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Christmas Eve Candle Light Service
December 24, 1997
*Fun Time:  Christmas Quiz*
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*Time of Worship:*
*          Reading #122                The Advent of our Lord*
*Isa 7:14  Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.*
*          Hymn #123-1,2             O Come, O Come, Emmanuel                            *
*Mt 1:23  "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" --which means, "God with us."*
*          Hymn #134-twice                   Emmanuel                                                 *
*Mt 1:21  She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."*
*          Hymn #126-twice                   A Nativity Prayer                                                *
*Isa 61:1 ¶ The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,*
*          Hymn #124                             Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus*
*Jer 23:5  "The days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land.*
*          Hymn #162                             The Birthday of a King                                      *
*Ps 96:9  Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth.*
*          Hymn #165                             Adoration                                                  *
*Re 12:5  She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.
And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne.*
*          Hymn #164                             One Small Child                                        *
*2Co 8:5  And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God's will.*
*          Hymn #154-twice                   What Can I Give Him?                                      *
*1Co 8:6  yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.*
*          Hymn #149-round                 Jesus Is Born*
*Time of Reflection:*
          With the coming of Christ, God made a statement to all mankind.
What was this statement?
Let us look at the words of Christ about Himself.
Just who is this Christ?
*I Am  (Ex.
3:14, “I am who I am.”)*
*Mt 8:3  Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man.
"I am willing," he said.
"Be clean!" Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.*
*Mt 9:28  When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" "Yes, Lord," they replied.*
*Mt 11:29  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.*
*Mt 28:20  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."*
*Mr 14:62  "I am," said Jesus.
"And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven."*
*Lu 22:70  They all asked, "Are you then the Son of God?"
He replied, "You are right in saying I am."*
*Joh 6:35  Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life.
He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.*
*Joh 6:51  I am the living bread that came down from heaven.
If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.
This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."*
*/Joh 8:12 ¶ When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."/*
*Joh 8:18  I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me."*
*Joh 8:23  But he continued, "You are from below; I am from above.
You are of this world; I am not of this world.*
*Joh 8:24  I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins."*
*Joh 8:28  So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am the one I claim to be and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.*
*Joh 8:58  "I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!"*
*/Joh 9:5  While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."/*
*Joh 10:7  Therefore Jesus said again, "I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep.*
*Joh 10:9  I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.
He will come in and go out, and find pasture.*
*Joh 10:11  "I am the good shepherd.
The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.*
*Joh 10:14  "I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me--*
*Joh 10:36  what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world?
Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, 'I am God's Son'?*
*Joh 11:25  Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life.
He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;*
*Joh 13:13  "You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and rightly so, for that is what I am.*
*Joh 13:19  "I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am He.*
*Joh 14:6  Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.*
*Joh 14:10  Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me?
The words I say to you are not just my own.
Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.*
*Joh 14:11  Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.*
*Joh 14:20  On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.*
*Joh 15:1 ¶ "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.*
*Joh 15:5  "I am the vine; you are the branches.
If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.*
*Joh 16:32  "But a time is coming, and has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home.
You will leave me all alone.
Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.*
*Joh 17:16  They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.*
*Joh 17:21  that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.
May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.*
*Joh 18:37  "You are a king, then!" said Pilate.
Jesus answered, "You are right in saying I am a king.
In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.
Everyone on the side of truth listens to me."*
*Re 1:8  "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty."*
*Re 1:17  When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead.
Then he placed his right hand on me and said: "Do not be afraid.
I am the First and the Last.*
*Re 1:18  I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever!
And I hold the keys of death and Hades.*
*Re 2:23  I will strike her children dead.
Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.*
*Re 3:11  I am coming soon.
Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.*
*Re 3:20  Here I am!
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