Meditations while planning worship for Sunday, December 6, 2020 (2nd Sunday of Advent)
Sermon Series: Responding To Christmas
Sermon Title: Zechariah’s Christmas
Primary Scripture: Luke 1:5-25
Sunday worship is upon us again! Whether you are choosing to worship with us at home or in person, please know that your presence makes our time together even richer. Before I dive into this Sunday’s “Peeking Behind The Curtain”, I want to give you an encouragement to stay connected. I know it is so tempting to sleep in and to tell yourself that you will watch the service later, but I would encourage you to join us anyway. God designed humanity in a very specific way – to look like Him! Just as our God is in community with himself (the Trinity – Father, Spirit, Jesus) we are encouraged to remain in community together! This time of pandemic is very challenging, if I am being honest I have noticed my own motivation slipping, but let us encourage each other on by our presence in each other’s lives. So, get up and join us in “real time” online (8:45 am) so you can see and interact with your church family…we need each other! Please remember that we are still welcoming people to be with us in person. We are permitted to have 58 in person (with masks). We have not even come close to maxing that number out, so please come as you are comfortable.
There is a special worship leadership surprise for us to enjoy over the next two weeks as our partnership with The Flying W Ranch continues… You don’t want to miss it!
We are opening the service with another wonderful carol specific to the season of Advent, “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus”. Learn the history of this carol by clicking HERE. The lyrics of “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus” focus on God choosing to give a Messiah to the world in the form of Jesus. It also focuses on the Old Testament Israelites longing for the Messiah to come and take the burden of sins from them to take them upon himself. As we prepare our hearts for Christ’s coming to us, I love how the first verse reminds us that Jesus can free us from our fears, and that he is our source of hope and joy.
Pastor Dave is going to be challenging us on WHAT is we believe, and HOW we believe in the midst of trials by using the example of Zechariah from Luke 1:5-25. To prepare our hearts and minds together, we will recite together the Apostles’ Creed and verbalize our foundational beliefs in the Christian fellowship.
Our second song is new to our congregation, but is a “fight song” for us as we continue to live in these trying times, “Stand In Your Love”. This song reminds every singer that no matter what it is that is challenging and hurting you, the fear of those things are no match to the love of God that we can choose to stand on… speaking of beliefs, do believe that? Do you believe that no matter how far, how big, how bad, how scary, how embarrassing something might be, the power of God’s love breaks every single chain? I hope you do, because it is true!
The Hagins family will be leading us in lighting the second candle of Advent, the candle of peace. Our prayer is that we each rest in God’s peace, His shalom, His put-back-togetherness (as Pastor Dave says) and as we continue our journey towards the manger.
After Pastor Dave provides the teaching for the week, we will conclude the service by declaring what it is that we do believe by singing, “We Believe”. There is power in our belief – the lost can be found and the dead in spirit can be raised. We have all been/will be like Zechariah and loose faith when we find ourselves in the midst of challenge, but may we be reminded that belief in God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy spirit gives new life to everyone who comes into contact with it.
Bless you my brother’s in sisters. I look forward to being in worship with you!
December 6 worship set: