Songs and Scenes: The First Sunday of Advent 2015

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November 29th is the first Sunday of Advent 2015. Advent (which means “coming” or “arrival”) is a season where the church remembers Christ’s first coming and anticipates his promised return It is a season characterized by prayer, quiet waiting and joyful expectation.

Sojourn Community Church Worship Pastor, Mike Cosper wrote, “Advent should be dark and tense. The world desperately needs a Savior, and in Advent we should feel the weight of that longing.” Today’s liturgy gave voice to that longing. In our gathering we cried out for Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, to break into the darkness of this broken world and make all things new.

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1. Call to Worship: Isaiah 9:1, 6-7

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

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this
.

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2. 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 Sojourn Music

O come, Desire of nations, bind
all peoples in one heart and mind;
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself our King of Peace.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

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3. This is The Christ – Words: Martin Luther (1535), Translation: Catherine Winkworth (1855), Music: Sandra McCracken, Arrangement: Sojourn Music

Good news from heav’n the angels bring
Glad tidings to the earth they sing:
To us this day a child is giv’n,
To crown us with the joy of heav’n.

This is the Christ, our God and Lord,
Who in all need shall aid afford;
He will Himself our Saviour be,
From all our sins to set us free.

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4. Call to Lament (based on “Let’s Rethink Our Holly Jolly Christmas Songs” by Russell Moore)

Russell Moore writes, “Even in the best of times, we all know that we live in a groaning universe, a world of divorce courts and cancer cells and concentration camps. Just as we sing with joy about the coming of the Promised One, we ought also to sing with groaning that he is not back yet.”

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5. 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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6. The Passing of Peace: 2 Peter 3:13-15

We are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness. And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight.

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7. We Will Feast in the House of Zion by Sandra McCracken and Josh Moore

Every vow we’ve broken and betrayed
You are the Faithful one
And from the garden to the grave
Bind us together, bring shalom.

We will feast in the house of Zion.
We will sing with our hearts restored.
He has done great things, we will say together.
We will feast and weep no more.

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8. Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery by Matt Papa, Matt Boswell, and Michael Bleeker

Come behold the wondrous mystery
In the dawning of the King
He the theme of heaven’s praises
Robed in frail humanity

In our longing, in our darkness
Now the light of life has come
Look to Christ, who condescended
Took on flesh to ransom us

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Music Team for November 29, 2015:

Andrew Camp: vocals, electric and acoustic guitars
Kristen Camp: vocals
David Clarke: vocals
David Currey: pedal steel guitar
Scott Johnson: vocals, piano
Andrew Luley: drums
Jeff Schaefer: bass guitar
Guimel Sibingo: vocals

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