12.27.15 Worship Confessional

christmas messIt dawned on me for the first time, really. It has dawned on me before, but it really sank in, the Christmas story. The idea that God, if there is a force of Love and Logic in the universe, that it would seek to explain itself is amazing enough. That it would seek to explain itself by becoming a child born in straw poverty, in shit and straw…a child…I just thought ‘Wow!’  Just the poetry…Unknowable love, unknowable power describes itself as the most vulnerable. (Bono)

The gremlins don’t go on vacation. Checks bounce, chemotherapy appointments are scheduled, interventions are planned, relationships keep unravelling, being alone feels even lonelier, parents negotiate who will have the kids on Christmas morning, and the “never enoughs” are in full swing.As I prepare to spend the next few days with my family and friends I come back to this: I will find my holiday magic in the mess. I will practice love and gratitude with the special group of folks who keep showing up and loving me, not despite my vulnerabilities, but because of them. (Brené Brown)

God of heaven and earth, you promise to make your blessings known as far as the curse is found. We pray for that, and we live for that. In our vocations and occupations, give us the wisdom and grace and skill to keep on keeping on, that the work of our hands will be integral to that blessing in the worlds of business and banking, politics and the arts, education and the law, health care and international development, at home and all over the world– as far as the curse is found. Amen. (Steve Garber)

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Joy to the World (Shane and Shane version)
  • Angels We Have heard on High (Shane and Shane version)
  • Adore (Chris Tomlin)
  • O Come Let Us Adore Him
  • Isaiah 9:6-7
  • What Child Is This (Third Day version)
  • Announcement and Offering
  • The Good Shepherd (Barb York)
  • Message (The Mess of Christmas)
  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman (Jars of Clay version)

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