Central United Methodist Church
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Endicott, New York
Central United Methodist Church, Endicott, NY
A Reconciling Congregation

The Fourth Sunday of Advent
Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost
Dec. 18, 2016

Central United Methodist Church - Online Video
Piano-Organ Duet Sean Stafford & Roger Richards 0:01
Greeting Pastor Michelle 3:25
Announcements Knud Hansen 4:15
Lighting of the Advent Candle Cole Family 9:08
"The King of Glory Comes" Song # 2091 13:07
A Time for the Child in All of Us Pastor Michelle 14:44
"Mary Did You Know?" Capella Ringers 19:09
Matthew 1:18-25 Linda Holly 25:06
"Mary, Mary" Chancel Choir 27:57
"My Soul Gives Glory to My God" Song # 198 34:05
Pastoral Prayer & Lord's Prayer Pastor Michelle 37:40
Luke 1:46-45 Camille Link 43:20
The Sermon Pastor Michelle 44:20
"Once in Royal David's City" Song # 250 56:55
The Blessing Pastor Michelle 59:31

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Matthew 1:18-25    The Message (MSG)

The Birth of Jesus

18-19 The birth of Jesus took place like this. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. Before they came to the marriage bed, Joseph discovered she was pregnant. (It was by the Holy Spirit, but he didn’t know that.) Joseph, chagrined but noble, determined to take care of things quietly so Mary would not be disgraced.

20-23 While he was trying to figure a way out, he had a dream. God’s angel spoke in the dream: “Joseph, son of David, don’t hesitate to get married. Mary’s pregnancy is Spirit-conceived. God’s Holy Spirit has made her pregnant. She will bring a son to birth, and when she does, you, Joseph, will name him Jesus—‘God saves’—because he will save his people from their sins.” This would bring the prophet’s embryonic sermon to full term:

Watch for this—a virgin will get pregnant and bear a son;
They will name him Immanuel (Hebrew for “God is with us”).

24-25 Then Joseph woke up. He did exactly what God’s angel commanded in the dream: He married Mary. But he did not consummate the marriage until she had the baby. He named the baby Jesus.

Luke 1:46-55    The Message (MSG)

46-55 And Mary said,

I’m bursting with God-news;
    I’m dancing the song of my Savior God.
God took one good look at me, and look what happened—
    I’m the most fortunate woman on earth!
What God has done for me will never be forgotten,
    the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others.
His mercy flows in wave after wave
    on those who are in awe before him.
He bared his arm and showed his strength,
    scattered the bluffing braggarts.
He knocked tyrants off their high horses,
    pulled victims out of the mud.
The starving poor sat down to a banquet;
    the callous rich were left out in the cold.
He embraced his chosen child, Israel;
    he remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high.
It’s exactly what he promised,
    beginning with Abraham and right up to now.

The Message (MSG)

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