11.27.11 Worship Confessional

Happy Liturgical New Year!

Today is the first Sunday of the season of Advent and as such marks the beginning of the liturgical year. Followers of Christ for generations have followed the liturgical calender as a means to delve more deeply into the mystery and wonder of God’s salvation history.

Advent is a four week period set aside as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Christ. As well, it is a time when Christians long for the return of Jesus, His second advent, when he will establish the kingdom f God in its fullness. As Bobby Gross writes in Living the Christian Year: Time to Inhabit the Story of God,

“In Advent we focus on three comings of Christ: his arrival in history as a babe born of Mary, his return in fearsome glory at the end of time and his intermediate entrance into our own lives.”

If you are looking for a primer on Advent, take a look at this video from Busted Halo called Advent in Two Minutes.

While I wasn’t quite ready to dive into some of the traditional advent hymns and songs, this morning we used a new song from the Robbie Seay Band called “Slow Me Down.” I think it is a perfect song to frame our engagement of Advent.

Slow me down oh Lord slow me down
Help my heart to hear Your sound
Speak into my life Lord speak now
Slow me down oh Lord slow me down

Clear my mind oh Lord clear my mind
Bring me peace that I cannot find
Take my worldly thoughts break my pride
Clear my mind oh Lord clear my mind

Wake my soul oh Lord wake my soul
With this mess I’ve made make me whole
Of this life called mine take control
Wake my soul oh Lord wake my soul

Question for worship leaders: Do you follow the liturgical calendar? Why or why not?

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Forever (Chris Tomlin)
  • Your Grace Is Enough (Matt Maher)
  • The Prayers of the People (adapted from The Worship Sourcebook)
  • At Your Name (Phil Wickham and Tim Hughes)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Slow Me Down (Robbie Seay Band)
  • Message
  • Communion
  • Reprise: Slow Me Down
  • Benediction

You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this weekend in worship at The Worship Community.

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