Sermons 12/18/2021

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Baker Heights Church of Christ, 5382 Texas Ave.

Services: 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday worship. Bible classes 9 a.m. Sunday.

Speaker: (a.m.) Monty Tuttle, with Eastern European Missions; (p.m.) Larry Sullivan

Topic: (a.m.) "A great cloud of witnesses"; (p.m.) "Samson, the strongest weak man"

Synopsis: (a.m.) Hebrews 12:1-3. Many of us have experienced the excitement of being in a large stadium for some sporting event. Imagine for a moment the Olympic marathon. As the runners approach the end of the race, they enter the stadium. The crowd jumps to its feet and screams in excitement as each runner enters the stadium and finishes the race. The Hebrew writer uses that picture to encourage Christians in their “race.” (p.m.) 1 Peter 4:7-11, Isaiah 12:2.

Belmont Baptist Church, 2117 Palm St.

Services: 10:45 a.m. Sunday worship. 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve service. Services also available via Facebook, YouTube and belmontbaptistchurch.net.

Speaker: Jimmy Griffith

Topic: "Catching Christmas"

Synopsis: Luke 2:25-35. Christmas time is an exciting time for many people. How can we avoid having the let down after Christmas? Simeon's story helps us learn how we can catch Christmas and keep it a part of our life year round? We need to share the good news with others, seek to live the Christian life daily, and be willing to pay the price that is asked of us.

Clearfork Baptist Church, 14116 Highway 277, Hawley

Services: 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Also available online via Facebook

Speaker: Bro. Dan Carpenter

Topic: "Advent III: When Heaven Came Down"

Synopsis: Luke 2:8-14. I don’t believe there is any way we can humanly imagine the wonder of that night when Jesus – the Son of God – made His entrance into the world He created. On that first Christmas night – under the darkness of heaven’s skies – Jesus, the Lord and King – chose to enter into the domain of the world He created.

Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, S. Seventh St. at Meander, east of Sayles Boulevard

Services: 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday Holy Communion inside, Swahili inside worship at 1 p.m. Livestream at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at heavenlyrestabilene.org, 5 p.m. Requiem for All Souls. Christmas Eve: 4 p.m. Holy Communion inside, 6 p.m. Lessons & Carols, 10 p.m. Candlelight Holy Communion, also livestreamed.

Speaker: (Sunday) Rev. Corrie Cabes. (Christmas Eve) Rev. David Romanik, 4 p.m.; Rev. Corrie Cabes, 10 p.m.

Topic: "The Fourth Sunday of Advent"

Synopsis: (Sunday) Luke 1:39-55. The Gospel tells of Mary's visit to her kinswoman Elizabeth, and this humble woman's song of thanksgiving to the savior God who has called her to be the mother of the Lord. (Christmas Eve) Luke 2:1-20. Our Gospel tells how the shepherds, after the angelic vision that announced Jesus' birth, come to Bethlehem to see the promised child for themselves.

Grace Lutheran Church, 1202 S. Pioneer Drive

Services: 10 a.m. Sunday

Speaker: Emelie Clements, SAWL

Synopsis: Cradle and cross are inextricably connected on the fourth Sunday of Advent. Between a lovely tribute to the little town of Bethlehem and Mary’s magnificent song of praise, the letter to the Hebrews reminds us in no uncertain terms that Christ’s advent is for “the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” It is the kind of tension in which the church always lives as when in holy communion — with high delight — “we proclaim the Lord’s death.”

Grace United Methodist Church, 1402 Grape St.

Services: 9 a.m. Sunday

Speaker: Sue Reames

Topic: "I Need Patience; I Need It Now"

Synopsis: Patience grows thin as we approach Christmas. We lose patience with loved ones, with the world at large, with ourselves and with God. Can we survive this loss of willingness to wait for celebration? Shall we disengage from everything or shall we wait actively?

North Fifth and Grape Street Church of Christ, 433 Grape St.

Services: 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. Bible classes 9 a.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Speaker: (a.m.) Kris Sutton, (p.m.) Charles Ivie

Topic: (a.m.) "Contentment: Our People" (p.m.) "Entering the church"

Synopsis: (a.m.) 2 Corinthians 12:9-10. (p.m.) We know that some were added to the church by the Lord (Acts 2:47). We know they had obeyed since Christ is the author of eternal salvation to those who obey (Hebrews 5:8-9). We want to look at the church with no preconceived ideas and see some things concerning this church that Christ died for.

Oldham Lane Church of Christ, 5049 Oldham Lane

Services: 8:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. Bible class 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Bible study 7 p.m. Wednesday. Life in the Light television program 10 a.m. every Sunday on KTAB. Livestreaming 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. services at olcoc.com/live.

Topic: "Manger Things — Blue Christmas"

Synopsis: For to us, a child is born. God has given you and me a gift. It’s a gift of rescue and a gift of hope. It’s a gift of peace. A day is coming when there will be no more enemies and, thus, no more grief, no more sorrow, no more loneliness.

Wylie Baptist Church, 6097 Buffalo Gap Road

Services: 8 and 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday; also available online via Facebook Live

Speaker: Pastor Mike Harkrider

Topic: "Immanuel, God With Us!"

Synopsis: Matthew 1:21-23. "What is the greatest gift you have received at Christmas?" Some might say a new car, or a child who was born on Christmas Day, their daughter or son coming home from military service, some might say $1 million. The greatest gift is Jesus — God with us!

This article originally appeared on Abilene Reporter-News: Sermons 12/18/2021

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