Dover Assembly of God
12.22.2019 | Promise Kept
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  • Dover Assembly of God
    4790 Carlisle Rd, Dover, PA 17315, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM
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December 22, 2019

Welcome to Dover Assembly!
We are so glad you have chosen to attend Dover Assembly this morning. It is not by accident that you are here. We believe that God has allowed you to be here so that you might receive all that He has for you. We pray you are blessed as you allow the Lord to work in your life.

THIS WEEK

Sunday
9:00 am ~ Coffee & Donuts
9:30 am ~ Sunday School
10:30 am ~ R.O.C.K. Children’s Ministries
10:30 am ~ Worship Service
1:00 pm ~ Spanish Service

Tuesday
6:00 pm ~ Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Wednesday ~ CHRISTMAS
NO EVENING SERVICE...MERRY CHRISTMAS !

Saturday
6:30 pm ~ Saturday Night Spanish Service

UPCOMING EVENTS

New Life For Girls - Date Change!
We are rescheduling the New Life Girls for a date to be determined in the New Year. Stay tuned for the new date.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
We are having a traditional candle-lighting service on December 24 beginning at 6:00 pm. Jesus called us “the light of the world”. We will light our candles as a symbol of the light we as believers are to bring to a darkened world. Join us as we celebrate the birth of our Savior.

There will NOT be a service on Wednesday, December 25 or New Year’s Day, January 1. Enjoy time with your families but remember the Reason for the Season!

Human Life Services
Join us on Sunday, January 26 as Human Life Services will minister and share testimonies of women that have been helped by this tremendous organization! We will receive a special offering to bless this important ministry. Due to the possible sensitive nature of this service, parents, use your discretion as to whether or not you want your children to remain with you in the service. All are welcome to remain in the R.O.C.K. Room

BODY NEWS

Special Thank You!
To Anna, Lee, Lynette, Jamie, June, Juliet and Yvonne on all the hard work and dedication that was put into last week’s Children’s Christmas Program. We were blessed by the great job all the children did. Thank you Anna and team! We appreciate you all!

If you missed it, would like to see it again, or share with friends and family, it is available to watch on our website and at vimeo.com/379870145.

Annual Business Meeting
Thank you for all the nominations for your Deacon Board. We have been in touch with each candidate and are awaiting their prayerful reply. We will announce the candidates on December 29. Our annual meeting will be held January 19 immediately following the morning service.

Christmas Benevolence
If you would like to contribute to our benevolence fund in order to supply items to families for Christmas, please use the envelopes provided in the pew racks and indicate “benevolence”. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Christmas Card Mailboxes
The Christmas mailboxes are up and awaiting Christmas cards! If you would like to share Christmas cards with others in our church family, please take a name list from the table in the foyer and match up the numbers with the names. (Please note that names and numbers have changed from last year). We have also added a few new names as our attendance grows.

Tithing Envelopes
In order to best serve you and keep our records up to date and correct, we encourage the use of numbered envelopes. We have placed next years envelopes in each of your slots in the Christmas card mailbox in the lower foyer. Please be sure to check your box before you leave today. Thank you for your faithfulness in giving!

Texting
We are continuing to expand the way we share information through texting. If you would like to receive periodic updates, weather cancellations, church information, encouraging quotes, etc. please fill out a blue card in the pew rack with your name and cell number with the word TEXT. Place it in the offering plate, or hand it to an usher and we will add you to our ever-growing list.

Christmas Picture Background
If you would like to take a family or individual Christmas picture with a Christmas background, Donna has prepared a small area downstairs (the trophy case) where you can take that special shot!

Snow Cancellations
Should we have the need to cancel any of our services due to inclement weather, we will put that information on our Facebook page, our website, and the local TV stations [WGAL-CH 8, CBS 21, ABC 27, FOX 43, CW 15] If you would like to sign up for a TEXT on your cell phone that will indicate the status of our services, please fill out the blue & white card with your name and cell phone number. Please be sure to hand them into our Information Center and we will add you to our list.

PRAYER NEEDS
Please take time to review and pray for those on this list. Drop them a card or call to set up a time to visit. They will be blessed!
~ Gladys J.
~ Beulah S.
~ Phil & Murina S.
~ Marian T.
~ Olga K.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Dec 24 ~ Christmas Eve Service - 6:00 pm
Dec 25 ~ Christmas—NO EVENING SERVICE
Dec 29 ~ R.O.C.K. Kids in Main Service-5th Sunday
Dec 31 ~ New Year’s Eve
Jan 1 ~ New Year’s Day—NO EVENING SERVICE

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Thank you for your faithfulness!

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December 22, 2019 - Pastor Jeff Bender

If I were to ask you, “what first comes to your mind when you think about Christmas?

Gifts? Family Time? Vacation time?

Crazy time, hurry time, not enough time? Can’t wait until it’s over, time?

How about “Promise Kept”?

How often do we think that the birth of Christ is a promise made to us in centuries past?
Micah and Isaiah were contemporaries. They lived about 700 years before Jesus was born.

Both made promises that were given to them by God -- That a Messiah, a Savior would be given to Israel. And ultimately, to everyone.

And 2000 years ago, God kept that promise.

Why is that important today?
Why is the fact that God kept his promise, even though it was 700 years in the future, he kept it. Why does it matter today?

I want to read part of the Christmas story and show you . . .
It’s that last sentence that grabbed me when I was reading it earlier this week.

It was that verse: You are blessed, because you believed that the Lord would do what he said." (Luke 1:45 NLT)

I believe there are 2 meanings to this statement . . .
1) MARY BELIEVED THAT THE LORD SAID HE WOULD SEND A SAVIOR, THE MESSIAH.

Before the angel even spoke to her . . . she knew the Old Testament prophecies, the Old Testament promises, she knew what God had promised so long ago.

Because she believed in those promises, she lived a life in obedience to God. She lived in anticipation of the fact that God could send His messiah at any time.

She wanted to be ready.

When we think of Christmas, do we think that since God fulfilled this promise, do we remember the other promise of His coming again?

Because that promise is just as true as the first . . .
Mary didn’t know exactly when Jesus would be born, or more importantly, she didn’t know she would be His mom, but she lived her life knowing it could happen at any time.

She didn’t want to miss out on what God planned to do when he sent the Messiah.

Because she took time to know God’s word and understand it, she used her knowledge of God’s word in order to live a life that would be pleasing to God.

Imagine what kind of a life she must have lived in order to be chosen to be Jesus’ mom? Not only in deed, but in her heart!

Her heart matched her lifestyle. It’s possible to live a good life on the outside, and do all the right things, but still not have a relationship with God.

The point here is that because she not only believed God’s word, she lived it.
Do we believe the second promise of His return as much as Mary believed His first coming would happen?

And more importantly, do we live in anticipation of it?
Mary was blessed because she believed God’s promise of His first coming and she lived her life in anticipation of it, even though she had no idea when it would be or that she would be chosen

Like Matthew says: Are we ready all the time, like Mary was.

She was blessed because she was.
Not only did Mary believe God’s promise of a Messiah,

2) MARY BELIEVED WHAT GOD TOLD HER AT THE TIME.

She believed in the promise given to her at this time. The angel said she would have a baby and she believed it.

Even though all natural evidence, biology and science said it was impossible.

Mary even asked that question.
She knew in the natural, it was impossible. The angel didn’t reprove her. He basically said a miracle would take place.
I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t really explain How it’s going to happen. With our limited knowledge and experience, that really doesn’t answer the question.

But Mary didn’t need to know HOW? All she knew is that God said it, and she believed it, without having to know how.

What promise are you trusting God for today? What Biblical promise that applies to you, do you trust God to do?

Mary believed something that everyone else would say is crazy.

Imagine that happening today. Who would believe it?
The Bible says that God is our healer.
God promised our needs would be met, not our desires and wants.

He is the one who saves.
Who do we know that seems like they want nothing to do with God?

We pray, but God does the work. And since we know that God’s plan was originally that everyone trust Jesus, we leave that part to God.
How does the birth of Jesus have to do with all this? Because God says his promises are true.
The promise of the Messiah being born was the biggest example of God’s promise being kept!

And if God can keep that miraculous of a promise, don’t we trust him to keep the others?

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