Sunday, December 23, 2018

Advent '18 Series Week 4 | Magnify Jesus, Our Savior w/ Pastor Tra'Vorus Weaver + Saturday, December 22

Welcome! Bienvenido! Akwaaba! Mirë se vjen! خوش آمدید Bem-vindos! 歡迎光臨! Céad míle fáilte! We invite you to listen with us to the Advent message that Jesus is Immanuel, God with us, the Messiah and Prince of Peace, our Lord and Savior.Wonder with us what this might mean personally for you,as well as in our city, as we consider this history-altering,
world-restoring, life-transforming Good News.

Homily Audio | Advent Week 4: Magnify Jesus, Our Savior

Homily Scriptures | Matthew 1:18-23; Luke 2:4-11

O Come All Ye Faithful
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!

Joy to the World
Isaac Watts, 1719 A.D.

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

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!

Let earth receive her King;

Let every heart prepare Him room,

And heaven and nature sing ... (x2)
And heaven and heaven and nature sing! (Refrain)

Joy to the world, the Savior reigns!

Let men their songs employ;

While fields and floods,
Rocks, hills, and plains

Repeat the sounding joy ... (x2)
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy! (Refrain)

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 ... (x2)
Far as, far as the curse is found! (Refrain)

He rules the world with truth and grace,

And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,

And wonders of His love ... (x2)
And wonders, wonders of His love!

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
C. Wesley & G. 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!”

The Cradle and the Cross
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!"

Immanuel, 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! (Chorus)

Stars and angels sing around You, "Gloria!"

Hearts unfold like flowers before You, "Gloria!"
Joyful, joyful, we adore You, "Gloria!" (Chorus)

O Holy Night
Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure, 1847 A.D.

O holy night, the stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth;
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
'Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn;
Fall on your knees, oh hear the angel voices!
O night divine! O night when Christ was born.
O night, O holy night, O night divine.

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
Over the world a star is sweetly gleaming,
Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friends.
He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is Love and His gospel is Peace;
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother,
And in His name all oppression shall cease,
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we;
Let all within us praise his Holy name!
Christ is the Lord! Oh praise His name forever!
His pow'r and glory, evermore proclaim!
His pow'r and glory, evermore proclaim!

Corporate Prayer of Confession and Assurance
Is. 6:5-8Dan. 9:4-19Neh. 1:5-10Lk. 23:34

Call: Loving God and mighty Savior,
help us remember the birth of Jesus,
that we may share in the song of the angels,
the gladness of the shepherds,
and the worship of the wise men.

Close the door of hate
and open the door of love all over the world.
Let kindness come with every gift
and good desires with every greeting.
Grant that we may share with all our hearts
in this: the profound mystery of Advent.
Put into the hearts of children, women, and men
the peace and joy brought by Christ incarnate.
Immanuel! God with us! Amen and amen!

+ Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil

Prayers of Preparation for Eucharist
Matthew 26:26-291 Corinthians 11:23-26

Prayer seeking more from Jesus
Jesus, You claim to be the Way,
the Truth and the Life.
If what You claim is true,
please reveal to me who You are.
Give me an understanding of You
that is clear and convincing. Amen.

Prayer for Communion with Jesus
Jesus, grant that we may be filled
by You, the true Bread and Vine.
Be present with us, strengthen us,
and empower us to be Your witnesses
together as we seek first Your Kingdom
until You return and make all things new. Amen.

Eucharist | Thanking God for Communion with Christ and His Church

Benediction Based on 
John 14:27 & Matthew 28:20

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
And remember, I am with you always, to the end."

Next sermon audio and liturgy notes: Christmastide '18 | Magnify Jesus, the Son of God, Who Increases Child-Like Faith in Us

Christ is all,

Rev. Mike "Sully" Sullivan

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