Jesus' Birth Revealed to Shepherds December 17, 2022
"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. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.’" Luke 2:8-10
I think it’s incredible that the birth of Jesus was revealed to shepherds! At the time of Jesus' birth, so many amazing men and women of God were available to reveal Jesus’ impending arrival. Some were great rabbis and sages who wrote the Talmud, including Hillel, a Jewish scholar. He was a foremost master of biblical commentary and interpreter of Jewish tradition. There were also many high priests of the temple around...
This week, on this fourth Sunday of Advent, Pastor Bobby encourages you to find a way to adore the Lord and watch how over time this will bring the kind of joy you need to get through the bad news in life with today’s message, “Venite Adoremus.” Special music is provided by Sam Capella. Sam is a California native born in Los Angeles and raised in Fontana, California. He studied voice at Riverside City College and Cal State University, Long Beach. Sam is currently a member of Pacific Chorale, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Tonality, and the Hour of Power Choir. Today, he performs “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," accompanied by the Hour of Power Orchestra, directed by Dr. Marc Riley. Finally, directed by Dr. Irene Messoloras, the Hour of Power Choir performs “Breath of Heaven," along with soloist Laura Dickinson, "O Holy Night," along with soloist Erin Wood, and "Brightest and Best," sung by the Hour of Power Choir men. They are accompanied by Zach DeChance on piano and Dr. Marc Riley and the Hour of Power Orchestra. Join us also for an opening hymn, "Good Christians, All Rejoice." We hope you will join us for this hour of encouragement and inspiration as you enter into this holiday season, celebrating the birth of Jesus! Remember as always, God loves you and so do we!
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