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Worship Series - "Soul Food for Christmas"

Sunday - November 30 - "Yoked to Jesus"




Order of Worship

Welcome, Singing & Prayer

Children's Time - Lighting The Advent Candle

Announcements & Offering

Scripture: Matthew 11:28-30

Drama: Study Sessions

Message: “Yoked to Jesus”

 …  Donna GIleno

Special Music: “Be Still”

Closing Song &  Blessing



We are glad you have chosen to join us today. May these verses of Scripture help deepen your experience of God this morning as well as be a resource beyond today.

Scripture:  Matthew 11:28-30 (NRSV)

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”


Scripture:  Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message)

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”


Scripture:  Matthew 11:28-30 (New

Living Translation NLT)

“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”


"Be Still"

by Joseph King, Isaac Slade, David Welsh and Ben Wysocki


Be still and know that I'm with you

Be still and know that I am here

Be still and know that I'm with you

Be still, be still, and know


When darkness comes upon you

And covers you with fear and shame

Be still and know that I'm with you

And I will say your name


If terror falls upon your bed

And sleep no longer comes

Remember all the words I said

Be still, be still, and know


And when you go through the valley

And the shadow comes down from the hill

If morning never comes to be

Be still, be still, be still


If you forget the way to go

And lose where you came from

If no one is standing beside you

Be still and know I am


Be still and know that I'm with you

Be still and know I am



Michelangelo’s “The Creation”



Going Deeper

Soul Food For Christmas

Matthew 11:28-30


Warm Up:

Are you a person who loves or dreads the Christmas season?  Take a few minutes to remember “your best Christmas ever”!  What made it “the best”? 


Diving In:


  • How do you feel about Christmas…panic, excitement, dread or PEACE? Is this what you feel each year?  What do you want to feel and experience this Christmas?  Can you imagine ways that being yoked to Jesus could change your feelings about Christmas?


  • What are some of the heavy burdens you are either carrying now or have carried in the past? What helped you to carry them?  Was there ever a point that you felt that carrying them became easier?  Why or why not?


  • What would it take for you to grab onto God's extended hand (Yoke) this Christmas? 


  • Read the rest of the chapter in Matthew 11.  Notice that Jesus is not having an “easy” time of things – there are complaints, confusion and bruised expectations about what he was going to do and what he is doing.  Notice the shift in verse 25 – where he moves to praising God.  In what ways do you see Jesus drawing strength from his relationship with God in order to be able to carry his burdens?


  • In his book "Soul Keeper" John Ortberg writes:


“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened . . . and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Easy is a soul word, not a circumstance word; not an assignment word. Aim at having easy circumstances, and life will be hard all around. Aim at having an easy soul, and your capacity for tackling hard assignments will actually grow. The soul was not made for an easy life. The soul was made for an easy yoke…”


              What is your reaction to Ortberg’s reflections on “easy”? 


Take Home:

You still have time to “yoke” yourself to Jesus for this Christmas season.  What one step can you take now to release one of the burdens you are carrying?  What do you need to do to respond to Jesus’ invitation now?


Prayer: Jesus, I yoke myself to you.  Thank you for the ways you give me strength. Amen.


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