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Preparing for Worship (12/19/10)

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.

This Sunday is the fourth in the Advent season. We'll begin our worship by singing "We Three Kings" - a great carol which talks about journeying to see the Christ child. We'll then have an Advent reading and meditation on the notion of Hope (Romans 15:13).

We'll sing some great carols during worship - "Silent Night," "What Child Is This?", and "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing." We'll sing a newer song called "It Was Love" during our time for worship through giving. We'll also be singing "To Us a Child of Hope is Born" - a totally new song for us. John Morrison, a Scottish minister, wrote the words in 1781 based on Isaiah 9:1-7. Bruce Benedict (worship director at Christ the King Pres in Raleigh) wrote a new tune which you can hear by clicking this link. The words are at the bottom of this post if you want to reflect on them before Sunday.

The teaching will be based on Isaiah 9:1-7 - "Unwrapping Christmas." Verse 6 says that Jesus is "given." To prepare for worship, ask yourself what it means to think about Jesus as a gift. What kind of gift is he?


To Us a Child of Hope is Born

1. To us a Child of hope is born,

To us a Son is giv’n,

Him shall the tribes of earth obey,

Him all the hosts of heav’n.

2. His Name shall be the Prince of Peace,

Forevermore adored,

The Wonderful, the Counselor,

The great and mighty Lord.

Refrain: His pow’r, increasing, still shall spread,

His reign no end shall know,

Justice shall guard His throne above,

And peace abound below.

4. To us a Child of hope is born,

To us a Son is giv’n,

The Wonderful, the Counselor,

The mighty Lord of heav’n.

– Words: John Morrison, 1781

Music: Bruce Benedict, 2009

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