12.22.13 Worship Confessional

FINAL_AC_logo_300Christmas can be a messy business. Hearts ache, nerves fray, and tempers flare. Losses resurface and wounds re-open. We cry out (or at least think), “It’s not supposed to be like this.” And still, in the midst of the mess, Jesus arrives. During Advent, we need a reminder that messiness is actually the point. Messiness made the incarnation necessary. Only Jesus could restore us to our rightful image-the image of God, which we twisted and disfigured through our persistent refusal to love God and to love others as we should. And so, amid the messiness, the Word became flesh and, as Eugene Peterson puts it, moved into the neighborhood.” (Alix Riley, The Messiness of Christmas)

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Come Thou Long Expected Jesus (Daniel Renstrom version)
  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel (Aaron Shust version)
  • The Jesse Tree
  • O Come Divine Messiah Come (Jennie Lee Riddle)
  • Message (Advent: Into the Mess)
  • Came to My Rescue (Hillsong)

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

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