English Worship 12.18 – Advent 4

“We gather each week for Christian worship and fellowship, following a historic tradition that unites people of diverse backgrounds by the sharing of the Good News of Jesus Christ.”

We are glad you are here, from wherever you are – rejoicing in the hope of our Savior Jesus!
Below, please find our Sermon audio, bible readings and some songs. Set some time aside today if you are able, either alone or with some friends or family, and enter into an intentional time of worship with our God. May He bless you today and may you know that Jesus is always with you! 🙂

 Thought For The Day

Ready or not, Christmas is coming! Today in worship we hear how Joseph and Mary were surprised by this good news of a coming baby. In hearing the word of God about their baby, they were able to see him as a gift, the Immanuel. Blessed are the ones who believe God’s promises are fulfilled!

Bible Readings 

Isaiah 7:10-17

【Isa 7:10】Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz,

【Isa 7:11】“Ask the Lord your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.”

【Isa 7:12】But Ahaz said, “I will not ask; I will not put the Lord to the test.”

【Isa 7:13】Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of humans? Will you try the patience of my God also?

【Isa 7:14】Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they  will call him Immanuel.  (Immanuel means God with us.) 

【Isa 7:15】He will be eating curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right,

【Isa 7:16】for before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste.

【Isa 7:17】The Lord will bring on you and on your people and on the house of your father a time unlike any since Ephraim broke away from Judah—he will bring the king of Assyria.”

Matthew 1:18-25

【Mat 1:18】This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about ( Or The origin of Jesus the Messiah was like this ) : His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.

【Mat 1:19】Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet ( Or was a righteous man and ) did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

【Mat 1:20】But after he had considered 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 home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.

【Mat 1:21】She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, ( Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua, which means the Lord saves. ) because he will save his people from their sins.”

【Mat 1:22】All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:

【Mat 1:23】“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” ( Isaiah7:14 ) (which means “God with us”).

【Mat 1:24】When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.

【Mat 1:25】But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

Sermon 
Prayer 

Spend some time in prayer with our Heavenly Father. He asks us to pray, to talk with Him. Like a father and his child. Bring to Him your problems and your difficult situations. Bring to Him your hopes and desires. Praise Him and give Him thanks for all He’s done. 

Share your life with Him, 

because He loves you.

Emmanuel! God is with Us!

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