12.23.12 Worship Confessional

It would be quite wrong to think that the way to become charitable is to sit trying to manufacture affectionate feelings… The rule for all of us is perfectly simple.  Do not waste time bothering whether you “love” your neighbor; act as if you did.  As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets.  When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him. If you injure someone you dislike, you will find yourself disliking him more. If you do him a good turn, you will find yourself disliking him less….Whenever we do good to another self, just because it is a self, made (like us) by God, and desiring its own happiness as we desire ours, we shall have learned to love it a little more or, at least, to dislike it less… The worldly man treats certain people kindly be cause he “likes” them: the Christian, trying to treat everyone kindly, finds himself liking more and more people as he goes on—including people he could not even have imagined himself liking at the beginning. (C.S.Lewis)

This morning we brought closure to the season of Advent and our Advent Conspiracy series. Katherine Sikma shared a message from 1 John 4 around the final AC theme of Love All reminding us that we one of the primary ways that God makes God’s love known in the world is through those of us who have received God’s love in Christ Jesus.

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Love Came Down (Ben Cantelon)
  • Advent Reading from Isaiah 7
  • The Advent Antiphons
  • O Come O Come Emmanuel (Lincoln Brewster version)
  • What Child Is This (Third Day Version)
  • The Sacrament of Baptism
  • How He Loves (John Mark McMillan)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (Love All)
  • Love Came Down

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