12.18.11 Worship Confessional

On this the fourth Sunday of Advent we drew closer to the long expected birth of Jesus the Christ. During the first three Sundays of Advent we have listened to the prophetic words found in Isaiah, but this morning we turned our attention to the message that the angel Gabriel communicated to the young Mary, the one God chose to bear the Son of God and Savior of the world:

“Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end…The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.” (Luke 1:30-37)

As we began our worship this morning we prayed this words from The Worship Sourcebook together:

Father in heaven, our hearts desire the warmth of your love, and our minds are searching for the light of your Word. Increase our longing for Christ, our Savior, and give us the strength to grow in love, that the dawn of his coming may find us rejoicing in his presence and welcoming the light of his truth. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

As you continue your own journey toward Bethlehem and your celebration of Christ’s birth, may your longing for His coming increase and may you create greater space for the light of His truth to take residence in your heart.

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • God is with Us (Trent and Vineyard UK)
  • Come Thou Long Expected Jesus (Daniel Renstrom version)
  • Reading from Luke 1:46-55
  • My Soul Magnifies the Lord (Tomlin and Carson)
  • Prayer of Confession
  • Comfort Ye (Daniel Renstrom)
  • Advent Conspiracy Promo
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message
  • Come Thou Long Expected Jesus (acapella)

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

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  1. Nice service. I like that Daniel Renstrom version of Come Thou Long Expected Jesus. I’ll check out The Worship Sourcebook. Thanks for sharing.
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