Family Carols 2023

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Isaiah 9:6 NIV 2011
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 Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Joy to the World (1,2,3)
Luke 2:3–7 NIV 2011
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.
Jesus was a very special baby.
His mother, Mary, had not yet married her husband Jospeh, and there was no way she could be pregnant yet.
But God had given her a child to grow in her tummy from the Holy Spirit.
This baby Jesus is the Son of God.
Jesus was a very special baby.
But even though Jesus is the son of God - the creator of all the world - of you and me,
He decided he would come all the way down to us as a little baby,
too a poor family - who couldn’t even get somewhere clean to have their baby.
So Jesus was born and laid in a manger.
Build a manger - this is your practice round..
Jesus is God, but chose to be like us?
The question is why?
Our next song tells us:
Jesus Saves (Colin Buchanan, to the tune of Jingle Bells)
Luke 2:8–12 (NIV 2011)
And there were shepherds living out in the fields near by, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’
When Jesus was born, God sent angels to tell the Shepherds exactly why Jesus, the Son of God,
decided to come down to be a human like us.
The Angel said to the rather terrified Shepherds..
We’re bringing Good news..
And what is the good news:
Luke 2:11 (NIV 2011)
Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
Jesus is Saviour, Messiah and Lord.
These are the 3 things we need to remember this Christmas.
Firstly Jesus came to be our saviour.
What does Saviour mean?
Brilliant - someone who saves us.
Mum’s and Dad’s - we love to tell our children how special and wonderful they are - and in many ways that is true - especially to us their parents.
But in many ways it’s not.
As parents we often strive to give our children everything
- but it’s often responded too with our children being stubborn, or disobedient or lazy, or thoughtless.
And so it is with God.
He, the creator of us and all good things, would love us to know and love, and trust him so much that we always obey his loving instructions.
But the bible is clear - we have all fallen short of God’s goodness.
And becasue he a God who wants only what is right and good - he can hardly ignore our disobedience or lack of faith in him.
The bible calls this sin.
And - if we want to be right with the creator God - who one day will judge us rightly for our sin - we need a...
SAVIOUR - someone who will save us from our own sin and God’s right judgement!
The most incredible thing is that God loves us so much - more than we love our children -
that he gives us his own son to be a Saviour.
Jesus saves us, by dying on the cross, taking God’s right judgement on himself.
All we have to do is say we’re sorry to God, and trust HIm.
Build a Cross!
Jesus is our Saviour
O come all ye faithful (verses 1,2,3 and 6)
Luke 2:11 (NIV 2011)
Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
The second part of this good news of Christmas is that Jesus is the Messiah.
Messiah is a big word, so we might not know what it means - but it’s really good news for us.
Becasuse Messiah means - Promised One.
IN otherwards, all through history God had been promiseing to send someone - and promised one - to save His people!
And becasue God promised someone - and becasue Jesus - the messiah came - it means we can trust everything God has ever promised.
We find all God’s promises about Jesus the Messiah in the bible,
Build a bible! -
Because the bible is where we find God’s promises to send a promised one - a messiah.
The good news is that we can trust God, becasue he promised Jesus the messiah and he came.
While Shepherd’s Watched (1,2,3,4,5,6)
Luke 2:11 NIV 2011
Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
The final good news about Jesus at Christmas is that he is The LORD.
A Lord is someone you belong to and live for.
In the olden days - each town would have a Lord and the people all relied on the Lord for everything - They lived on his land, they worked for him, they had to do what he said - otherwise they would have nothing!
Jesus coming to be our Lord is really good news - becasue unlike human Lords - Jesus is Love!
He saves us out of love as we’ve said.
We can trust him becasue his is the promised one.
And he wants us to live forever in a wonderful family with HIM - as our Lord.
He gives us everything worth having,
His Spirit,
Eternal life,
A good relationship with God,
And he knows what is best for us - more than we do!
Sometimes the bible calls Jesus the King - it’s similar to being out Lord.
So - now make a crown!
What have we learnt
The Good news for Christmas is that:
Jesus is our saviour - He saves us from our sin when we say sorry
Jesus is the Messiah - the promised one - so we can trust him
Jesus is our Lord - He loves us and wants what is best for us.
All that is left is for us to praise him like the angels and shepherds did - they sang:
Luke 2:14 NIV 2011
‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.’
we can do that now in our final carol:
Hark the Herald (1,2,3)
Don’t let this Christmas pass without repenting and Believing in Jesus.
You can find out more in 2 ways.
Adults -
Join us every Sunday, 10 and 4 - you’re very very welcome
Hope Explored - A chance to think about the Christian faith and the Hope it gives us
Kids -
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Holiday Club
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