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December 27, 2020 - Preparing For The Lord's Day

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I think it's safe to say we all want to lead productive lives. We want to give ourselves to people and projects that add meaning and joy to our lives and theirs. That's why it can be frustrating when you come to the end of your day, and there are still things left to do. There are unfinished projects and plans. There are unreturned emails and phone calls. It can be frustrating to end your day like that.

Do you suppose Jesus had unfinished business at the end of his day and if so, did it frustrate him? To answer that question, we'll look at a day in the life of Jesus from Mark 1. What we'll see there may surprise you and will definitely encourage you as you head into the new year.  To come prepared for the sermon take time this week to read and to meditate upon Mark 1. 

In worship this week, we'll sing about the angelic birth announcement of Jesus in "Angels We Have Heard on High," be encouraged by the triumphant birth of Christ in "Good Christian Men, Rejoice!" and be reminded that Jesus has saved us into his family, which is "diverse, yet truly one," as we sing "We Are God's People." Julie Haley will also be singing a stirring rendition of "O Holy Night" for our Offertory Anthem that will have us falling to our knees in awe and praise of the gospel's hope and power.

 Text: Mark 1:35-39

Title: Unfinished Business

Outline:

  1. Intimacy with God informs our identity
  2. Intimacy with God informs our priorities