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Vol. 22 No. 49

December 9, 2018 John MacArthur PASTOR-TEACHER

Clayton Erb / Minister of Music


to the Lord’s day

worship service at Grace Church. We are truly blessed to be here this morning as we open God’s

Word together, sing His praises, and enjoy a time of fellowship in His presence.

Be sure to take advantage of

the many fellowship and ministry opportunities available to

our church family today and throughout the week.

8:30 & 10:30* am


For Unto Us a Child Is Born • Handel • Stephen Sturz, Organist Hymn 231 O Come, All Ye Faithful • Congregation Hymn 227 Angels We Have Heard on High Hark! the Herald Angels Sing • Mendelssohn/Rice • Brass Ensemble, Organ Sing Noël, Sing Hallelujah • Smith/Hamilton • Worship Choir Hymn 223 The First Noël • Congregation Birthday of a King • Neidlinger/Marsh • Philip Webb

Sing Noël, Sing Hallelujah




John MacArthur • 1 Thessalonians 5:1–3 Communion Joy to the World! • Handel/Beck • Organ Postlude

6:00 pm Jesus Is Lord • Getty-Townend • Instrumental Prelude Songs of Praise • Congregation Baptism • Joe Zhakevich What Child Is This? • Trad./Rouse • Deb Victa MESSAGE:

Sing Noël! Sing Noël! Sing we all Noël! Sing we all Noël! Sing, O sing, we all Noël! Come behold this Child in the manger, gift of the Father’s great love. Angels look down as His glory surrounds them, starlight from heaven above. Sing Noël, sing Hallelujah, God with us now come to dwell. Sing Noël, lift high His praises, Christ, our Emmanuel. Lift up your heads all who wander in darkness, shine for your light has come. Down through the ages, though sin’s battle rages, Christ, our Messiah has won. Sing Noël! Sing Hallelujah! Come adore on bended knee. Sing Noël, lift high His praises, Christ come to set us all free. Let every daughter and son of the Father rise on this Christmas morn. With heaven voicing all praise and rejoicing, Christ, our Redeemer is born. Sing Noël! Sing Hallelujah! All creation great and small, Sing Noël, lift high His praises. Christ come to save us all! © 2007 Word Music, LLC/SmittyFly Music (admin. by Word Music, LLC) Gratia Music (admin. by The Loving Company). UBP. CCLI Lic. 32723 Words by David Hamilton; music by Michael W. Smith


Nathan Busenitz • John 10:22–42 Postlude * Interpreting for the deaf is provided during the 10:30 a.m. service. Arabic and Korean translation for the 10:30 a.m. service is available at A limited number of headsets are available at the front desk for simultaneous translation.

To maintain a worshipful atmosphere in the services, please do not applaud after musical numbers.

Campus Ministries

On GraceWalk


THE WELCOME CENTER hosts a reception for visitors following each Sunday-morning service. Enjoy refreshments and find helpful people with answers to any questions you have about our church. You’ll also receive one of Pastor MacArthur’s books as a thank you for being with us today.

• Fundamentals of the Faith • Local Outreach

The Bookstore is open after each service and during the week. It is located on the south side of the Worship Center.

THE MEMBER CENTER has information about membership and baptism. It is located on the north side of the Heritage Building, across from the Welcome Center.

Next Membership Class • January 6 101 • 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. • T375

On the Patio


• Juniors Winter Camp • Logos Institute • Missionary Calendar • Spanish Ministry


(by the Chapel)

ready to offer pastoral care. It is open after every service, and is adjacent to the Worship Center.

“This book is a must-read for all who care about gospel truth in an age of theological compromise and confusion.” —James Montgomery Boice

Available today only for 40% off retail

Generations of Grace Children’s Sunday School The following lesson was taught today in Sunday School (Preschool through Juniors)


God Sends John the Baptist Luke 1:5–25, 57–67, 76–80 Jesus is Savior and Lord. “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” (Hymns of Grace No. 238) What is important about the names Immanuel, Savior, and Son of the Most High? By obeying Jesus Christ as Lord and God. As a family, read Luke 1:5–25, 57–67, 76–80 Matthew 1:18–25; Luke 1:26–38

Adapted from the Generations of Grace Family Devotional, available at the bookstore.

Grace to You RADIO The Birth of the King • KKLA 99.5 FM LOS ANGELES M–F 6:30 am & 7:30 pm • KDAR 98.3 FM OXNARD VENTURA M–F 2:00 & 10:00 am; Sun 2:00 am •

TELEVISION “The Mystery of Christmas” • NRBTV CHANNEL 378 ON DIRECTV Sunday 6:30 pm ONLINE • John MacArthur’s sermons: audio, video, and transcripts • Resource library: blog, devotionals, articles, Q&As, and more • Mobile apps: “The Study Bible” and “Grace to You Sermons”


THE PRAYER ROOM is staffed with counselors,


Home for the Holidays FEATURE

Congregational Care Ministries If you happened to find yourself stuck on the freeways of Southern California over Thanksgiving weekend, then you, among many others, witnessed thousands of bumper-to-bumper vehicles desperately crawling inch-by-inch towards their chosen holiday destinations. It was truly an unbelievable sight. What once was a somewhat steady flow of commuters trying to make it to work earlier in the week had virtually overnight become an immovable mass exodus of holiday proportions. Perhaps it was then, as you sat in your motionless car, that you might even have heard yourself say out loud, “Where in the world are all these people going? They must be going somewhere! But where?” Then, before you even have a second to think, the answer suddenly occurs to you; “Oh, they’re all going back home!” Home, you see, is where we always want to go for the holidays. Though it’s not true for everybody, there is no question that a large portion of the population

attempts to go back home during the winter season. It’s nice once a year to see the folks you grew up with and the relatives you love; it’s nostalgic to return to the homes we were raised in and see the places we remember from our childhoods. The holidays just seem like the right time to change the scenery and go back home. But did you know that for some people in our church, the scenery never changes? Some of our members at Grace Church never have to endure any Thanksgiving traffic or Christmas commutes; in fact, they never have to endure any travel problems at all. Why? Because they are, in a word, homebound. The reason they never go back to the homes they were raised in is because they are unable to leave the homes they presently live in. Even coming to church on a Sunday is not really an option for them. Whether because of a physical limitation brought on by illness, age, or accident, there are a number of people in our wonderful church who never go anywhere for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Though they enjoy

That’s why each Christmas season we ask our church family to bring a little bit of their home into the homes of our homebound saints! Beginning next Lord’s Day, if you and/or your family want to create a Christmas card to send to the list of homebound folks listed on this page, then we will deliver it to them as an expression of your love. Just create or buy a card and write the name of a homebound saint on the front of the envelope (leaving room for their address and a stamp that we will provide), and we will do the rest! Though these folks aren’t able to go home for the holidays, they can be warmly encouraged by the fact that you took the time to bring a little piece of your home to them.

Tony Barcia Loretta Dedinas Frances Gregg Dotty Halby Suzanne Hitzemann Myrna Hoffman Gladys Hogins Bridget Husen Jessie Jezmajian Sue Keller Ann Kerr Frances Manner Group Home Prisila Labbee William Mack Geraldine Mole Arlene Partie Margaret Rudy Avis Spitz Rose Stoeppler Patricia Stoner Dawn Zuber


our live-stream capabilities and worship with us from afar, they still don’t really get to enjoy the heartfelt expressions of encouragement that we so often take for granted.

SHORT-TERM MINISTRIES HIGHLIGHT Please pray for our teams as they prepare for, serve, and return from the field.

TEAM SINGAPORE DECEMBER 13–24 TEAM MEMBERS: Austin Chiang (team leader), Hope Glenn, Kent Hirano, Michael Lee, Angela Lin, Ivana Mai, Katherine Morsch, Noelle Yoo


MINISTRY: VBS, Evangelism

Grace Around the World The Wilhelmsson Family

Miska & Alison, Jeremiah, Simeon, Zakarias

Serving in Finland since 2017

Prayer / Praise • Praise God for blessing our ministry in Finland this past year. • Pray for the development of our church’s Finnish-language ministry (in church services and published literature). For more information visit

Faith Promise Christmas Concert December 20–23 Thursday & Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:00 & 6:00 p.m. Sunday, 6:00 p.m.

Worship Choir • Symphonic Orchestra Vocal Solos & Ensembles • Handbell Choir Children’s Choir Call 818-909-5670 or go to for more information. Child care is available for children five years old and younger.

Last week you generously gave $25,488. Thank you for your ongoing support of our missionaries and their ministries around the world.

Local Outreach Spotlight Help Needed The Open Arms Pregnancy Clinic has an urgent need for a part-time client services assistant and an OB/GYN or family practice physician. For more information, call Debi at 818-626-9404 or email [email protected]

Joyful Givers 2018 Tax Information All contributions for calendar year 2018 must be received by the church no later than our December 30 offering or postmarked no later than December 31, 2018. The church campus will be closed for the holidays December 24–28, 2018; December 31, 2018; and January 1, 2019. Contributions received or postmarked after Monday, December 31, 2018, will be recorded in 2019. The elders, pastors, and church staff thank each of you for faithfully and sacrificially giving to the Lord.

January 16–April 10 (Wednesdays) • 6:30–8:30 p.m. Instructors: Bill Shannon, George Sanders, Johnathan Tucker • Cost: $75

For more information or to register, visit

Unequally Yoked Tuesday, December 11 Bible study primarily for women married to unbelieving husbands. For information, call 818-909-5521.

Job Opportunity Nursery Workers. Children’s Ministry currently has several part-time openings (4–20 hours/week) for nursery workers. Hours are primarily Sundays and Wednesdays. Must be able to exhibit love to parents, children, staff and desire to serve through humility, patience, and joy. Prior work experience in childcare is preferred, and applicants must be able to successfully pass a background check. Applicants for employment must be, if employed, biblically qualified as a deacon or deaconess and a member of Grace Church. For more information or to request an application, contact HR at [email protected] or 818-909-5672.

The 2019 Missionary Calendar is available on the patio this morning. One per family, please.

Junior High Winter Camp January 4–6 • Thousand Pines Christian Camp

For details or to register, visit

High School Winter Camp January 19–21 • Forest Home

For details or to register, visit

Premarital/Marriage Seminar A prerequisite for engaged couples desiring to get married at Grace Church, this seminar is also helpful for those who are purposefully dating, as well as married couples interested in God’s plan for a successful marriage. Part 1 Friday, January 4, 7:00–9:00 p.m. • Saturday, January 5, 9:00 a.m.–noon Part 2 Friday, February 15, 7:00–9:00 p.m. • Saturday, February 16, 9:00 a.m.–noon Instructors: Bill Shannon, George Sanders, Tom Leman • T371–372 $35 for church members or TMS/TMC students; $65 for non-members

For more information or to register, visit or call 818-909-5537.


Logos Institute Discipleship Counseling 2

2019 Missionary Calendar

8:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m.

10:3010:30 a.m. a.m.

5:00 p.m. 12:30 p.m.

Anchored (All ages) T360s Pastors: Carl Hargrove, Bill Shannon

Children’s Sunday School Special needs class available Visit the Welcome Center for room locations. Pastor: Ace Davis

Neighborhood Outreach H223–224


Children’s Sunday School Visit the Welcome Center for room locations. Pastor: Ace Davis Cornerstone (All ages) T370s Pastors: Nathan Busenitz, Hohn Cho, Mark Tatlock, Harry Walls Developmentally Disabled CC130E; Pastor: Rick McLean GraceLife (All ages) Family Center Pastors: Phil Johnson, Mike Riccardi Junior High (Grades 7–8) T70s (Basement) Pastor: Jay Lennington Spanish Adult Sunday School H221-222 Teachers: Josiah Grauman, José Soria, Santiago Armel, Eduardo Izquierdo Spanish Worship Service Chapel • Pastors: Henry Tolopilo, Michael Mahoney, Josiah Grauman Steadfast (All ages) T260s Pastor: Brian Biedebach

Crossroads (College & young adults) Family Center Pastor: Austin Duncan Developmentally Disabled CC130E; Pastor: Rick McLean High School (Grades 9–12) T70s (Basement) Pastor: Josh Petras Joint Heirs (All ages) T260s Pastors: Tom Patton, John Street

5:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Sunday Night Prayer Group T385

Spanish Adult Sunday School H221–222 Teachers: Rubén Pidal, José Alcívar, José Martínez, Josué Pineda Spanish Worship Service Chapel • Pastors: Henry Tolopilo, Michael Mahoney, Josiah Grauman

The Guild (Single adults) T360s Pastor: Don Carr Mondays 9:00 a.m.

Monday Morning Prayer Group Welcome Center

6:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Adventure Club Family Center (Grades 4–6) Chapel (Grades 1–3) T270s (Ages 3–5)

Building Abbreviation Key T = Tower H = Heritage CC = Children’s Center

Visit our website at

Mainstream (All ages) T360s Pastors: Rich Gregory, Carlos Chung Sojourners (All ages) T370s Pastors: William Varner, Joe Zhakevich

Fridays 7:30 p.m.

MINISTRY DIRECTORY Administration 818-909-5500

Men 818-909-5537

Spanish 818-909-5722

Children 818-909-5631

Outreach 818-909-5700

Special Ministries 818-909-5519

Logos Institute 818-909-5500

Pastoral Care & Counseling 818-909-5537

Student 818-909-5593

Membership 818-909-5644

Prayer 818-909-5519

Women 818-909-5521

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