Reaching out with God's Love

Scripture Readings

Posted by on Dec 20, 2017 in Announcement, Scriptures |

Sunday   December 24, 2017

10:00am Service

First Reading:   2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16

Instead of David building a house (temple) for the Lord, the Lord promises to establish David’s house (dynasty) forever. Centuries later, after the Babylonian exile, no king sat on the throne. Even then, however, the people of Israel remembered this promise and continued to hope for a king, the messiah, the Lord’s anointed.

Second Reading:   Romans 16:25-27

Paul closes his letter to the Romans by praising God because in the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ God has revealed the promised, divine plan of salvation for all humanity. Paul proclaims this gospel of Christ in order to bring about the obedience of faith among all nations.

Gospel:   Luke 1:26-38

In this annunciation, Luke makes clear that God comes with good news for ordinary people (Mary) from little-known places (Nazareth). This king will not be born to royalty in a palace, but to common folk in a stall.  Here Luke highlights the role of the Spirit, a special emphasis in his gospel.

 

7:00pm & 11:00pm Service

First Reading:   Isaiah 9:2-7

This poem promises deliverance from Assyrian oppression, a hope based on the birth of a royal child with a name full of promise. While Judah’s king will practice justice and righteousness, the real basis for faith lies in God’s passion for the people: The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this!

Second Reading:   Titus 2:11-14

The appearance of God’s grace in Jesus Christ brings salvation for all humanity. Consequently, in the present we live wisely and justly while also anticipating the hope of our Savior’s final appearance.

Gospel:   Luke: 2:1-14 [15-20]

God’s greatest gift comes as a baby in a manager. Angels announce the “good news of great joy” and proclaim God’s blessing of peace.