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PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”Matthew 1:21

And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.” Luke 2:34-35

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends… No longer do I call you servants… but I have called you friends…
 John 15:13,15



Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
 Hebrews 2:17


And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”
 Luke 9:23

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.1 John 3:16

He left his Father’s throne above,
So free, so infinite his grace,
Emptied himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race. 
- Charles Wesley, “And Can It Be?”

“Those little arms in the manger will one day grapple with the monster ‘Death’ and destroy it.” – Charles Spurgeon

 

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
 For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
 and holy is his name…”

Luke 1:46-49 (Magnificat)

 

SONG

O Come All Ye Faithful

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant!
O come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem
Come and behold Him
Born the King of Angels
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord!

Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning
Jesus, to Thee be all glory given
Word of the Father
Now in flesh appearing
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord!

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation
Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!
Glory to God
Glory in the highest
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord!

Adeste fideles
Laeti triumphantes
Venite, venite in Bethlehem!
Natum videte
Regem angelorum
Venite adoremus
Venite adoremus
Venite adoremus
Dominum

SONG

The First Noel

The First Noel, the Angels did say
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
On a cold winter’s night that was so deep

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the East beyond them far
And to the earth it gave great light
And so it continued both day and night

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

 

SONG

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

It came upon a midnight clear that glorious song of old
From angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold
Peace on the earth, goodwill to men from heaven’s all gracious King!
The world in solemn stillness lay to hear the angels sing.

Yet with the woes of sin and strife the world hath suffered long
Beneath the angel-strain have rolled two thousand years of wrong
And man, at war with man, hears not the love song which they bring
O hush the noise, ye men of strife, and hear the angels sing

For lo! the days are hastening on, by prophets seen of old
When with the ever-circling years shall come the time foretold
When peace shall over all the earth its ancient splendors fling
And all the world give back the song which now the angels sing

It came upon a midnight clear that glorious song of old
From angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold
Peace on the earth, goodwill to men from heaven’s all gracious King
The world in solemn stillness lay to hear the angels sing.

 

KID’S SING

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Christmas: Veiled in Flesh – Let’s celebrate the arrival of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ, while also sharing Him with others. This time of year more people are open to attending church, so – as our body celebrates the joy of the Incarnation together – we encourage you to invite two friends to worship with us over the next few weeks. With that in mind, here is the schedule for our services (including children):
* Dec.17: Special Christmas Service (Nursery only, Kids in Service)
* Dec.24: Christmas Eve Service – 10AM, no PM. (Nursery only, Kids in Service)
* Dec.31: Normal worship Service at 10AM, no PM. (Nursery only, Kids in Service)

Community Groups in February – We are seeking more group leaders, hosts, and teachers, who will gather others around sermon discussion questions or another biblical topic. If you might be willing to serve in this way, or if you have an idea you’d like to throw our way, e-mail Jeff Kyle to talk about it.

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GIVING UPDATE
Total 2023 Budget: $850,242
Actual Giving YTD: $620,017
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OFFERTORY

If you would like to give electronically, you may do so using the “Giving” tab at the bottom-right corner of the mobile app. There are also white baskets in the back of our worship space, where you can give via check, made out to King’s Cross Church, or cash.


SERMON
“Born To Die”

Mark 8:27-9:1

27 And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28 And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” 29 And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” 30 And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him.
31 And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”
34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? 37 For what can a man give in return for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
9:1 And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power.”

 

SONG

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

[Verse 1]
Hark! the herald angels sing:
“Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled”
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With angelic hosts proclaim:
“Christ is born in Bethlehem”
Hark! the herald angels sing:
“Glory to the newborn King!”

[Verse 2]
Christ by highest Heav’n adored
Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of a Virgin’s womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Hark! the herald angels sing:
“Glory to the newborn King!”

[Verse 3]
Hail the Heav’n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris’n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! the herald angels sing:
“Glory to the newborn King!”

 

BENEDICTION

Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.

Isaiah 53:4-5