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In the story of Jesus’ birth, we’re told that He was born in a stable because there was no room at the inn.  The Bible doesn’t actually mention an innkeeper, but the poor guy gets a pretty bad rap for someone we’re not even sure existed because of this.  Yet, it didn’t end there, Jesus often found that people didn’t have room for Him. The Jewish leaders didn’t have room for Jesus, neither did King Herod or the Romans, they all saw Him as a threat or problem.  Most of the people didn’t have room for Jesus either because He wasn’t what they expected or wanted Him to be.  Today many people still don’t have room for Jesus because inviting him into their lives and hearts would mean real change.  Yet despite all of our reservations, the great Christmas carol Joy to the World proclaims, “Let every heart prepare Him room.”  So can we make room?  Are we too busy?   Too afraid?  Too proud?  Are we closed to Jesus or can we make room for Him and all He wants to bring to and do in us?

Prepare Him Room

In the story of Jesus’ birth, we’re told that he was born in a stable because there was no room at the inn. The Bible doesn’t actually mention an innkeeper, but the poor guy gets a pretty bad wrap for someone we’re not even sure existed because of this. Yet, it didn’t end there, Jesus often found that people didn’t have room for Him. The Jewish leaders didn’t have room for Jesus, neither did King Herod or the Romans, they all saw Him as a threat or problem. Most of the people didn’t have room for Jesus either because He wasn’t what they expected or wanted Him to be. Today many people still don’t have room for Jesus because inviting him into their lives and hearts would mean real change. Yet despite all of our reservations, the great Christmas carol Joy to the World proclaims, “Let every heart prepare Him room.” So can we make room? Are we too busy? Too afraid? Too proud? Are we closed to Jesus or can we make room for Him and all He wants to bring to and do in us?

Nov 29 - “Make Room for Hope” (Mary)   

Luke 1:26-38 & Titus 2:11-14

An angel appeared to Mary with the news that she would bear a child, Jesus the Messiah would bring with Him the gift of hope.  Can we make room for Him and the hope he brings?

Dec 06 - “Make Room for Peace” (The Shepherds)

 Luke 2:8-15 & Romans 5:1-2

An angel appeared to the shepherds with the news that Jesus the Messiah had been born who would bring with Him the gift of peace.  Can we make room for Him and the peace He brings?

Communion Sunday

Dec 13 - “Make Room for Love” (Joseph)

Matthew 1:18-25 & Matthew 22:37-40

An angel appeared to Joseph in a dream with the news that he would have a son, Jesus the Messiah, who would bring with him the gift of love.  Can we make room for Him and the love he brings?

Dec 20 - “Make Room for Joy” (The Angels)

Luke 2:8-14 & Philippians 4:4

The angels announce the world-changing news that Jesus the Messiah had been born, who would bring with Him the gift of joy.  Can we make room for Him and the joy He brings?

Dec 24 - “Prepare Him Room” (Jesus)

Luke 2:1-15 & Ephesians 3:16-17a

On Christmas day Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior was born and yet there was no room for Him at the Inn.  During His life and even now Jesus often still finds that people have no room for Him.  Will we make room for Jesus in our hearts and lives?

Christmas Eve Service at 7 pm

Dec 27 - “Room to Work” (Us)

John 4:39

Join us for Storyteller Sunday where members of our Orchard family will share stories of how God has been at work in their lives and hearts.

 

Jan 03 - “One Room at a Time” (The Magi)

 Matthew 2:1-12 & Philippians 1:6

The Magi could have stayed home, instead they went seeking after more of what God held for them and they weren’t disappointed. Will we continue to seek after and make room for Jesus in our hearts and lives each day?

Epiphany Sunday

Matt Hoyt Preaching

Message by: Matt Hoyt

 

 

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