To Understand and Know Him – CRC Sunday Sermon

December 6, 2020
2nd Advent Sunday
Bethlehem – The Wise Men

Opening Songs
(streamed live on CRC Facebook and lead by Kevin Dirks)

Angels We Have Heard on High (Trinity #214)

As With Gladness Men of Old (Trinity #226)

O Come All Ye Faithful (Trinity #208)

He Shall Reign Forevermore
Verse 1
In the bleak mid-winter
All creation groans
For a world in darkness
Frozen like a stone
Light is breaking
In a stable for a throne
 
Chorus
(And) He shall reign forevermore forevermore
And He shall reign forevermore forevermore
Unto us a Child is born
The King of kings and Lord of lords
And He shall reign forevermore forevermore
 
Verse 2
If I were a wise man
I would travel far
If I were a shepherd
I would do my part
But poor as I am
I will give to Him my heart
 
Bridge
Here within a manger lies the One
Who made the starry skies
This baby born for sacrifice
Christ the Messiah
Into our hopes into our fears
The Savior of the world appears
The promise of eternal years
Christ the Messiah

Chris Tomlin/Matt Maher
@2015 S.D.G. Publishing
CCLI#108183

Pastor Reading
Matthew 2:1-12

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men 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 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.

Prayer
Focus this Week: Olivia Orr (06/12/06)

Scripture Reading
Jeremiah 9

Preaching the Word
To Understand and Know Him – Jeremiah 9:23-24

(Links to sermon and hymns are in  blue font)
CCLI #108183


Due to rising health concerns we are not meeting at church today. Rather Sunday School and the service will be streamed on Facebook and the sermon will be recorded to sermonaudio.com.

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