Information about all events listed can be
found at www.orlandowoc.org or on the
• December 8: BeMen Gathering @
7 p.m at the current church building
• December 17: Christmas Production!
Invite your friends, family, and
• December 24: Join us for a special
Christmas Eve service from 10am to
11am. We will not have the normal
services on that Sunday. This will be
a family service, meaning the whole
family comes together - no O’Kids,
Café O, or Connection Center on
• December 31: Youth Sunday!
Services as usual (8am and 10am)
with the addition of a New Year’s
Eve Watchnight service AT OUR
NEW BUILDING!! The evening
service will begin at 9pm.
Please remember: when we transition
into our new building, our service times
will be 8am and 10am.
• What is your most cherished
Christmas tradition and why
is it so special to you?
• If you have heard Sunday’s
message, what is one idea that
really stood out to you? Why did
this idea grab your attention?
Start by reading:
• Luke 2:1-7
• Matthew 2:1-12
There are just a handful of
characters that make up the most
important happening in all of
mankind – the birth of Christ. Each
responded to Christ’s arrival and
each had the opportunity to not
miss out on the very first Christmas.
If you were alive then, how do you
think you would have responded to
this precious God-sent gift?
The Innkeeper (Luke 2:7)
• Give your thoughts about your pace
of life between Thanksgiving and
• Does the rush of the Holidays ever
make you feel overwhelmed?
Nothing is actually said about the
innkeeper and he wasn’t given a name,
there is just a vague reference that
there was “no place for them in the inn,”
yet today we talk about this innkeeper.
We wonder if Joseph and Mary had
been more than two peasants knocking
at his door, if he would have known that
she was about to birth the King of
Kings, would he have made room for
them in the inn. Perhaps. But one thing
we can conclude, he missed Christmas.
In all his busyness of keeping up with
the multitude of guests that night, he
missed the miracle that happened in his
own backyard. He was distracted by
the first ever Holiday rush.
King Herod (Matthew 2:1-8)
• Do you ever worry about things
beyond your control? Explain.
• How to you respond to unexpected
changes in your life?
Some reports say that Herod the Great
was dubbed “King of the Jews” because
of the number of Jews under his rule.
So, when he received a report that a
prophecy was given that from Judah
“shall come a ruler who will shepherd
my people Israel,” he decided to try to
stop the new leader from emerging. He
was fearful of losing control of his
throne and unwilling to submit to
another. In his desire to be control his
own life, he missed Christmas.
Religious Leaders (Matthew 2:4-6)
• Do you have a hard time admitting
when you’re wrong? Explain.
• Have you ever been wrong before
and known you’re wrong, but just
can’t seem to admit it? What
happened? Did you ever confess
The religious leaders of the time did
not want to admit that they were wrong
about who they believed the Messiah
would be. God was moving beyond what
they were comfortable with and in to
something new. Their pride kept them
from fully experiencing all that God had
planned – pride caused them to miss
The Magi (Matthew 2:1-12)
• What is something you’re passionate
about that you will go to great
lengths to do?
• Do you ever struggle with being
The Magi saw the light of Christ’s
arrival more than 1,000 miles away from
Bethlehem. They studied that light and
were persistent to follow it. The
travelers spent about two years in
search of the Christ child. They were
determined to experience the presence
of the Messiah. On their arrival, not
only did they offer gifts of gold,
frankincense, and myrrh, they were also
keenly aware that this child was more
than a toddler, He was the promised
That day, the Magi experienced the
presence of Jesus and, in all their
wisdom, did what the innkeeper, King
Herod, and the religious leaders
never did – they bowed their knee in
complete submission to the one who
would deliver them from their sin.
They did not miss Christmas!
Which of the four responses best represents you? Explain.
1. What’s one thing you will do this
week as a result of something you
learned from this message?
2. Take time this week to
acknowledge any thoughts or
attitudes of busyness, control,
or pride that would keep you
from experiencing Christmas
– the arrival of Christ. Here’s
a simple prayer to help you get
“God, thank you for sending your son
to deliver me from my sin. I confess
I’ve allowed busyness, control, or pride
to rule in my life. I ask your forgiveness
for (confess your thoughts or deeds)
and, just as the Magi did, submit to
Your authority in my life.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.”