“The LORD Our HOPE”
Good morning, and welcome to Hillsdale. We pray this will be an uplifting day of worship, praise, and fellowship for you and your loved ones. I invite you to turn off the noise of the world for a few hours, and turn your focus to the LORD, who is our God, Creator, Savior, and Hope!
The writer of Hebrews, facing what might be described as a “spiritual pandemic” of suffering, persecution, and martyrdom, encouraged the believers of his day, writing: “24 And let us consider one another to provoke [lit. to stimulate and stir up] unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24–25)
Notice the response to trials and troubles of that day was to turn one’s focus to serving and encouraging others. To make it through life in a good, and noble way, we need one another. We need to be about loving, encouraging, and strengthening others by serving and worshipping together.
“The Story of Hope!” is our theme for December, and today’s sermon is the last in my series on, “The LORD’s Model Prayer” (Luke 11:4). Please click on the following link for a copy of today’s student notes. 01 – God – Our Provider, Pardon, Protector – Luke 11.3-4 – December 13, 2020 student blank
Next Sunday, we will turn our focus to Christ’s incarnation, and virgin birth as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the only-begotten Son of God.
Sunday, December 20, 10:00 AM – A celebration of Christ’s birth that will feature a special oration by Dr. Melissa Cancel, and Hillsdale’s music ministry.
Thursday, December 24, 6:00 PM – Hillsdale’s traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.
1) Please sit together as family units. Children and teens should sit with their parents during the morning service.
2) Please observe “social distancing” in the building, especially in the restrooms, lobby, and auditorium.
3) Please limit fellowship in the Lobby, including greetings (shaking hands, hugs, etc.).
With the heart of a shepherd,
Travis D. Smith