“Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. The LORD is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works.” Ps 145:13
Responsive Call To Worship Psalm 145 Leader: I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. People: Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever.
Responsive Call To Worship Psalm 145 Leader: Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. People: One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.
Responsive Call To Worship Psalm 145 Leader: On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. People: The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
Responsive Call To Worship Psalm 145 Leader: Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. People: The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. All: My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD, and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.
Confession of Sin Righteous Father, you have crowned your beloved Son as Lord of all. Jesus, we confess that we have not bowed before you and are slow to acknowledge your rule in our lives and world. We give allegiance to other masters - prestige, money, power, sex, comfort—and refuse to be governed by your justice and love. In your mercy, forgive us. Holy Spirit, raise us to acclaim Christ’s sovereign reign over all, that we may be joyful servants, transformed by his grace and obeying his commands. Amen.
Concert of Prayer 7pm, Friday, January 4th in the Parlor
Scripture Reading Deuteronomy 17:14-20 14 “When you come to the land that the Lord your God is giving you, and you possess it and dwell in it and then say, ‘I will set a king over me, like all the nations that are around me,’ 15 you may indeed set a king over you whom the Lord your God will choose. One from among your brothers you shall set as king over you. You may not put a foreigner over you, who is not your brother.
Scripture Reading Deuteronomy 17:14-20 16 Only he must not acquire many horses for himself or cause the people to return to Egypt in order to acquire many horses, since the Lord has said to you, ‘You shall never return that way again.’ 17 And he shall not acquire many wives for himself, lest his heart turn away, nor shall he acquire for himself excessive silver and gold.
Scripture Reading Deuteronomy 17:14-20 18 “And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by the Levitical priests. 19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them,
Scripture Reading Deuteronomy 17:14-20 20 that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers, and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right hand or to the left, so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children, in Israel.
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Luke 1 26 ¶ In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” • 35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” • 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
1) Disruptive King “But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be.” Vs 29
"He encroaches, presumes, invades, and infringes. He crashes the party. Tears aside curtains. Throws open locked doors. Hits the light switch.. pulls the fire alarm.“ Joni Eareckson Tada, Glorious Intruder,
“Behold, today in Pen Lucy a Savior has been born to you. You will find him wrapped in dishrags lying in a kitchen sink.” John Chapman, as the angel @ FCF Advent Concert
3) Intimate King vs 28 “And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” vs 28
“The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.’" Luke 1:28 (NIV)