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Summary: WHEN WE DISCOVER OUR LIFE MATTERS EVERYTHING CHANGES. A Christmas Eve Service and Message

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12/24 It's A Wonderful Life Because We Matter

Video -- Christmas Eve

Start 2:05:01 "Come on Come on" Mary pulling George down the stairs.

To "The End." 2:09:55

When George discovered his life mattered everything changed.

WHEN WE DISCOVER OUR LIFE MATTERS EVERYTHING CHANGES.

Luke 2:1-20

2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to his own town to register.

4 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.

Sing: O little town of Bethlehem

5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Sing: Away in a manger

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

Sing: While Shepherds Watched their Flocks by Night

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 "Glory to God in the highest,

and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

Sing: Angels We Have Heard on High

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.

Sing: What Child is This

17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Sing: Joy to the World

Devotional thoughts

11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

I. WE MATTERED ENOUGH FOR DIVINE TO BECOME HUMAN.

11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

II. WE MATTERED ENOUGH FOR THE SOVEREIGN TO BECOME A SERVANT.

11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

III. WE MATTERED ENOUGH FOR THE ETERNAL TO BECOME MORTAL AND DIE ON OUR BEHALF.

It's as Wonderful Life because Christmas Screams form the roof tops -- We Matter to God


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