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The Birth of Jesus
The Birth of Jesus

Luke 2:1-52

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a de­cree from Cæsar Au­gus­tus, that all the world should be taxed.
2 (And this tax­ing was first made when Cyre­nius was gov­er­nor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judæa, unto the city of David, which is called Beth­le­hem; (be­cause he was of the house and lin­eage of David:)
5 To be taxed with Mary his es­poused wife, being great with child.
6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were ac­com­plished that she should be de­liv­ered.
7 And she brought forth her first­born son, and wrapped him in swad­dling clothes, and laid him in a manger; be­cause there was no room for them in the inn.
8 And there were in the same coun­try shep­herds abid­ing in the field, keep­ing watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, be­hold, I bring you good tid­ings of great joy, which shall be to all peo­ple.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swad­dling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And sud­den­ly there was with the angel a mul­ti­tude of the heav­en­ly host prais­ing God, and say­ing,
14 Glory to God in the high­est, and on earth peace, good will to­ward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the an­gels were gone away from them into heav­en, the shep­herds said one to an­oth­er, Let us now go even unto Beth­le­hem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the say­ing which was told them con­cern­ing this child.
18 And all they that heard it won­dered at those things which were told them by the shep­herds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pon­dered them in her heart.
20 And the shep­herds re­turned, glo­ri­fy­ing and prais­ing God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
21 And when eight days were ac­com­plished for the cir­cum­cis­ing of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel be­fore he was con­ceived in the womb.
22 And when the days of her pu­rifi­ca­tion ac­cord­ing to the law of Moses were ac­com­plished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to pre­sent him to the Lord;
23 (As it is writ­ten in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)
24 And to offer a sac­ri­fice ac­cord­ing to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of tur­tle­doves, or two young pi­geons.
25 And, be­hold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Sime­on; and the same man was just and de­vout, wait­ing for the con­so­la­tion of Is­rael: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
26 And it was re­vealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, be­fore he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
27 And he came by the Spir­it into the tem­ple: and when the par­ents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the cus­tom of the law,
28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,
29 Lord, now lettest thou thy ser­vant de­part in peace, ac­cord­ing to thy word:
30 For mine eyes have seen thy sal­va­tion,
31 Which thou hast pre­pared be­fore the face of all peo­ple;
32 A light to light­en the Gen­tiles, and the glory of thy peo­ple Is­rael.
33 And Joseph and his moth­er mar­velled at those things which were spo­ken of him.
34 And Sime­on blessed them, and said unto Mary his moth­er, Be­hold, this child is set for the fall and ris­ing again of many in Is­rael; and for a sign which shall be spo­ken against;
35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be re­vealed.
36 And there was one Anna, a prophet­ess, the daugh­ter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an hus­band seven years from her vir­gin­i­ty;
37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which de­part­ed not from the tem­ple, but served God with fast­ings and prayers night and day.
38 And she com­ing in that in­stant gave thanks like­wise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for re­demp­tion in Jerusalem.
39 And when they had per­formed all things ac­cord­ing to the law of the Lord, they re­turned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.
40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spir­it, filled with wis­dom: and the grace of God was upon him.
41 Now his par­ents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.
42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the cus­tom of the feast.
43 And when they had ful­filled the days, as they re­turned, the child Jesus tar­ried be­hind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his moth­er knew not of it.
44 But they, sup­pos­ing him to have been in the com­pa­ny, went a day’s jour­ney; and they sought him among their kins­folk and ac­quain­tance.
45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seek­ing him.
46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the tem­ple, sit­ting in the midst of the doc­tors, both hear­ing them, and ask­ing them ques­tions.
47 And all that heard him were as­ton­ished at his un­der­stand­ing and an­swers.
48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his moth­er said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? be­hold, thy fa­ther and I have sought thee sor­row­ing.
49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Fa­ther’s busi­ness?
50 And they un­der­stood not the say­ing which he spake unto them.
51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was sub­ject unto them: but his moth­er kept all these say­ings in her heart.
52 And Jesus in­creased in wis­dom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

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January 2018

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday -- January 14, 2018

(Actual Date: January 15, 2018)

Church Council Meeting -- January 27,  2018  at 10:00 a.m.

Youth and Children Leadership in Action -- January 28, 20178  at 11:00 a.m.

Re-Dedication of Workers -- January 14, 2018  at 12:30 p.m.

February 2018

Black History Celebration -- Month of February 2018

Church Council Meeting -- February 24, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

Youth and Children Leadership in Action -- February 25, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

March 2018

Loyalty Day -- March 11, 2018  at 2:30 p.m.

Palm Sunday -- March 20,  2018

Youth/Children Revival -- March 21 - 23, 2018  at 7:00 p.m. each evening

Good Friday -- March 30, 2018

Church Council Meeting -- March 31, 2018 

(The Lord's Supper will be served) During the Ressurection Worship

Youth and Children Leadership in Action -- March 27, 2017 at 6:30 a.m. ??

April 2018

Easter/Resurrection Sunday (Sunrise Services)  -- April 1, 2018 at 6:00 a.m.

Senior Citizen Recognition Day -- April 8, 2018  at 12:30 a.m.

Senior Mission's Anniversary -- April 10, 2018  (Tuesday)  at 7:00 p.m.

Church Council Meeting -- April 28, 2018  (Saturday) at 10:00 a.m.

Youth and Children Leadership in Action -- April 29, 2018  at 11:00 a.m.

Pastor's Aide Fellowship  -- April 29, 2018 at  2:30 p.m.

May 2018

Mother's Day Recognition -- May 13, 2018

Women's Day Fellowship -- May  20, 2018  at 2:30 p.m.

Youth and Children Leadership in Action -- May 27, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

Church Council Meeting -- May 26, 2018   (Saturday) at 10:00 a.m.

June 2018

Annual Church Luncheon -- June 10,  2018  at 2:00 p.m. (Optional)

VBS --  Monday thru Friday -- June 11 - 15, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

VBS Fellowship -- June 16, 2018  10:00 a.m.  (Optional)

Father's Day Recognition -- June 17, 2018

Church Council Meeting -- June 30, 2018   (Saturday) at 10:00 a.m.

Youth and Children Leadership in Action -- June 24, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

Men's Day Program Fellowship  -- June 24, 2018  at 2:30 p.m.

July 2018

Annual Choir Musical Fellowship -- July 15, 2018  at 2:30 p.m.

Church Council Meeting -- July 28, 2018  (Saturday) at 10:00 a.m.

Youth and Children Leadeship in Action -- July 22, 2018  at 11:00 a.m.

Pastor's Aide Program Fellowship -- July 29, 2018  at 2:30 p.m.

August 2018

Church Council Meeting -- August 25, 2018  (Saturday) at 10:00 a.m.

Church Anniversary, Family and Friends Day Fellowship -- August 20, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.

Youth and Children Leadership in Action -- August 26, 2018  at 11:00 a.m.

September 2018

Grandparents Recognition Day -- September 9, 2018

Senior Mission's State and Bench Rally Fellowship -- (Tuesday)  September 11, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Annual Useher's Day Fellowship -- September 16, 2018  at 2:30 p.m.

Night Sunday School -- Thursday_September 20, 2018  at 7:00 p.m.

Youth and Children Leadership In Action -- September 23, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

Youth and Children Round-Up Fellowship -- September 23, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.

Church Council Meeting -- September 29, 2018  (Saturday) at 10:00 a.m.

October 2018

Annual Fall Revival -- October 24 - 26, 2018  at 7:00 p.m. each evening

Church Council Meeting -- October 27, 2018  (Saturday) at 10:00 a.m.

Youth and Children Leadership In Action -- October 28, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

Annual Musician's Appreciation Day Fellowship -- October 28, 2018  at 2:30 p.m.

November 2018

Annual Church Anniversary/Homecoming/Family and Friends Fellowship Day -- November 11, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.

Feeding of the Needy -- November 17, 2018  at 9:00 a.m.

Thanksgiving Day -- November 22, 2018

Church Council Meeting -- November 22, 2018  (Saturday) at 10:00 a.m.

Youth and Children Leadership in Action -- November 25, 2018  at 11:00 a.m.

December 2018

Deacon's Anniversary Fellowship -- December 9, 2018  at 2:30 p.m

Youth and Children Leadership in Action -- December 23, 2018  at 11:00 a.m.

Christmas Day Fellowship -- December 23, 2018

Acutal Christmas Day -- December 25, 2018 -- (Tuesday)