Preparing for Worship – Dec 6

from Mark Hoffman

We are already a week into December, can you believe it? I sincerely hope that your Christmas season has gotten off to a good start, and that you’ve been able to still find Jesus amidst the hustle and bustle that comes along with this time of year. A great way to keep ourselves grounded in the true meaning of Christmas is to gather for worship each Sunday. Here’s what we will be doing this week…

Come and worship,

Come and worship,

Worship Christ, the newborn King!

This familiar refrain calls us together for this second week of Advent to worship our King, Jesus Christ. We will open our service in song with Angels From The Realms Of Glory and As With Gladness Men Of Old. As we light the second candle on the Advent wreath, we will consider the theme of Anticipation found in Isaiah 25:1,6-9 and respond together with It Came Upon the Midnight Clear.

Following 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. In response to the revealed “mystery” of Jesus Christ, we sing the song of anticipation, Come Thou Long Expected Jesus. Concluding our service will be a time of Giving, prayer, and a Benediction.

I recently read these thoughts on the Christmas season from author and pastor Max Lucado:

It’s the season to be jolly because, more than at any other time, we think of him. More than in any other season, his name is on our lips.

And the result?

For a few precious hours, he is beheld. Christ the Lord. Those who pass the year without seeing him, suddenly see him. People who have been accustomed to using his name in vain, pause to use it in praise. Eyes, now free of the blinders of self, marvel at his majesty.

All of a sudden he’s everywhere…

Soon life will be normal again. December’s generosity will become January’s payments and the magic will begin to fade. But for the moment, the magic is still in the air…

Let’s embrace the “magic” of the Christmas season. Let’s be awestruck that God became human, that Jesus came for us. Let’s prepare to gather for worship this Sunday and marvel at the wonderful Mystery of Christmas.  

See you on Sunday,

Mark