Today was both the first Sunday of Christmas and New Years Day – a unique fusion of liturgical and secular calendars. During our worship gathering we continued to press deeper into the mystery of the Incarnation through songs of the season, prayers, Scripture and by coming to the Table of the Lord. And in my message, taking cues from Simeon in Luke 2:25-27, I challenged our community to move into the new year with a resolve to be people “in the Spirit.” Guided by the Spirit, in 2012, what things should we stop doing, keep doing and start doing?
Question: How did you seize the opportunity the liturgical and secular calendars presented today? Did your worship continue with the season of Christmas or focus on the New Year?
If you are not familiar with spoken word artist, Amena Brown make sure you check out the video, Unlikely Situations. She has an amazing gift and her perspective on the Christmas story was a powerful element in our worship gathering this morning.
Here is our complete worship flow:
- Creator of the Stars of Night (High Street Hymns)
- Reading from Psalm 148
- O Come Let Us Adore Him (Hillsong)
- Come and Worship (Bebo Norman)
- Responsive Reading (The Worship Sourcebook)
All God’s people— men and women, boys and girls:
Come and worship!
Shepherds, Magi, saints, and angels:
Come and worship! Come and worship!
All who need the Savior, all who long for comfort:
Come and worship, come and worship Christ, the newborn King!
- God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (December Audio)
- Announcements and Offering
- Video: Unlikely Situations (Amena Brown)
- Message from Luke 2:21-40
- What Child Is This
You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this weekend in worship at The Worship Community.