Presentation on theme: "Hope in an unsatisfactory world: Light in darkness"— Presentation transcript:
1 Hope in an unsatisfactory world: Light in darkness We have hope, not because we suppress tragic realities,not because we have deceitful slogans which declare our problems to be unreal,We have hope because of a victory found in Christ crucified and risenand in this hope we seek and will find Christ in our unsatisfactory world.
2 Hope in an unsatisfactory world 1) Long time ago in Bethlehem So the holy bible sayMary's boy child Jesus Christ Was born on Christmas DayHark now hear the angels sing A new king born todayAnd we will live forevermore Because of Christmas DayTrumpets sound and angels sing Listen to what they sayThat we will live forevermore Because of Christmas Day2) While shepherds watch their flock by nightThey see a bright new shining starThen hear a choir sing The music seemed to come from afar3 Now Joseph and his wife MaryCome to Bethlehem that nightThen find no place to bear the childNot a single room was in sight4 By and by they find a little nookIn a stable all forlornAnd in a manger cold and darkMary's little boy was bornHope in an unsatisfactory world
3 Hope in an unsatisfactory world Isaiah 9:2,6,7The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.Hope in an unsatisfactory worldFor to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and for ever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
4 Hope in an unsatisfactory world 1 Once, in royal David’s city, Stood a lowly cattle shed,Where a mother laid her baby In a manger for His bed.Mary was that mother mild, Jesus Christ, her little child.2 He came down to earth from heaven, Who is God and Lord of all,And His shelter was a stable, And His cradle was a stall:With the poor and meek & lowly Lived on earth our Saviour holy.3 And through all His wondrous childhood He would honour and obey,Love and watch the lowly mother In whose gentle arms He lay.Christian children all should be Mild, obedient, good as He.4 For He is our childhood’s pattern: Day by day like us He grew;He was little, weak and helpless; Tears and smiles like us He knew:And He feeleth for our sadness, And He shareth in our gladness.Hope in an unsatisfactory world
5 Hope in an unsatisfactory world And our eyes at last shall see Him Through His own redeeming love;For that child, so dear and gentle, Is our Lord in heaven above;And He leads His children on To the place where He is gone.Not in that poor lowly stable, With the oxen standing by,We shall see Him, but in heaven, Set at God’s right hand on high;When like stars His children crowned, All in white shall wait around.Hope in an unsatisfactory world
6 Hope in an unsatisfactory world War deaths inHope in an unsatisfactory worldSouth Sudanese Civil War 40,000Syrian Civil War 30,000Iraqi insurgency 13,460Central African Republic conflict 5,186War in North-West Pakistan 4,957War in Donbass (Ukraine) 4,707Afghan Civil War 3,188Libyan Civil War 2,595Israeli–Palestinian conflict 2,204Islamist insurgency in Nigeria 2,000War in Somalia 1,887Mexican Drug War 1,401
7 Hope in an unsatisfactory world A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him-- the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD-- and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears;but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.Isaiah 11:1-9He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash round his waist.Hope in an unsatisfactory world
13 The infant will play near the hole of the cobra and the young child put his hand into the viper's nest.
14 They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain
15 for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.
16 They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.South Sudanese Civil War 40,000Syrian Civil War 30,000Iraqi insurgency 13,460Central African Republic conflict 5,186War in North-West Pakistan 4,957War in Donbass (Ukraine) 4,707Afghan Civil War 3,188Libyan Civil War 2,595Israeli–Palestinian conflict 2,204Islamist insurgency in Nigeria 2,000War in Somalia 1,887Mexican Drug War 1,401Tear Fund – Peacemakers – politicians
17 Hope in an unsatisfactory world 1 Silent night, holy night! All is calm, all is bright.Round yon Virgin, Mother & Child. Holy infant so tender and mild,Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace2 Silent night, holy night! Shepherds quake at the sightGlories stream from heaven afar Heav'nly hosts sing Alleluia,Christ the Saviour is born! Christ the Saviour is born3 Silent night, holy night!Son of God love's pure light.Radiant beams from Thy holy faceWith the dawn of redeeming grace,Jesus Lord, at Thy birthSilent night, holy night! SleepHope in an unsatisfactory worldSwitch to noteworthy
19 One month later God sent the angel Gabriel to the town of Nazareth in Galilee with a message for a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to Joseph from the family of King David. The angel greeted Mary and said, "You are truly blessed! The Lord is with you."Luke 1:26-38Mary was confused by the angel's words and wondered what they meant. Then the angel told Mary, "Don't be afraid! God is pleased with you, and you will have a son. His name will be Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of God Most High. The Lord God will make him king, as his ancestor David was. He will rule the people of Israel forever, and his kingdom will never end."
20 Mary asked the angel, "How can this happen? I am not married!" The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come down to you, and God's power will come over you. So your child will be called the holy Son of God. Your relative Elizabeth is also going to have a son, even though she is old. No one thought she could ever have a baby, but in three months she will have a son. Nothing is impossible for God!"Mary said, "I am the Lord's servant! Let it happen as you have said." And the angel left her.
21 Hope in an unsatisfactory world 12 Mary, did you know 23 that your baby boy would one day walk on water?Mary, did you know 23 that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?3 Did you know 23 that your baby boy has come to make you new?234This Child that you delivered 34 will soon deliver you2 Mary, did you know 23 that your baby boy 4 will give sight to a blind man?Mary, did you know 23 that your baby boy 4 will calm a storm with his hand?3Did you know 23that your baby boy 4has walked where angels trod?23When you kiss your little Baby 3then you kissed the face of God8 -up4 The blind will see. The deaf will hear.The dead will live again. 34The lame will leap.The dumb will speak The praises of The Lamb5.4 Mary, did you know 23that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?Mary, did you know 23that your baby boy would one day rule the nations?3Did you know that your baby boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?34The sleeping Child you're holding is the Great23, the Great, I Am 2b+2b.OohHope in an unsatisfactory world
22 Hope in an unsatisfactory world Matthew 1:18-25This is how Jesus Christ was born. A young woman named Mary was engaged to Joseph from King David's family. But before they were married, she learned that she was going to have a baby by God's Holy Spirit. Joseph was a good man and did not want to embarrass Mary in front of everyone. So he decided to quietly call off the wedding. While Joseph was thinking about this, an angel from the Lord came to him in a dream. The angel said, "Joseph, the baby that Mary will have is from the Holy Spirit. Go ahead and marry her.
23 Then after her baby is born, name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." So the Lord's promise came true, just as the prophet had said, "A virgin will have a baby boy, and he will be called Immanuel," which means "God is with us."After Joseph woke up, he and Mary were soon married, just as the Lord's angel had told him to do. But they did not sleep together before her baby was born. Then Joseph named him Jesus.
24 Hope in an unsatisfactory world O come, all ye faithful,Joyful and triumphant,O come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem.Come and behold Him,Born the King of angels;O come, let us adore Him,Christ the Lord.Hope in an unsatisfactory world
25 God of God, Light of Light, Lo, he abhors not the Virgin's womb; Very God, Begotten, not created:
26 See how the shepherdsSummoned to his cradle,Leaving their flocks, draw nigh to gaze;We too will thitherBend our joyful footsteps:
27 Lo, star-led chieftains, Magi, Christ adoring,Offer him incense, gold, and myrrh;We to the Christ-childBring our hearts' oblations:
28 Child, for us sinners Poor and in the manger, Fain we embrace thee with love and awe;Who would not love thee, Loving us so dearly?
29 Sing, choirs of angels,Sing in exultation,Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above:'Glory to God In the highest:'
30 Hope in an unsatisfactory world About that time Emperor Augustus gave orders for the names of all the people to be listed in record books. These first records were made when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everyone had to go to their own hometown to be listed. So Joseph had to leave Nazareth in Galilee and go to Bethlehem in Judea. Long ago Bethlehem had been King David's hometown, and Joseph went there because he was from David's family.Mary was engaged to Joseph and travelled with him to Bethlehem. She was soon going to have a baby, and while they were there, she gave birth to her first-born son. She dressed him in baby clothes and laid him on a bed of hay, because there was no room for them in the inn.Luke 2:1-7Hope in an unsatisfactory world“The subversive power of obedience”
31 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 You, Lord Jesus! Look down from the sky And stay by my side until morning is nigh.Be near me, Lord Jesus: I ask You to stay Close by me forever and love me, I pray;Bless all the dear children in Your tender care, And fit us for heaven to live with You there..
32 Palestinian Christians in Bethlehem Hope in an unsatisfactory worldPalestinian Christians in Bethlehem
34 Hope in an unsatisfactory world 6b O Holy night, the stars are brightly shiningIt is the night of our dear Saviour's birth2341234Long lay the world in sin and error pining'Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth234A thrill of hope the weary world rejoicesFor yonder breaks a new and glorious mornFall23 on your knees234O hear23 the angel voices2 O ni2ght4 divine!23O night23 when Christ was born23 O night234 divine!23O night23, O night divine!2341234Fall23 on your knees234O hear23 the angel voi2ces4 O ni2ght4 divine!23O night23 when Christ was born23 O night234 divine23!O night23456, 1O night divine! 2bHope in an unsatisfactory world
35 Hope in an unsatisfactory world King HerodMatthew 2:1-15
36 When Jesus was born in the village of Bethlehem in Judea, Herod was king. During this time some wise men from the east came to Jerusalem and said, "Where is the child born to be king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him." When King Herod heard about this, he was worried, and so was everyone else in Jerusalem. Herod brought together the chief priests and the teachers of the Law of Moses and asked them, "Where will the Messiah be born?"
37 They told him, "He will be born in Bethlehem, just as the prophet wrote, 'Bethlehem in the land of Judea,you are very importantamong the towns of Judea.From your townwill come a leader,who will be like a shepherdfor my people Israel.' "Herod secretly called in the wise men and asked them when they had first seen the star. He told them, "Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, let me know. I want to go and worship him too."
38 The wise men listened to what the king said and then left The wise men listened to what the king said and then left. And the star they had seen in the east went on ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. They were thrilled and excited to see the star.When the men went into the house and saw the child with Mary, his mother, they knelt down and worshiped him. They took out their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh and gave them to him. Later they were warned in a dream not to return to Herod, and they went back home by another road.
39 Hope in an unsatisfactory world O little town of Bethlehem, How still we see thee lie!Above thy deep and dreamless sleep The silent stars go by.Yet in thy dark streets shineth The everlasting Light;The hopes and fears of all the years Are met in thee tonight.O morning stars, together Proclaim the holy birth,And praises sing to God the King, And peace to men on earth;For Christ is born of Mary, And gathered all above,While mortals sleep, the angels keep Their watch of wondering love.Hope in an unsatisfactory world
40 How silently, how silently The wondrous gift is given! So God imparts to human hearts The blessings of His heaven.No ear may hear His coming; But in this world of sin,Where meek souls will receive Him, still The dear Christ enters in.O Holy Child of Bethlehem, Descend to us, we pray;Cast out our sin, and enter in; Be born in us today.We hear the Christmas angels The great glad tidings tell;O come to us, abide with us, Our Lord Immanuel!
43 Hope in an unsatisfactory world We have hope, not because we suppress tragic realities,not because we have deceitful slogans which declare our problems to be unreal,We have hope because of a victory found in Christ crucified and risenand in this hope we seek and will find Christ in our unsatisfactory world.
44 In the beginning was the one who is called the Word.The Word was with Godand was truly God.From the very beginningthe Word was with God.And with this Word,God created all things.Nothing was madewithout the Word.Everything that was createdreceived its life from him,and his life gave lightto everyone.
45 The light keeps shining in the dark,and darkness has neverput it out.God sent a man named John,who came to tellabout the lightand to lead all peopleto have faith.John wasn't that light.He came only to tellabout the light.
46 The true light that shines on everyonewas coming into the world.The Word was in the world,but no one knew him,though God had made the worldwith his Word.He came into his own world,but his own nationdid not welcome him.Yet some people accepted himand put their faith in him.So he gave them the rightto be the children of God.
47 They were not God's children by natureor becauseof any human desires.God himself was the onewho made them his children.The Word becamea human beingand lived here with us.We saw his true glory,the glory of the only Sonof the Father.From him all the kindnessand all the truth of Godhave come down to us.
48 Hope in an unsatisfactory world 1 Joy to the world! the Lord has come;Let earth receive her King.Let every heart prepare Him room,And heaven and nature sing, And heaven and nature sing,And heaven, and heaven and nature sing!2 Joy to the earth! the Saviour reigns;Your sweetest songs employ.While fields and streams and hills and plainsRepeat the sounding joy, Repeat the sounding joy,Repeat, repeat the sounding joy!.Hope in an unsatisfactory world3 He rules the world with truth and grace,And makes the nations proveThe glories of His righteousness,The wonders of His love, The wonders of His love,The wonders, the wonders of His love.
49 Hope in an unsatisfactory world May the Wonderful CounsellorGuide you in any difficult decisionsMay the Mighty GodGive you strength when you feel weakMay the Everlasting FatherGive you compassion for those around youMay the Prince of PeaceBring peace to you and those you loveHope in an unsatisfactory world