walter Bruggemann in his Advent study.

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