Welcome to our Sunday liturgy recap. If you missed our service this Sunday or are just looking for another expression of our corporate worship, scroll through this post and click the links for each element.
Call to Worship
Good morning, and welcome! Today marks the beginning of the season of Advent — a time of waiting, anticipation, and holy expectation for Christians. And today, as we gather, we remember and celebrate what the birth of Jesus has meant to a dying world. The prophet Isaiah announced that hope:
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.
– Isaiah 9:6-7 NIV
Confession / Lament
Advent is such a rich time for God’s people to model what it looks like to watch and wait in anticipation of that which is more precious than any other thing trying to catch our eyes in what is the brightest (and darkest) times of the year. The reality for many is that the Christmas season can be one of the hardest. If that’s you, then I’m certain you know why. Advent affords us the time to really press in to our deepest longings, and to find the answer to them all in taking a close look at Jesus. This time of year begs for us to gloss over and ignore any pain or trouble in our hearts. As God’s people, let’s choose a better way by bringing our burdens to the Lord, knowing He hears.
Worship in Song
Abide With Me
Assurance of Grace / Passing of Peace
God has given us our every need in His Son, Jesus. Declare it with me!
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
– 2 Corinthians 5:21
This is the good news of the gospel — the most unfair deal in history! God makes Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so we could be made right with God through Him. WHAT?! You and I bring nothing to the table in this deal, except nothing itself! As we take a few moments to greet one another in love, remind your brothers and sisters in Christ just how good this news is!
Sermon | The Advent of Real Representation | Hebrews 1:1-4
Response | Giving | The Lord’s Supper
This Advent season, may God’s light shine in our darkness.
May the glory of the Son outshine any tinsel,
and may the Spirit open our eyes to see His promised arrival.
Now, go in hope of the peace He brings to the world.
Peace be with you.
And also with you.