Monday, December 12, 2016

Advent 2016 Series: Hope Breaks Through + Saturday, December 10, 2016

Welcome! Bienvenido! Akwaaba! Mirë se vjen! خوش آمدید Bem-vindos! 歡迎光臨!
We invite you to hear and respond to the history-altering, world-restoring, life-transforming Christmas message that Jesus is the Prince of Peace and the Light of the worldWe invite you to wonder about Him, anticipate Him meeting you, and receive Him as the greatest gift of salvation you could ever receive. Join with us as we discover again how His Word and His Spirit help us to humbly follow Him in every area of life as His family of servants and ambassadors who graciously love our neighbors and generously serve our city for the glory of God and for the life of the world.

Previous Advent 2016 Series Liturgy and Sermon Audio:

Peace Breaks Through + Saturday, December 3, 2016

Bible Passages 

An Innkeeper's Dilemma | Luke 2:7: And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

A Wise Man's Question | Matthew 2:1-2: Wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw His star when it rose and have come to worship Him.”

A Shepherd's Declaration | Luke 2:17-18: And when the shepherds saw Mary, Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.

Jesus, Be Born Among Us, Be Born Within Us

Dear God, in the darkness of the virgin's womb the holy child grows. In the darkness of the world's pain, the blessed light begins to kindle. In the darkness of our own doubting of You and of ourselves, the great hope begins to rise again like a lump in the throat: the hope that You will come to us truly, that the child will be born again in our midst, the Prince of Peace in a world at war, the hope that You will ransom us and our world from the darkness that seeks to destroy us.

O Lord, the gift of new life, new light, can be a gift truly only if we open ourselves to receive it. So this is our prayer, Lord: that You will open our eyes to see Your glory in the coming again of light each day, open our ears to hear the angels' hymn in the stirring within us of joy at the coming of the child, open our hearts to the transforming power of Your love as it comes to us through the love of all those who hold us most dear and have sacrificed most for us.

Be born among us that we may ourselves be born. Be born within us that by words and deeds of love we may bear the tidings of Your birth to a world that dies for lack of love. We ask in Jesus' name. Amen.

+ Frederick Buechner, "Come and See"

Jesus’ Prayer for His Disciples
Matthew 6:9-13

Our Father in heaven, 
May Your name be kept holy.
May Your Kingdom come.
May Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread
And forgive us our sins
As we have forgiven those
Who sin against us.
And don’t let us
Yield to temptation,
But rescue us
From the evil one.
(For Yours is the Kingdom,
The power and the glory forever. Amen.)

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
By Charles Wesley
1744 A.D.

Come Thou long expected Jesus,
Born to set Thy people free.
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel's strength and consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art.
Dear desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

Joy to those who long to see Thee,
Day-spring from on high appear.
Come Thou promised Rod of Jesse,
Of Thy birth we long to hear.
O'er the hills the angels singing,
News glad tidings of a birth.
Go to Him your praises bringing,
Christ the Lord has come to earth.

Come to earth to taste our sadness,
He whose glories knew no end.
By His life He brings us gladness,
Our Redeemer, Shepherd, Friend.
Leaving riches without number,
Born within a cattle stall.
This the everlasting wonder:
Christ was born Lord of all.

Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a King.
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious Kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal spirit,
Rule in all our hearts alone.
By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.

Day of Glory
By Austin Stone Worship
2012 A.D.

day, a day of promise,
A hope to end our woe,
day that tells of triumph
Against our vanquished foe!

In flesh His entrance humble,
The swaddling clothes His robe, 
The meek displayed in power, 

The Prince of Peace now known!

Let angels shout the triumph 
As mortals raise their voice, 
"Behold the Son of heav'n and earth, 
The King of Kings is born!"

day, a day of glory,
When Jesus calls us home.
Our glorious King eternal
Returning for His own!

Gloria, gloria, gloria,
Our King has come!

The Cradle and the Cross
By Austin Stone Worship
2013 A.D.

Oh the beauty and the loss
Of the cradle and the cross,
The Son of God so humbly
Sent for us.
Into darkness came the light,
Faith of fathers became sight

When the Christ arrived
To save the fold of God.

Humanity embraced,
He left a perfect place,
The prize of God in
Lowly manger lay.
Angels shout with joyous song,
Saints and sinners sing along

In the highest place, Glory, Gloria!

Emmanuel, God with us!
The Lamb of God slain for us!
Finally, our hope’s secured
By the beauty of
The cradle and the cross.

The Creator of the stars,
Then in flesh received the scars

On the cross He paid
The debt of sinners earned.
And even death could not Him hold,
Peace on earth we see unfold
As the risen Christ
Ascends in victory!

Stars and angels
Sing around You,

Hearts unfold like
Flowers before You,
Joyful, joyful
We adore You,

By Matt Papa, Matt Boswell, 
and Michael Bleecker
2013 A.D.

Come behold the wondrous mystery
In the dawning of the King.
He the theme of heaven’s praises,
Robed in frail humanity.
In our longing, in our darkness,
Now the light of life has come!
Look to Christ, who condescended,
Took on flesh to ransom us.

Come behold the wondrous mystery
He the perfect Son of Man.
In His living, in His suffering,
Never trace nor stain of sin.
See the true and better Adam
Come to save the hell-bound man!
Christ the great and sure fulfillment

Of the law; in Him we stand.

Come behold the wondrous mystery
Christ the Lord upon the tree,
In the stead of ruined sinners
Hangs the Lamb in victory.
See the price of our redemption!
See the Father’s plan unfold!
Bringing many sons to glory,
Grace unmeasured, love untold!

Come behold the wondrous mystery
Slain by death the God of life.
But no grave could e’er restrain Him.
Praise the Lord; He is alive!
What a foretaste of deliverance!
How unwavering our hope!
Christ in power resurrected

As we will be when He comes!

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
By Charles Wesley and 
George Whitfield
1739 A.D.

"Hark!" The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild, 
God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations rise, 
Join the triumph of the skies
With angelic host proclaim 
“Christ is born in Bethlehem.”
"Hark!" The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Christ, by highest heaven adored; 
Christ, the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come, 
Offspring of a virgin's womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; 
Hail the incarnate Deity!
Pleased with us in flesh to dwell, 
Jesus, our Immanuel.
"Hark!" The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Hail the Heav'n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings, 
Ris'n with healing in His wings.
Mild He lays His glory by, 
Born that man no more may die.
Born to raise the sons of earth, 
Born to give them second birth.
"Hark!" The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

By Isaac Watts
1719 A.D.

All of heaven and
All creation sing
The wonders of His love!

Joy to the World ,
The Lord has come!

Let earth
Receive her King;

Let every heart
Prepare Him room,

And Heaven
And nature sing,

And Heaven
And nature sing,

And Heaven, and Heaven,
And nature sing!

No more let sins
And sorrows grow,

Nor thorns
Infest the ground;

He comes to make
His blessings flow

Far as the curse
Is found,

Far as the curse
Is found,

Far as, far as,
The curse is found!

He rules the world
With truth and grace,

And makes
The nations prove
The glories of
His righteousness,

And wonders of His love,

And wonders of His love,

And wonders, wonders,
of His love!


May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. + Romans 15:13

Next post: Advent 2016: Joy Breaks Through

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