The King Comes to His Temple – CRC Sunday Sermon

December 8, 2019
2nd Avent Sunday – Bethlehem: The Wise Men
(links to hymns and sermon are in blue font)

Pastoral Reading
Matthew 2:1-12

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men[a] from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose[b] and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
    who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.”After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was.10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

Opening Hymn
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (Trinity Hymnal #196)

Prayer
Focus this week: Renee

Congregational Hymns
As With Gladness Men of Old (Trinity Hymnal #226)
Good Christian Men, Rejoice (Trinity Hymnal #207)
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Trinity Hymnal #211)

Offering Hymn
O Come, All Ye Faithful (Trinity Hymn #208)

Scripture Reading
Galatians 4:21-31

Preaching the Word
The King Comes to His Temple, Matthew 21
YouTube link

Closing Hymn
All Glory, Laud, and Honor (Trinity Hymnal #235)

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