A Christmas Carol | A Hope of Substance | Pastor Jeremey King

Pastor Jeremey King

December 22, 2019

Reading — Luke 2:8–19

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 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 that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” 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. 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.

Confession — Jesus, you came into the world to bring us hope for the future and for today. We confess that we let the worries and concerns of our lives cloud our vision of your hope. We have not shared it as you have invited us.  We have not lived it out as an example of your love. Forgives us. We ask you to clear our hearts and fill us so full of you hope that we can’t help but express it to the world. Amen.

Questions —

  • Describe a time in your life when you have been hopeful. 
  • How do you usually respond when you feel hopeless?
  • Read Romans 15:12-13. Where are we to find hope, and what comes along with it?
  • When you are struggling, what or who helps point you back to the “God of Hope?” 
  • Read Luke 2:8-19. Mary “treasured up” what the shepherd shared with her. What experiences have you treasured up in your heart that encourage you to have hope?