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Christmas Sounds 2017




Sights and Sounds of Christmas

Luke 2: 1-7


United Christian Church

2851 Sevier Road

Marietta – NY 13110




December 24th, 2017



Front Cover: Luke 2:14


14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Inside Cover : Revelations 11:17

17 saying: “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was,
because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign.


Call to Worship:  Isaiah 9:6-7


6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

7 Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end.


He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom,  establishing and upholding it

with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty

will accomplish this.




Today’s Sermon – Sights and Sounds of Christmas –                                       Luke 2:1-7


The Birth of Jesus


In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.


So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.


Opening Thoughts by Pastor Hal


What sounds do we hear?

[-] Funny Christmas Songs and Phrases.

[-] Christmas Commercials

[-] Hustle and Bustle – Got to get the presents -

[-] Parties

[-] You know the Gig – Every Year -  


What sounds should we hear?

[-] God’s Love for Us

[-] Noisy Inn – where a census is taken and a baby is born.

[-] No one in the Inn was sensitive to the Birth of Jesus

[-] God still cares



Draw Parallel with the Inn in Bethlehem and Today


A Roman Census was being taken and the all people in Israel had to register.  Their Mindsets -


Anger, Rebellion, Indifference, Greed, Selfishness, Me Syndrome,

Depression, Alcohol, Rowdy Behavior, Suicide.


Do these emotions and behaviors sound familiar with many lives today?


How can we Change and truly Appreciate the Christmas Season


[-] God wants to hear our Love for Him.


[-] God wants to hear our Joy for Jesus .


[-] God wants us to hear a Thanksgiving for his Covenant


John 3:16- 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,

that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.


[-] How can we show this Joy to God who wants to Hear and Feel our Joy for Him

                Joyfully Singing the Christmas Hymns

                Joyfully Praising Jesus

                Joyfully Being Thankful for God’s Loving Hand in our Lives

                Joyfully Spreading God’s Word this Christmas Season


[-] Merry Christmas


                As you Celebrate the birth of the One who came to save us

                Jesus Christ our Lord


Dec 17th – 2017 – Quick Notes from Pastors Sermon


Immanuel – Jesus [  God with Us ]


What should we be thinking – doing this Christmas Season


[-] Peace with one another

[-] Love Jesus

[-] Emulate – Be Like Jesus

O Come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.

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