Song and Scenes: The First Sunday of Advent (December 2, 2012)

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December 2nd is the first Sunday of Advent 2012. Advent (which means “coming” or “arrival”) is a season where the church remembers Christ’s first coming and anticipates his promised return and is characterized by prayer, quiet waiting and joyful expectation.

Sojourn Community Church Worship Pastor, Mike Cosper said, “Advent should be dark and tense. The world desperately needs a Savior, and in Advent we should feel the weight of that longing.” This is one of the reasons why The Crossing spends so much time in the Old Testament prophecies during our Advent services. When read them together we express (like the Israelites before us) a longing for Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, to come, pierce the cold darkness of this broken creation and set things right.

We started our service by reading Isaiah 9:2 and 7:14 as our call to worship while lighting the first candle of Advent.

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

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O Come, O Come Emmanuel – LM 88 88 (Veni Emmanuel), Words: Latin (12th century), Tune: “Processionale” (15th century), Adaptation: Thomas Helmore (1854), Adapted from an arrangement by Matthew Smith

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

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Savior of the Nations, Come – Words: Ambrose (4th Century), Martin Luther (1523), Traditional: Calvin Seerveld (1984), Music: Enchiridia, Erfurt (1524), Arr. Bruce Benedict (2009)

Bruce Benedict (who adapted “Savior of the Nations, Come”) gives insight into the hymn’s history and meaning in his blog, Cardiphonia.

“Savior of the Nations, Come” is a fairly obscure but ancient hymn that beautifully reflects the themes of advent as well as reinforcing the tenants of the Apostles Creed, the humility of Christ (Phil 2), His Intercession, and the gloried anticipation of his expected return.

Savior of the nations, come;
Virgin’s Son, here make Thy home!
Marvel now, O heaven and earth,
That the Lord chose such a birth.

Praise to you, O Lord, we sing.
Praise to Christ, our newborn King!
With the Father, Spirit, one,
Let your lasting kingdom come

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The Church Has Waited Long – Words: Horatius Bonar (1845), Music: Scott Johnson

The whole creation groans,
and waits to hear that voice
that shall her comeliness restore,
and make her wastes rejoice.
Come, Lord, and wipe away
the curse, the sin, the stain,
and make this blighted world of ours
Thine own fair world again.

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Following a time of silent prayer, asking God to calm the unrest in our hearts with the assurance of Christ’s return, Kristen read from Isaiah 25:8-9.

Then the LORD GOD will wipe away the tears from all faces,
and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken.

It will be said on that day,
“This is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us.
This is the LORD for whom we have waited;
let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

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The Revelation of Jesus Christ by Cam Huxford

I saw a new heaven and a new earth,
for the first had passed away.
I saw a new city, Jerusalem;
a bride on her wedding day.
I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
“look at the dwelling place of God.”
He will dwell with them, they will be his people,
and He will be their God.

Wipe away every tear from our eyes.
Death will be no more.

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Jesus Messiah by Chris Tomlin, Daniel Carson, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves

His body the bread, His blood the wine,
Broken and poured out, all for love.
The whole earth trembled and the veil was torn.
Love so amazing, love so amazing.

Jesus, Messiah, Name above all names,
Blessed Redeemer, Emmanuel.
The Rescue for sinners. The Ransom from heaven.
Jesus Messiah, Lord of all.

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The Mystery of Faith – Words: Traditional english liturgy, Music by Scott Johnson and David Wilton

Christ has died, Christ has risen,
Christ will come again.
Emmanuel, Emmanuel
Christ will come again.

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Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus – Words: Charles Wesley (1745), Music: Christine Cover and Greg Weile, Arrangement: The Crossing Music

Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s Strength and Consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear Desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

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This week’s photos were graciously provided by Ben Walton.

Music and Tech Team for December 2, 2012:

Walt Beeson – upright bass
Andrew Camp – vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, six-string banjo
Kristen Camp – vocals
XiaoXiao Du – violin
Ashley Gross – vocals, percussion
Scott Johnson – worship leader, keyboard, acoustic guitar, banjo
Andrew Luley – drums
Benedict Sin – violin
Ethan Vizitei – vibraphone

Jay Atkins – camera operator
Joy Barbero – light board operator
Kenton Binkholder – video engineer
Kameron Bong – tech assistant
Mike Conant – sermon media
David Cover – live stream audio
Scott Jones – camera operator
Ken Kroll – production director, light designer
Darin Nichols – music media
Gerik Parmele – video/tech director
Kate Shanks – live stream media
Ryan Stoll – camera operator
Jake Wandel – production manager,
Tim Worstell – audio
Phil Vinyard – IMAG technical director

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