Preparing for Worship (12/12/10)
Corporate worship is a great thing. Of course, we can worship God on our own and with our families - and we should. But there is something special about the people of God coming together for worship (Hebrews 10:24-25). Thus, we hope that corporate worship is the highlight of your week. In an effort to help you get more out of worship, we're posting a short preview of the upcoming worship service each week. Hopefully you'll find this helpful and encouraging.
This Sunday is the third in the Advent season. To prepare for worship, take some time and reflect on the poem below by Madeleine L'Engle. We'll start our worship with the lighting of Advent candles and reading 1 John 4:9-12 which affirms the love of God as the motive for sending Christ into the world. We'll affirm our faith using the Nicene Creed. And we'll sing some great Christmas carols like Angels We Have Heard on High, Creator of the Stars at Night, and O Little Town of Bethlehem. We also be singing The Lord is King, Crown Him With Many Crowns, and In Feast or Fallow.
Dave Dupee will be preaching this week from Isaiah 7:1-17. To prepare for worship, focus especially on verse 14. Meditate on what it means this Christmas to believe that Immanuel has come into the world - "God with us."
“First Coming” by Madeleine L’Engle
He did not wait till the world was ready,
till men and nations were at peace.
He came when the Heavens were unsteady,
and prisoners cried out for release.
He did not wait for the perfect time.
He came when the need was deep and great.
He dined with sinners in all their grime,
turned water into wine. He did not wait
till hearts were pure. In joy he came
to a tarnished world of sin and doubt.
To a world like ours, of anguished shame he came,
and his Light would not go out.
He came to a world which did not mesh,
to heal its tangles, shield its scorn.
In the mystery of the Word made Flesh
the Maker of the stars was born.
We cannot wait till the world is sane
to raise our songs with joyful voice,
for to share our grief, to touch our pain,
He came with Love: Rejoice! Rejoice