12.15.13 Worship Confessional

FINAL_AC_logo_300On the third Sunday of Advent, we delved into the realty that as an Advent people, sometimes we wonder if what we are waiting for will ever show up? But because Jesus has come, the rules have changed –  light sometimes pierces the darkness and springs sometimes do appear in the desert. And because Jesus will come again, things that we might think might never happen will indeed take place. As the prophet Isaiah wrote:

The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus,  it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God. Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.”

Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert. The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs. In the haunts where jackals once lay, grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.

And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it.  No lion will be there, nor any ravenous beast; they will not be found there. But only the redeemed will walk there, and those the Lord has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away. (Isaiah 35:1-10)

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Song of Hope (Robbie Seay Band)
  • Call to Worship
  • Sing, Sing, Sing (Chris Tomlin)
  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel (Aaron Shust version)
  • Scripture Reading: Isaiah 35:1-10
  • The Jesse Tree
  • O Come Divine Messiah (Jennie Lee Riddle)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message  (Advent 3: From Never to Will)
  • Reprise: O Come Divine Messiah

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

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