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Song of Praise
Goodness of God
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Mile Square Kids
Read “He’s Here!" from The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones. Have the kids listen closely to the details of the story and then, recap the story by asking the questions below.
1. Who was the woman God chose to give birth to Jesus? Who did God send to tell her the happy news?
God chose Mary because he was very happy with her. Gabriel came to tell her the news.
2. What did Mary say to Gabriel after he told her the happy news?
Mary said, "Whatever God says, I will do."
3. What happened when Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem? Where was Jesus born?
Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem, but every room was full. Jesus was born in a tumbledown stable.
Genesis 18:1-15 and 21:1-7
And the Lord appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day. He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth and said, “O Lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree, while I bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.” And Abraham went quickly into the tent to Sarah and said, “Quick! Three seahs of fine flour! Knead it, and make cakes.” And Abraham ran to the herd and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to a young man, who prepared it quickly. Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them. And he stood by them under the tree while they ate.
They said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” And he said, “She is in the tent.” The Lord said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years. The way of women had ceased to be with Sarah. So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I am worn out, and my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?” The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.” But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid. He said, “No, but you did laugh.”
The Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised. And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him. Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore him, Isaac. And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. And Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh over me.” And she said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”
Reader: This is the Word of the Lord.
Microchurch: Thanks be to God.
What about the reading stood out to you? What was one thing that challenged you? What questions did this raise for you?
Abraham: Is Anything Too Hard for the Lord?
On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate the bigness and boldness of your prayers? Why did you rate yourself that way?
Name one way, big or small, that God has shown his goodness to you recently.
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
2nd Corinthians 9:7
Giving to the church is an act of worship – an opportunity to recognize how God has graciously given us both salvation through faith in Jesus and also everything we possess. Like any act of worship, it is not compulsory, but freely given. Therefore, give with joy even as the Lord has given to you.
For personal growth in the Word of God
For the mission of the Church (domestic and global missions)
For the unity of the Church
For our governing authorities (mayor, president, judges, police, other public servants)
For those who are sick in body and soul
For strength against sin and temptation
For true peace and shalom on the earth
For Mile Square Church and our work in Hoboken and Hudson county
For those who do not confess Jesus as Lord
For eyes to see God's goodness all around us
Thanks for worshipping with us! We’d be happy to talk with you if you have any more questions.