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Online Worship Service At Internet Church Of Christ
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For Week Of Sunday, December 25, 2005
Featuring The Topic, "Christ Is Born!"




"For unto you is born this day in the city of David
a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." - Luke 2:11
(KJV)






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Welcome

Welcome to the online worship service at Internet Church Of Christ. Here is a good place to worship our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. You are invited and are welcome at any time. Blessings to you in Him.

Opening Hymn

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" - The song as we know it is based on an original poem by Charles Wesley, altered by George Whitefield in 1753; music by Mendelssohn, arranged by William H. Cummings, with MIDI sequence by Rev. Bill McGinnis, attempting to present the classic Cummings arrangement

MIDI music file at http://www.patriot.net/users/bmcgin/harka.mid

HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING - by Charles Wesley, 1743,
         altered by George Whitefield, 1753, Public Domain
  
   
   
                Hark! the herald angels sing,
                "Glory to the new-born King;
                Peace on earth, and mercy mild;
                God and sinners reconciled."
                Joyful, all ye nations rise,
                Join the triumph of the skies;
                With th'angelic host proclaim,
                "Christ is born in Bethlehem!"
                   Hark! the herald angels sing,
                   Glory to the new-born King!"
   
                Christ, by highest heav'n adored,
                Christ, the everlasting Lord,
                Come, Desire of Nations, come,
                Fix in us Thy humble home.
                Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
                Hail th' Incarnate Deity!
                Pleased as man with men to dwell,
                Jesus our Immanuel!
                   Hark! the herald angels sing,
                   Glory to the new-born King!"
   
                Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace!
                Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
                Light and life to all He brings,
                Ris'n with healing in His wings;
                Mild He lays His glory by,
                Born that man no more may die,
                Born to raise the sons of earth,
                Born to give them second birth.
                   Hark! the herald angels sing,
                   "Glory to the new-born King!"
                                Amen.
   

MIDI music file at http://www.patriot.net/users/bmcgin/harka.mid

More like this at Christmusic.ws

For more Christmas carols, please go to http://www.loveallpeople.org/christmas_carols.html

Invocation

                 O Lord, we know that You are everywhere,
                 And nothing happens that You cannot see,
                 But even so, we pray that You will come
                 And join with us directly at this time.
                 We now will offer up our praise to You,
                 And we do much desire to have You here.
                 In Jesus' holy name we pray, Amen.

Declaration Of Faith

The Apostles' Creed
   This historic affirmation of faith comes to us from the early
   centuries of the Christian church.
      I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
      Maker of heaven and earth:
      And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord;
      Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost;
      Born of the Virgin Mary,
      Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
      Was crucified, dead, and buried;
      He descended into hell;
      The third day he rose again from the dead;
      He ascended into heaven
      And sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
      From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
      I believe in the Holy Ghost;
      The holy catholic church;     *
      The communion of saints;
      The forgiveness of sins;
      The resurrection of the body;
      And the life everlasting.
                             Amen.
                * Note: "catholic church" here means the entire body of
                  believers in Christ, not just one particular church.


Reading Of The Scriptures

The Birth Of Jesus

As told in the Bible, Luke 2:1-20 (KJCNT)
   2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree
   from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.
   
   2:2 (And this registration was first made when Cyrenius was governor
   of Syria.)
   
   2:3 And all went to be registered, every one into his own city.
   
   2:4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth,
   into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem;
   (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
   
   2:5 To be registered with Mary his espoused wife, being great with
   child.
   
   2:6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were
   accomplished that she should be delivered.
   
   2:7 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.
   
   2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field,
   keeping watch over their flock by night.
   
   2:9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of
   the Lord shone round about them: and they were intensely afraid.
   
   2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you
   good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
   
   2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour,
   which is Christ the Lord.
   
   2:12 And this shall be a sign unto you; You shall find the babe
   wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
   
   2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly
   host praising God, and saying,
   
   2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward
   men.
   
   2:15 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
   has made known unto us.
   
   2:16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the
   babe lying in a manger.
   
   2:17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying
   which was told them concerning this child.
   
   2:18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were
   told them by the shepherds.
   
   2:19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
   
   2:20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all
   the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
     Source: King James Bible, Clarified New Testament (KJCNT)
     Other Bible versions are almost identical   

Opposing Torture In The World

We propose that Congress adopt these words as the official torture policy of the United States Of America:

"We Oppose Torture Everywhere, In Every Case, In Any Form, For Any Reason. And We Prohibit The Use Of Torture By All Branches Of The United States Government And By All Entities Acting By Authority Of The United States Of America, Under Penalty Of Law."

Here are our reasons:

Torture is totally wrong, completely against the will of God. It is the exact opposite of God's one law for everyone, which is "Love all people as yourself." (See http://www.loveallpeople.org/godsonelaw.html)

Torture grossly violates the Golden Rule, "Treat others as you would like to be treated," which is the almost-universal ethical standard for the world. (See http://www.loveallpeople.org/golden.html)

Moreover, torture of prisoners is a bad way to get true information because people will tell you anything you want to hear, just to stop the pain. Then, you take action based on false information, and the result is worse than if you had done nothing. (This fact demolishes the so-called "Ticking Bomb" justification for torture.)

Furthermore, "If we torture theirs, they will surely torture ours." So our guiding principle should be, "Don't do to their people what we don't want done to our people." (Note: this principle also applies to bombing and to all other hostile activities.)

Also, once you open the door to torture, for any reason, you invite a horde of other unexpected depraved activities to occur, such as the sado-sexual crimes at Abu Ghraib and other places. (See http://www.google.com/search?q=Abu+Ghraib)

We should also recognize the fact that some people desire to torture others simply to inflict pain, either for revenge or for sick sexual thrills, as in Abu Ghraib. For them, "obtaining information" is just an excuse to torture.

Finally, it is completely against hundreds of years of American policy and tradition. We are supposed to be the good guys. We must not follow the brutal example set by some other people. Torture must always be unacceptable for us, in every case.

(For more details please see => www.loveallpeople.org/anti-torture.html)

Blessings to you. May God help us all.

    Rev. Bill McGinnis
    
       Director - www.LoveAllPeople.org
       Pastor - www.InternetChurchOfChrist.org
       Editor - www.AmericanDemocrat.net
   
    bmcgin@patriot.net

An Anti-War Poem At Christmas

"I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day"

I HEARD THE BELLS ON CHRISTMAS DAY - by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1863
                                            Public Domain
    (Written December, 1863, during the middle of the American Civil 
War, as Longfellow was caring for his son Charles, a Union officer, who 
had been seriously wounded at the battle of New Hope Church, Virginia.)
   
These are the original lyrics. Original name was "Christmas 
Bells."
I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men! 
And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men! 
Till, ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men! 
Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men! 
It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men! 
And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth," I said,
"For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men!" 
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep;
God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!
 
Source: http://suvcw.org/mollus/art005.htm

For the later revised lyrics, please see HREF="http://www.patriot.net/users/bmcgin/hymiheardthebells.txt"

For MIDI music, please click => http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/ Hymns_and_Carols/MIDI/Waltham_-_Calkin.mid

Guest Hymn From Another Website

"I Wonder As I Wander"

http://www.always-safe.com/wonder.htm

Exhortation

"Submit Yourself Completely To His Will"

                 Submit yourself completely to His will,
                 And hold back nothing from your gift to Him.
                 For He wants all of you, not merely part,
                 And He will be content with nothing less.
                 You must submit to something in this world:
                 If nothing else, you must submit to death,
                 So do not think you ever can prevail.
                 Then why not go as high as you can go?
                 Submit yourself to God, and you will find
                 A total joy that lasts forevermore.
                                        by William McGinnis
                                        Public Domain

Prayer For You

"Go Ahead And Give Yourself To Christ"

NOTE:  When you read this prayer, try to imagine hearing my voice as I
       speak it to you.  In this way, the prayer is reactivated, and it 
       the same as if I were actually praying for you at that moment. 
       (Just like television prayers are reactivated when you watch 
       them, although the videotape may have been shot years before.)
 
              
           
                Perhaps you are a Christian even now,
                You go to church and try to do your best,
                You try to put His teachings in your life,
                But still you do not feel that He is yours.
                You do not feel the closeness that you crave.
                If this is you, then say this prayer with me:
                     *             *             *
                O Lord, I want you closer in my life,
                I want you more to be a part of me.
                I want the best relationship with you,
                That anyone on earth could ever have.
                I know that, "as we give, we shall receive,"
                And so I now do give myself to you,
                In full completeness, holding nothing back.
                I'm yours, so you may use me as you will,
                And take whatever things you want from me.
                And now that I did give myself to you,
                I pray that you will give yourself to me,
                As bridegroom gives himself to his new bride.
                In Jesus' holy name I pray, Amen.
                                        by William McGinnis
                                        Public Domain

Holy Communion

A ceremony for Holy Communion is available to you HERE! - http://patriot.net/~bmcgin/pearl-holycommunion.html

If you are alone, you will needed to be both "Leader" and "Assembly," as described in the ceremony.

How To Find A Real, Live Church

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Closing Hymn

"Away In A Manger"

Words in verses 1 and 2 are by an unknown author, verse 3 by John Thomas McFarland; Music by William J. Kirkpatrick - Public Domain. MIDI file sequenced by Bill McGinnis from a published Public Domain arrangement. Public Domain.

Click HERE to start the music => http://www.loveallpeople.org/awayb.mid

AWAY IN A MANGER - Public Domain
  Verses 1 and 2 are anonymously written. Verse 3 is by John Thomas
  McFarland
    
    
     Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
     The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head;
     The stars in the bright sky looked down where He lay,
     The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.
     
     
     The cattle are lowing, the Baby awakes,
     But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes;
     I love Thee, Lord Jesus! look down from the sky,
     And stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.
     
     
     Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay
     Close by me forever, and love me, I pray;
     Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care,
     And fit us to heaven, to live with Thee there.
     

Benediction

    _____________________________________________________________
       
      "Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in
       all ways. The Lord be with you all." (2 Thessalonians 3:16 RSV)
         _____________________________________________________________

Blessings to you in Jesus Christ our Lord!

This worship service is now completed. Go in peace.

* * *

Rev. Bill McGinnis

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