Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (ESV)
The Birth of Jesus Christ
 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.  And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.  But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”  All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”
(which means, God with us). (ESV)
Call to Worship
 The LORD swore to David a sure oath
from which he will not turn back:
“One of the sons of your body
I will set on your throne.
 If your sons keep my covenant
and my testimonies that I shall teach them,
their sons also forever
shall sit on your throne.”
 For the LORD has chosen Zion;
he has desired it for his dwelling place:
 “This is my resting place forever;
here I will dwell, for I have desired it.
 I will abundantly bless her provisions;
I will satisfy her poor with bread.
 Her priests I will clothe with salvation,
and her saints will shout for joy.
 There I will make a horn to sprout for David;
I have prepared a lamp for my anointed.
 His enemies I will clothe with shame,
but on him his crown will shine.” (ESV)
Prayer of Confession
Gracious Lord, you alone are righteous and holy, and in your presence, no one can stand. Your gracious mercy is our only hope and we ask for your forgiveness. We pray for your cleansing touch to wash away our corruption, clothe us in righteousness, and for your hands to rework our lives anew. We pray these things in Jesus Christ's holy name. Amen.
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