Rejoicing In Hope by Pastor Scott

Christmas Contemplation

Angels proclaimed a Hopeful & Holy night that was worthy of worship & rejoicing 

The Birth narrative of Jesus Christ:

The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those on whom his favor rests”

The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. Luke 2:10, 13-14, 20


Rejoicing: noun = “great joy; jubilation” – verb = “the action of one that rejoices” or “an expression of joy”

For many people, this past year has brought a deep sense of “weary” with a variety of difficulties, distress, division and even death but we still have reasons to rejoice and I pray that we will discover an even deeper sense of joy & rejoicing as our souls “feel the worth” (worship) of God’s redeeming love in sending us a Savior – a thrill of hope!

May rejoicing for you & for me this season move from a noun that we speak about to a verb that we actively express.

A Song of Hope:

O Holy Night is a well-known Christmas hymn that reflects on Jesus’ birth and the glorious redemption of humanity

O Holy Night (some of the lyrics)

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,

It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth.

Long lay the world in sin and error pining,


Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.

A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn


Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,

Let all within us praise His holy name


Christ is the Lord; O praise His Name forever

His power and glory evermore proclaim


LivingWaters Christmas Worship this coming weekend and next week:

Sunday, Dec. 20 at 10AM– special songs of Christmas Worship led by our Worship Team and Advent Hope discovered in the Incarnate Word – John 1:14-17 – “Wonders of Longing” – our deepest desires and longings can be fulfilled in His Goodness ~ His Glory ~ His Grace!  “We have seen His glory, the glory of the One & Only”

Thursday, Dec. 24 at 4PM– special music & traditional carols – “sweet hymns of joy” and a devotional of the great “Wonder of His Love” – that the glory of the One & Only would come from the Father and the Father would make Him known to us – John 1:14, 18 – join with us for this holy night of Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship.

 Join us in worship online from home or in person


Responding in joyful worship:

When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary,

And they bowed down and worshiped him– Matthew 2:10-11

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