Featuring Christmas Song, "In The Bleak Midwinter"
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Rev. Bill McGinnis, Pastor
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Christmas Song - "In The Bleak Midwinter"
Text: Christina G. Rossetti, 1830-1894
Music: Gustav Holst, 1874-1934
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In the bleak midwinter
Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter,
Our God, heaven cannot hold him,
Nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away
When he comes to reign;
In the bleak midwinter
A stable place sufficed
The Lord God incarnate,
Enough for him, whom Cherubim
Worship night and day
A breast full of milk
And a manger full of hay.
Enough for him, whom angels
Fall down before,
The ox and ass and camel
Angels and archangels
May have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim
Thronged the air;
But his mother only,
In her maiden bliss,
Worshipped the Beloved
With a kiss.
What can I give him,
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd
I would bring a lamb,
If I were a wise man
I would do my part,
Yet what I can I give Him .
Give my heart.
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Invocation - Asking the Lord to be with us
O Lord, we know that You are everywhere,
And nothing happens that You cannot see,
But even so, we pray that You will come
And join with us directly at this time.
We now will offer up our praise to You,
And we do much desire to have You here.
In Jesus' holy name we pray, Amen.
by William McGinnis,
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Scriptures and Teachings - "The Birth Of Jesus"
The Birth Of Jesus
As Described In Matthew 1:18-2:23
1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ happened this way: When
as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she
was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
1:19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not
willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly.
1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the
angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, you son of
David, fear not to take unto you Mary your wife: for that which is
conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call
his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
1:22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled
which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring
forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being
interpreted is, God with us.
1:24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel
of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
1:25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her
firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the
days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to
2:2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for
we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
2:3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was
troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
2:4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and
scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be
2:5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for
thus it is written by the prophet,
2:6 And you Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, are not the
least among the princes of Juda: for out of you shall come a Governor,
that shall rule my people Israel.
2:7 Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men,
inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
2:8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search
diligently for the young child; and when you have found him, bring me word
again, that I may come and worship him also.
2:9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo,
the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and
stood over where the young child was.
2:10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding
2:11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the
young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and
when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold,
and frankincense and myrrh.
2:12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should
not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
2:13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the
Lord appears to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child
and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be you there until I bring you
word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
2:14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother
by night, and departed into Egypt:
2:15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might
be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of
Egypt have I called my son.
2:16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the
wise men, was exceedingly angry, and sent forth, and slew all the children
that were in Bethlehem, and in all the borders of it, from two years old
and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the
2:17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah
the prophet, saying,
2:18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and
weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would
not be comforted, because they are not.
2:19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord
appears in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,
2:20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his
mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the
young child's life.
2:21 And he arose, and took the young child and his
mother, and came into the land of Israel.
2:22 But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea
in the place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go to there:
notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the
parts of Galilee:
2:23 And he came and dwelled in a city called Nazareth:
that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be
called a Nazarene.
Source: King James Clarified New Testament (KJCNT)
Prayer For You - "For You To Render Help When Called Upon"
"For You To Render Help When Called Upon"
The Lord has told us, "Ask. You will receive."
And He wants us to do the same as He:
If someone asks us, we should try to help.
So let His good example be your guide,
And render help when you are called upon.
And sometimes you will clearly have a case,
Where you are being called, but not in words,
But by the situation, close at hand.
In such a case, you know what you should do:
"Give unto others as you would receive."
In Jesus' name I pray for you, Amen.
by Rev. Bill McGinnis - Public Domain
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Exhortation: "My Children, Love One Another!"
"My Children, Love One Another!"
This item is not directly from Scripture, but it comes from a
trusted man of God, St. Jerome, whom God selected to compile the
Vulgate Bible, which was the authoritative Christian Bible for the
world for many centuries.
It is a story about St. John, writer of the Fourth Gospel and the
of Revelation and the letters 1st, 2nd and 3rd John.
St. Jerome writes that during the last years of St. John's life,
he was a very old man, he used always say the same thing to the
faithful: "My children, love one another!" On one occasion he was
asked why he insisted on this, to which he replied: "Because it is
Lord's commandment, and if you keep just this commandment, it will
suffice." ("Comm. in Gal.", III, 6, 10).
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Closing Song - "Joy To The World" - with words and MIDI music
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Invitation To Accept Jesus Christ As Your Personal Lord And Saviour
I pray the Lord that He will lead your path
Away from the temptations all around.
I pray that when temptation lingers near,
The Lord will lead you not into its reach.
But if temptation grabs you as you pass,
I pray the Lord that you will struggle free.
In Jesus' holy name I pray, Amen.
Blessings to you in Jesus Christ our Lord.
This chapel service is now complete.
Rev. Bill McGinnis
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