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Preparing for Corporate Worship - Advent & Christmas 2018

Written By Ryan Egan on 11/30/2018 | Posted in Christian HistoryCongregational LifeCurrent EventsWorship

This Sunday marks the beginning of the Advent season. This is an important season, not only in the life of the Church as a whole, but also in the life of believers. Too often we hit December and instead of pushing the brakes and resting we floor the gas pedal and find ourselves busier than ever with all sorts of things. These things are usually good things, as well, but often they distract us from pondering what Christmas is truly about.

Why Advent?

The church year is broken up into seasons. Despite the fact that the calendar year starts over in January, the Church calendar actually begins with Advent in December. This season is meant to be a time of reflection and rest; a time of anticipation, not only for the first coming of our Savior, but the second coming as well.

To that end, our congregational music will not instantly be the happy and festive Christmas music that is pervasive on the radio this time of year, but rather will begin with reflective pieces that have a sense of longing. Songs like, "Savior of the Nations, Come," "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence" and "O Come, O Come Emmanuel." As the month goes on we will transition to more traditional carols, but we want our times of corporate worship in early December to be set apart, to help you anticipate the celebration of the first coming of Jesus and fill yourself with wonder and longing for the second.

Shepherding The Shepherds

This coming Sunday Pastor Michael Brandt, of Shepherding the Shepherds, will kick off our Advent season, looking at Luke 2 and the journey of Mary and Joseph. We're excited to have him share the message with us as well as how we can help his ministry.

Preparing for Christmas, Preparing for Christ

Beginning next Wednesday (December 5) we will take a deep look at the first chapter of the book of Luke. This text is an incredible Advent text, looking at the events of many different people leading up to the birth of Jesus. From Zechariah's experience to Mary's response to the news of her pregnancy we will see how these important people prepared for the coming of the Messiah.

As another special element of the service we will be seeing the text from Luke 2 come to life in visual fashion as we watch a word-for-word translation be put to film in clips we will see within each service on Wednesdays and Sundays.

The series will also feature our annual Sunday School Christmas program on December 9th, which is always a joyous time together!

Advent and Christmas Music

Throughout this month, as we usually do, we will be posting recordings of the music to listen to and learn. Much of the music we sing will be familiar carols but a few ancient Advent hymns and a couple new Christmas and Advent songs will be used as well. You can head to our music resource page to see each service's music and listen to and learn it. As well you can head to a Spotify playlist of most of the songs we will be singing throughout the season (Spotify requires a software download and account to use).

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Ryan serves as Director of Worship & Creative Arts at Living Word. He is a follower of Jesus, husband, father of three, worshiper and creative.

T-minus six days until all-out Christmas music. #trulyexcited #bringiton

Posted on 11/19/2017
Sunday Worship at 9 am | Christian Education at 10:30 am

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