Redemption Peoria Liturgy Recap | 12.03.17

Josh Miles / December 5, 2017

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 we begin the season of Advent — a time of the year when we remember the anticipation of the people of Israel for the coming of Jesus. And we share in their anticipation today as we wait for his promised return. Our hope is that we really lean into our deepest longings and then look to Jesus to see Him as the only thing that satisfies them. Let’s look to God’s Word to remind us where our hope comes from.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things were made through him,
and without him was not any thing that was made.
In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

– John 1:1-5, 9, 14

Worship in Song  
O Come Let Us Adore Him / Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

Confession / Lament
In the wake of all that’s been happening in our world, many of us in our community, and many of us in the Church have looked coldly or dismissively at facts, downplayed prejudice and hate in our society, and failed to weep with those who weep, and listen to the hurting. Let’s take a moment to confess and pray to the Lord.

O promised Christ: We are a world at war.
Our peace depends on your coming.
We are a stubborn and sinful people.
Our pardon depends on your coming.
We are full of good intentions, but weak at keeping promises;
Our only hope of doing God’s will is that you should come
and help us do it!
Lord Christ, Word made flesh,
our world waits for your peace, for your pardon, and for your grace.
Even so: come, Lord Jesus.

Worship in Song
O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Assurance of Grace / Passing of Peace
Let’s remember this good news together!

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, burn under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.
And because we are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba Father!” So we are no longer slaves, but sons, and if sons, then heirs through God.

– adapted from Galatians 4:4-7

Christ has come, and He’s redeemed His people from the curse by becoming cursed in their place, and He gives them His righteousness. This changes everything in us, and it dramatically changes the way we relate to one another on a day like this. As those who’ve been reconciled to God and to one another as family, welcome one another this morning.

Announcements | Sermon | Adopted by the Father | Romans 8:31-39
Response | Giving | The Lord’s Supper 

Worship in Song  
He Has Come, the Christ of God

Worship in Song  
The Love of God

Benediction
Have all believers eaten of the body of Christ?
We have.
Are all believers satisfied with the blood of Christ
We are.
Then let us leave here and tell our neighbors.
We will.

Peace be with you!
And also with you!

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