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Preparing for the Gathering - Matt. 1:18-25

Christmas Eve event

Prepare your heart for our Sunday Morning Gathering by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together.

You will find tangible suggestions for putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body, links to the songs we will sing, and lyrics for you to prepare for our corporate singing.

Please see the Preparing for the Sermon post for suggestions in thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday.

Intentionally Act

  • Think through how you would explain the birth of Jesus to an unbelieving friend, family member, or co-worker using this passage. Pray that God would give you the desire and opportunity to share the truth contained here.
  • Think through how you could use this passage to encourage a discouraged brother or sister in Christ. Look for an opportunity to engage that person with the hope contained in this passage.
  • Pray that the Lord would soften your heart and the hearts of others to truths already known, like the Christmas story. Pray that God would give us fresh insight and zeal to pursue humble obedience to our Savior.
  • Pray that God would use the preaching of his Word to save and sanctify this Christmas season.
  • Click the links below to find the lyrics and recordings of the songs planned for our gathering this Sunday; practice the songs, study the lyrics and sing together.
  • Pray for those leading our corporate gathering this week and for the Holy Spirit’s work as the Word of God is further explained and applied: Dawson Bryant: music; Sam Karl: Elders' prayer & scripture reading; Bret Capranica: teaching.

Songs for Sunday


Lyrics Morning Gathering - December 22, 2019 by Summit Woods Baptist Church on Scribd