S.P.A.R.K.
December 2018

(St. Paul Church’s Announcements to Read and Know)

 

 

The birth of a certain child two thousand years ago in Bethlehem prompted a poet in the nineteenth
century to ask a very uncommon question in a hymn: “What Child Is This?” It was an uncommon
question because it asked about the birth of a very uncommon child.

What Child Is This? The angel who announced this child’s birth on Christmas Eve answered the
question this way: “a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” The hymn writer answered it this way: “This, this is
Christ the king.” They both want to make known the identity of this child.

The goal of our Advent worship series is to set before us the unmatched blessing of the Lord’s
incarnation. Our hymn helps us in this regard by making connections that we might not otherwise make.
The sermon series draws upon the themes of Holy Scripture and teaches us to appreciate the full range of
blessings that are ours through faith in the child who is God from before the foundations of the world, and
who was born of the Virgin Mary.

Below is the schedule we will be using for the readings on Sunday, the children’s message, and the
Bible study. I will be leading the Bible study in the church basement; I encourage you to attend. The
Youth Group will also be joining us for Bible study during Advent and Christmas.

Be sure to check your upcoming bulletins, church calendar, and social media for dates and times of
other services such as the Yamhill Chorus, preschool program, youth service, and Christmas Eve service.
May you be filled with hope and joy which can only be found in Jesus Christ this Advent and Christmas.

Pastor Don

Sunday Dec 2 – Advent 1
Sermon: “The Child Who Is Zechariah’s Hope”
Children’s Message: “Certain Hope”
Bible Study: Isaiah 40:1–5; Luke 1:5–25

Sunday Dec 9 – Advent 2
Sermon: “The Child Who Is a Virgin’s Great Son”
Children’s Message: “Our True Hero”
Bible Study: Judges 13:2–7; Luke 1:26–38

Sunday Dec 16 – Advent 3
Sermon: “The Child Who Is John’s Joy”
Children’s Message: “Leaping for Joy”
Bible Study: 2 Samuel 6:12–23; Luke 1:39–45

Christmas
Sermon: “The Child Who Is the Lord”
Children’s Message: “What Child Is This?”
Bible Study: Isaiah 9:2–7; Titus 2:11–14; Luke 2:1–14