Seeing Stars (12-13-20)

Seeing Stars (12-13-20)


Your Grace Is Enough

by Matt Maher

Great is Your faithfulness,
O God of Jacob,
You wrestle with
The sinner’s restless heart;
You lead us by still waters
And to mercy
And nothing can keep us apart.

So remember Your people,
Remember Your children;
Remember Your promise, O God.

Your grace is enough,
Your grace is enough;
Your grace is enough for me.

Great is Your love and justice
God of Jacob,
You use the weak to lead the strong;
You lead us in the song
Of Your salvation,
And all Your people sing along.

Be Thou My Vision

Translated: Mary E. Byrne
Music: Traditional Irish Folk

Be Thou my vision,
O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me
Save that Thou art.
Thou my best thought
By day or by night,
Waking or sleeping
Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom and
Thou my true word;
I ever with Thee and
Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father,
And I thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling,
And I with Thee one.

Be Thou my battle-shield,

Sword for my fight,
Be Thou my dignity,
Thou my delight.
Thou my soul’s shelter,
And Thou my high tow’r.
Raise Thou me heav’nward,
O Pow’r of my pow’r.

Be my Everything;
Be my Everything!

Riches I need not,
Nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine inheritance,
Now and always;
Thou and Thou only,
First in my heart,
High King of heaven
My Treasure Thou art.

High King of heaven,
My victory won,
May I reach heaven’s joys,
Bright heav’ns Sun,
Heart of my own heart,
Whatever befall,
Still be my vision,
O Ruler of all.


“Seeing Stars”

Message given by Ian Konopinski and Julian Taylor on December 13, 2020

(We apologize for the sound quality in the second half of the message. We had unforeseen technological difficulties)

Matthew 2:1-12
1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, 2 “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for this is what has been written by the prophet:

6 ‘And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah,
Are by no means least among the leaders of Judah;
For from you will come forth a Ruler
Who will shepherd My people Israel.’”

7 Then Herod secretly called for the magi and determined from them the exact time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the Child; and when you have found Him, report to me, so that I too may come and worship Him.” 9 After hearing the king, they went on their way; and behold, the star, which they had seen in the east, went on ahead of them until it came to a stop over the place where the Child was to be found. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And after they came into the house, they saw the Child with His mother Mary; and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 And after being warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, the magi left for their own country by another way.

2 Peter 1:19
And so we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.

Revelation 22:16
“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you of these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”

Philippians 2:15
… prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world

Revelation 1:12-20
12 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And after turning I saw seven golden lampstands; 13 and in the middle of the lampstands I saw one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and wrapped around the chest with a golden sash. 14 His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire. 15 His feet were like burnished bronze when it has been heated to a glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters. 16 In His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength.

17 When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, 18 and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades. 19 Therefore write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after these things. 20 As for the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.