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From Pastor Mark Gardner
  The Birth of JesusLuke 2:1-20 (The Message)1-5 About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire. This was the first census when Quinines was governor of Syria. Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted for. So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David’s town, for the census. As a descendant of David, he had to go there. He went with Mary, his fiancée, who was pregnant.6-7 While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel.8-12 There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.”13-14 At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises:Glory to God in the heavenly heights,
Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.
15-18 As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.19-20 Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told!  May You and Your Family Have aBlessed Merry Christmas    Ridgetop Baptist Church:  “A Shepherding Ministry”Mark Gardner, Pastor / Kristen Thomas, Music Leader Office:  512.451.1607 / Cell:  512.921.8852Email:  ridgetopbaptistchurch@yahoo.com Welcome to Our Morning WorshipDecember 22, 2013“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them.
He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David
(as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us—
to show mercy to our ancestors and to remember his holy covenant,
the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
    and to enable us to serve him without fear
in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
Luke 1:68-75 (Zechariah’s Song) Prelude                                                                                                 Ila Flournoy Announcements and Welcome                                                           Pastor Mark Hymn of Praise“Joy to the World!  The Lord Is Come”                                                                87                                                                                                                                                                       Hymn of Commitment“Angels We Have Heard on High”                                                      100 Scripture and Pastoral Prayer                                                           Pastor Mark                                                                                                                Hymn of Assurance“Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”                                                             77                                                       Hymn of Reflection                            “What Child Is This”                                                                                   118                                                                                                                                Offertory Prayer                                                               Dedication of Tithes and Offerings                                         Ila Flournoy Sermon                                                          Pastor Mark and the Children“An Inn Keeper’s Story”                                                          Luke 2:1-20                                                            Special Songs of Worship“Away in a Manger”                                                              The Children“Mary, Did You Know”                                                                      June Gardner Hymn of Benediction“Silent Night, Holy Night”                                                                        91                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Prayer of BlessingWelcome GuestsThank you for choosing to worship with us today.  Please take a moment to fill out a guest card (located in the pews) and place it in the offering plate or hand to the pastor.  We are here to minister and would appreciate an opportunity to meet with you in the near future. Opportunities for Fellowship, Ministry and DiscipleshipSunday – December 22, 2013 Bible Study – 9:45 a.m.Worship – 11:00 a.m.A Christmas Celebration – 6:00 p.m. A Christmas CelebrationJoin Us Tonight, December 22, at 6:00 p.m.for a special Christmas Celebration and Christmas Fellowship Please bring your favorite Christmas snack!For those who would like to go Christmas caroling,we will go caroling at 6:00 and return for fellowship and snacks.For those who don’t go caroling, you can enjoy the fellowship.  God Bless Your ChristmasTo the family at Ridgetop, God Bless you all.“May your hearts be filled with God’s pure joy…your gatherings with laughter;May your home be warmed with His great loveat Christmas and long after.”Hope to see you all around Feb. 2014.  Thank you for your letters and card.Yours Always, Richard Franklin“Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.”  Jude 1:2 NIV From Your Friends at MTECHOur entire organization joins in sendingSeason’s Greetingswith every good wish for the new year!   Totally His:  Heart, Hands, VoiceLottie Moon Christmas Prayer & Offering Emphasis for International MissionsSouthern Baptists, with their focus on missions, have always emphasized taking the Good News of Jesus to those who have never heard.  Today, nearly 4,900 missionaries sent out through the International Mission Board (IMB) are sharing their faith around the world.  You are an integral part of this through your prayings and giving.  Please use the prayer guides and special giving envelopes.  You may give through Sunday December 29!
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 Mark Gardner, Pastor                                                   Cell #:  (512) 921-8852708 East 51st St.   Austin, TX 78751                           Office #:  (512) 451-1607Church Email:                                           ridgetopbaptistchurch@yahoo.com

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