December 5, 2021

This week in our continuing Bible Character Series, we look at Joseph.  No, not the one who was a leader of Egypt.  But the one who was chosen by God to be the husband of Mary, keep her as a virgin until Christ was born, and be the earthly father of Jesus.
We discover that God chose Joseph because he was compassionate, kind, loving, obedient and a good protector of Mary and her Son, Jesus Christ.

Matthew 1:24- (NASB)

[24] And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife,

We pray that you will invite Jesus into your life and make Him Lord of your life.  If you need to pray about this with someone please call Pastor Harvey at 323-316-7131 and he will be glad to pray with you.

Here is a reminder of our church building Sunday schedule..

9 am - Highland Park Christian Church adult and children's Sunday School
10 am - Highland Park Christian Church main worship service
12 noon - Iglesia Evangélica Génesis main worship service
2:30 pm -  Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal M.I. main worship service

Let us pray for you.  Just send an email to us and we will add you to our online prayer list.

We will continue to prepare these online worship pages for you. 

We will continue to keep uploading the sermon and providing the YouTube versions of the songs that we sang during worship. Even if you cannot join us, we'd still like to pray for you.

We'd Love to Pray with and for You!

Give us a call or email Pastor Harvey at to request prayer or just chat/connect.  

Please comment down below and we will respond.  Let us know how we can help and if we have blessed you with this on-line worship.  Thanks!

This weekend we have prepared a worship page for you that includes...

We have great YouTube versions of Christian Hymns and contemporary songs that we sang today...

Our pastor, Harvey Simpson today spoke about Joseph, the husband of Mary and the protector of Mary and her Son, Jesus.  We looked at excerpts from Matthew and Luke.;

We hope this continues to bless YOU and draws you closer to God.

Remember, Denise and I are a phone call away if you want to pray together or just chat.  
(Also remember that God is NOT far away, He has promised that He would never leave us - can I get an "Amen"!)

And don't forget you can comment below about anything that we can help you with or send us a Facebook message on the Facebook message app.

You can also use the "comments below to start any conversation with us.

Thanks for all of your support!
For Him and His Kingdom,
Pastors Harvey & Denise

Pastor Denise is now meeting LIVE with the children - come join her in Sunday school every Sunday at 9:00 am.  Sing, Pray and learn about God.

Also we are meeting LIVE for Adult Sunday School every Sunday at 9:00 am
right now we are studying the writings of John.  Please join us!

          And Now It's Time to Worship Christ

Prayer Requests from Sunday, November 28, 2021

Harvey/Denise - Pray for Pastor Larry Field for continued improvement as he continues to recover from COVID-19.  
Pray for Harvey's friend, Jason who has stage4 colon cancer.  
Praise report that another friend, Jim, has finished radiation treatment and has only 2 more chemo sessions.
Pray for his parents, also.
Pray for our Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes and their safe delivery and the children that will be receiving them.  
Pray for Isaac, the man who gave us a great deal on OCC shoebox toys, etc.  He lost his space when the landlord sold the building.
Also pray an unspoken request for Denise this week.  
Praise that Dino's surgery went well.
Pray for traveling mercies for friends and families as they travel this year.

Ray - Pray for his Mother.
Pray for his family especially his Uncle Manny.
Continue to pray for the healing of his foot.

Marlene - Pray for Pam, Tammy and Debbie and Ruth.  
Ruth has taken a turn for the worse.  Pam is in physical therapy and Tammy is home now.

Margarito - Pray for his health.

Larry - Traveling mercies as he and his wife travel to El Salvador and back.  

Ericka -  Praise report that her father found a job!  Prayers answered! (Yay!)

Michelle - Pray for her new staff at work and how they will fit in.

Bryan - Pray for an unspoken request and for his family.

Al - Continued healing of his eye and general health.

Dorothy -  A special unspoken request.  Praise for all the Christmas songs that bring back joyful Christmas memories!

Albert - Unspoken request.

Cindy - Pray for her pastor and his family, herself and her daughter.  And finally praise for answered prayer.

          And Now It's Time to Worship Christ

Silent Night
artists: Kelly Clarkson, Trisha Yearwood & Reba McEntire

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Artist: Celtic Woman

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night
Artist: Hymn Charts

After singing a few songs, then as a congregation we read together aloud the following scripture...

Isaiah 9:2-7 (NASB)

[2] The people who walk in darkness Will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, The light will shine on them.

[3] You shall multiply the nation, You shall increase their gladness; They will be glad in Your presence As with the gladness of harvest, As men rejoice when they divide the spoil.

[4] For You shall break the yoke of their burden and the staff on their shoulders, The rod of their oppressor, as at the battle of Midian.

[5] For every boot of the booted warrior in the battle tumult, And cloak rolled in blood, will be for burning, fuel for the fire.

[6] For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

[7] There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.

Joseph: A Man of Honor
Harvey Simpson

Here is the text - New American Standard Bible
Matthew 1:18-25
Matthew 2:13-15
Matthew 2:19-23
Luke 1:26-27

Matthew 1:18-25
[18] Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.

[19] And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly.

[20] But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.

[21] She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins."

[22] Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet:


[24] And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife,

[25] but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus.

Matthew 2:13-15
[13] Now when they had gone, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him."

[14] So Joseph got up and took the Child and His mother while it was still night, and left for Egypt.

[15] He remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: "Out OF EGYPT I CALLED My SON."

Matthew 2:19-23
[19] But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, and said,

[20] "Get up, take the Child and His mother, and go into the land of Israel; for those who sought the Child's life are dead."

[21] So Joseph got up, took the Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. [

22] But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Then after being warned by God in a dream, he left for the regions of Galilee,

[23] and came and lived in a city called Nazareth. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophets: "He shall be called a Nazarene."

Luke 1:26-27
[26] Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth,

[27] to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

He Shall Reign Forevermore
artist: Chris Tomlin

Again, Denise and I are available for prayer.

Call Harvey at 323-316-7131
Call Denise at 323-316-7132

In Christ,

Pastor Harvey


Bible Characters, December 2021, Joseph

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