Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Advent 2016 Series: Joy Breaks Through + Saturday, December 17, 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:

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.)

By John Francis Wade
1751 A.D.

O come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant!

O come ye, O come ye
To Bethlehem;

Come and behold Him
Born the King of Angels:
O come,
Let us adore Him, (3x)

Christ the Lord!

God of God, light of light,

Lo, He abhors not
The Virgin's womb;

Very God, begotten,
Not created:

O come,
Let us adore Him, (3x)

Christ the Lord!

Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens
Of Heaven above!

Glory to God,
glory in the highest:

O come,
Let us adore Him, (3x)

Christ the Lord!

Yea, Lord, we greet thee,
Born this happy morning;

Jesus, to thee be
All glory given!

Word of the Father,
Now in flesh appearing!

O come,
Let us adore Him, (3x)

Christ the Lord!
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 William Chatterton Dix
1865 A.D.

What child is this, who, laid to rest,
On Mary's lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?
Thisthis is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing:
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The babe, the son of Mary.

Why lies He in such mean estate,
Where ox and donkeys are feeding?
Good Christians, fear, for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.
Nails, spears shall pierce Him through,
The cross He bore for me, for you.
Hail, hail the Word made flesh,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh,
Come, peasant, king, to own Him.
The King of kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.
Raise, raise a song on high,
The virgin sings her lullaby
Joy, joy for Christ is born,
The babe, the Son of Mary.

Thisthis is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing:
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The babe, the son of Mary.

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 Phil Wickham
2013 A.D.

Who breaks the power 

Of sin and darkness?
Whose love is mighty
And so much stronger?
The King of Glory,
The King above all kings!

Who shakes the whole earth
With holy thunder?
And leaves us breathless
In awe and wonder?
The King of Glory,
The King above all kings!

This is amazing grace,
This is unfailing love,
That You would take my place,
That You would bear my cross!
You lay down Your life
That I would be set free!
Jesus, I sing for
All that You've done for me!

Who brings our chaos 
Back into order?
Who makes the orphan
A son and daughter?
The King of Glory,
The King above all kings!
Who rules the nations
With truth and justice,
Shines like the sun in
All of its brilliance!
The King of Glory,
The King above all kings!

Worthy is the Lamb 

Who was slain!
Worthy is the King
Who conquered the grave!

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!

Heidelberg Catechism 
Q&A 1, 1563 A.D.

Q. What is your only comfort in life and death?
 That I am not my own, 1
but belong with body and soul,both in life and in death, 2
to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ. 3
He has fully paid for all my sins
with His precious blood, 4
and has set me freefrom all the power of the devil. 5
He also preserves me in such a way 6
that without the will of my heavenly Fathernot a hair can fall from my head; 7
indeed, all things must work togetherfor my salvation. 8
Therefore, by His Holy Spirit
He also assures meof eternal life 9
and makes me heartily willing and readyfrom now on to live for Him. 10


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

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