December 2019 Program Summaries
December 1, 2019 – First Sunday in Advent
Psalm 118:25-28, Zechariah 9:9b (Antiphon); Isaiah 2:1-5; Matthew 21:1-11
“Your King’s Coming!” - Sermon Text: Zechariah 9:9b - Rev. Shayne Jonker
Your King is coming! What would you do if you were expecting the arrival of a king at your home? Would it make any difference in your daily routine? How would you prepare? King Jesus is on His way! He’s coming to you, full of righteousness and bearing salvation. Now that’s an advent to look forward to with hope, with expectation, with longing, and with urgency.
December 8, 2019 – Second Sunday in Advent
Psalm 72:1-7; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12
“Band of Brothers” - Sermon Text: Romans 15:4-13 - Rev. Paul Shoemaker
There is great division in our world. This is also reflected in our country. Jesus came to remove the barriers that separate us so we “may abound in hope.”
December 15, 2019 – Third Sunday in Advent
Psalm 146; Isaiah 35:1-10; Matthew 11:2-15
“A Blooming Desert” - Sermon Text: Isaiah 35:1-10 - Rev. Bill Mueller
Do you feel dry and deserted? Are the pressures of life squeezing out the joy of living as a Child of God? Take heart for God has Good News for you! Through His prophecy of a “Blooming Desert,” God encourages you!
December 22, 2019 – Fourth Sunday in Advent *The Nativity of Our Lord – Christmas Day Observed
Psalm 98; Isaiah 52:7-10; John 1:1-18
“The Bare Truth” - Sermon Text: Isaiah 52:7-10 - Rev. Dr. Thomas Ahlersmeyer
The abiding popularity of tell-all, show-all magazines and websites testifies to human curiosity about the “inside scoop,” the bare truth, of celebrities, happenings, and other such things. God’s Word truly tells all and shows all as it delivers The Bare Truth about history’s most important, consequential person . . . our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Christmas story does so much more than satisfy human curiosity, it shows us God and the way back to Him.
December 29, 2019 – First Sunday after Christmas
Psalm 111; Galatians 4:4-7; Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23
“Nothing Stops God” - Sermon Text: Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23 - Rev. Dr. Walter Maier III
The forces for evil seem powerful, indeed. But no evil power can stop God in his plan to save you, or in any of his blessed plans for you.