Preparing for Worship – Dec 20

from Mark Hoffman

Joy has dawned upon the world

Promised from creation

God’s salvation now unfurled

Hope for ev’ry nation

 

This final Sunday of Advent is here! On this day, we gather to worship the Lord with the joy that comes to us at Christmas! We will begin in song with Joy Has Dawned and Angels We Have Heard On High. Then we will discover how our Advent themes have brought us from Longing and Anticipation to Hope and finally Joy as we reflect on Isaiah 9:2-3,6-7. (Special thanks once again to Julie Smith for writing our Advent devotions this year!) Our response in song, Wonderful Counselor, flows directly out of this passage of Scripture.

 

After our Children’s Church dismissal (all kids Kindergarten through 4th grade are invited to attend) and a few brief announcements, Pastor Andrew will continue our Advent sermon series, The Mystery of Christmas. Together we will respond by giving glory to the newborn King in song with Hark the Herald Angels Sing. Concluding our service will be a time of Giving, prayer, and a Benediction.

 

Then, please plan to join us in worship on Christmas Eve at 7pm. This will be a simple, hour-long candlelight service of worship and is the culmination of our Advent focus on the Mystery of Christmas. We will sing christmas songs, read the Christmas story from Scripture, and hear a short devotional from Pastor Andrew as we celebrate God’s revealed plan of salvation signaled by the birth of our Savior and King, Jesus Christ.

 

Then on Sunday, December 29th, it’s Meadows Family Christmas! This is a fun and casual service that has become a recent tradition here at Meadows. First we get to mingle and eat breakfast goodies while we hear our student musicians perform Christmas music. Then we will gather in the sanctuary to sing traditional Christmas songs, hear Andrew’s final reflections on the Christmas season, exchange gifts, and take a family picture. It’s tons of fun and a great way for us as a fellowship to wrap up our Christmas season together.

 

I look forward to worshiping with you all… Merry Christmas!

 

Mark

 

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