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! We’re excited to celebrate the Advent season together, with today being the first day. So today, as we gather, we remember and celebrate what the birth of Jesus has meant to a dying world, and the hope it affords us. The prophet Isaiah announced this very 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.
– Isaiah 9:6-7a NIV
Confession / Lament
The earth sure seems tired, doesn’t it? And so are many of us. In a season where it seems we’re “supposed to” feel such joy and excitement, it can often be a difficult time. Things aren’t right, here. And, it’s hard to wait. May our hearts all cry, “Come, Lord Jesus!” as we continue to sing.
Worship in Song | O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Assurance of Grace / Passing of the Peace
God will again dwell with us one day, and it’s only possible in and through His Son coming into the world. Hear this deposit of the hope of heaven in Matthew’s gospel:
The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light. And for those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow, a light has shined.
– Matthew 4:16 NLT
We take hope is this Light today as we gather, and we share it with our brothers and sisters as we greet one another. Let’s do that now.
Sermon|Hope Amidst a Broken World| Psalm 42
Response | Giving | Prayer | The Lord’s Supper
In this season of Advent, may God’s light shine in our darkness.
May the Spirit open our eyes to see His coming, and may Jesus’ glory outshine anything else fighting for our attention and affection.
Go in hope of the peace he brings to the world. Peace be with you!
And also with you!