Bulletin for December 24, 2017
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Isaiah 11:1-2, 6-9
Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root. 2 And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
6 In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together; the leopard will lie down with the baby goat. The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion, and a little child will lead them all. 7 The cow will graze near the bear. The cub and the calf will lie down together. The lion will eat hay like a cow.
8 The baby will play safely near the hole of a cobra. Yes, a little child will put its hand in a nest of deadly snakes without harm. 9 Nothing will hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain, for as the waters fill the sea, so the earth will be filled with people who know the Lord.
At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea,40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women,and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
46 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name. 50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. 51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. 52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. 54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful 55 to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.”
56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.
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Leader: The Word of the Lord.
Congregation: Thanks be to God.
This week’s worship.
Thank you SO MUCH for making our 2017 Angel Tree initiative such a wonderful success!
Tonight starting at 4:30pm we will be bringing some Christmas cheer to our friends at the RRM in the evening for our regular 4th-Sunday-of-the-month dinner service. Q-Shack will be catering. Join us for great food and Christmas fun!
New Year’s Sunday
It has been a seven-year Ekklesia tradition to not have church on the Sunday after Christmas – giving all our leaders and volunteers a true rest. We will not have a regular worship service. However, for those who can attend, we’ve been invited to participate in a special New Year’s Eve worship service with Christ Our King Community Church (COKCC) from 10pm – Midnight. Both CJ and I are not able to attend (travel), but if you are interested, COKCC would LOVE to see you! Click here and sign up to participate.