Meditations while planning worship for Sunday, December 13, 2020 (3rd Sunday of Advent)
Sermon Series: Responding To Christmas
Sermon Title: The Shepherd’s Christmas
Primary Scripture: Luke 2:8-20
Happy third Sunday of Advent! The Lindstrom family will lead us in lighting the candle of Joy. I came across this song this week and really like it because the title explains it best, “Feels Like Joy“. While this song has nothing to do with my worship plan for this Sunday, I did want to share it with you just to get your toes tapping as we reflect on the joy that is available to us through God in Christ. I pray that each of you feel/find a rich joy that surpasses all understanding this Advent season.
This weekend we are blessed to have Aaron & Mellisa Weil of The Flying W Wranglers with us as guest worship leaders. Aaron will lead us in the opening song of the service in singing a wonderful carol of the season, “O Come, All Ye Faithful”. Learn the history of this carol by clicking HERE. I have always appreciated how this song calls all of God’s faithful people to come and adore Him. It is written so that you immediately think of the nativity characters that came to the manger on that foretold night and adored (worshiped) the Christ child in a manger. While we are thousands of years removed from that event, the invitation is the same for us – to come and behold him while we offer our adoration. Remember, worship is so much more than an hour long activity confined to Sunday mornings…it is a lifestyle! I look forward to humbling myself before Christ tomorrow along side you, my brothers and sisters.
Our second song, “Is He Worthy?”, continues in the same vein as we simply spend time at the top of the service pouring out our praises to God for who He is – faithful, good, present, gracious, patient, loving, unwavering, etc. We will start the service singing about our adoration of Him, and is He worthy of such adoration and praise? HE IS!
Pastor Dave will then provide for us the teaching from Luke 2:8-20 and challenge us in how the Shepherd’s responded in their experience. Join me in praying that God’s spirit would move in His people and that maybe tomorrow someone would re-commit (or maybe for the first time) their life to Christ.
We will close the service with a song that is new to our congregation, but beautifully powerful, “Christmas Offering”. This song reminds us that no matter who we are, or where we come from, we all have the opportunity to offer the same thing – ourselves! The shepherd’s were simple men, at the very bottom of the social pecking order, and yet, God sent them a personal invitation to this sacred event through an angelic encounter. What that tells us that that each of our worship is worthy and acceptable for a King who came for ALL people. Will you join me in placing yourself as an offering before God tomorrow? I look forward to being with you in worship in-person at the Flying W Ranch or live-streamed at 8:45 am on our Facebook page, YouTube Channel, and website.
December 13 worship set: