December 13, 2017

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Outer Banks Presbyterian Church

The Rev. Dr. Jody Moore

Sermons for December 2017


December 3 (1st Sunday of Advent): 2nd Peter 3:8-15a.  We worship a Savior who came into the world 2,000 years ago, yet 2nd Peter tells us that for God “a thousand years are like one day.”  When will God’s plans be brought into fulfillment?  Peter tells us that we do not know the details of God’s plans, for the Lord will come like a thief in the night. How then should we prepare for Christ?  Peter explains that we should strive for righteousness and peace.  We will light the candle of Hope on the Advent Wreath.


December 10 (2nd Sunday of Advent): Isaiah 40:1-11.  The great prophet Isaiah offers comfort to his people who have suffered greatly under the Babylonian exile.  Isaiah’s words anticipate the coming of John the Baptist and the Messiah.  We find our deliverance and hope in the one whose birth we await this Advent season. We will light the candle of Peace on the Advent Wreath.  


December 17 (3rd Sunday of Advent): John 1:6-8, 19-28.  John the Baptist is the great forerunner of Jesus pointing us to the true light that came into the world. John prepared the people for Jesus’ arrival.  How can John’s words about baptism and repentance encourage us to meet Jesus today?  We will light the candle of Joy on the Advent Wreath.


December 24 (4th Sunday of Advent) at 10:00 am: Luke 2:1-7.  Luke tells the story of Joseph and Mary traveling to Bethlehem, where Jesus was born in a simple manger because there was no room for his parents in the inn.  We see the depths of God’s love for us in Jesus Christ coming to this world as a vulnerable and precious baby boy.  We will light the candle of Love on the Advent Wreath.  


December 24 (Christmas Eve Service) at 5:00 pm: Matthew 2:1-12.  We will hear the Christmas story, which tells of Jesus being born in Bethlehem.  The wise men hear of Jesus’ birth and travel a great distance to bring precious gifts to their king.  What can we offer to our Lord and Savior this Christmas?  We will participate in singing the great carols of the faith and in a candlelighting service.  

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