Songs and Scenes: The Second Sunday of Advent (December 8, 2013)

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December 8th is the second Sunday of Advent 2013. 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.

1. Call to Worship/Candle Lighting: Based on Isaiah 42:16

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known,
along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
I will turn the darkness into light before them
and make the rough places smooth.
These are the things I will do;
I will not forsake them.

Come, Lord Jesus,
our light and our salvation.
Let us walk in the light of the Lord.

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2. Day of Christ by Andrew Camp, Christine Cover, David A. Cover, & Andrew Luley

Wading through the darkened tide,
waiting for this curse to die;
Day of Christ, arise on us,
illuminate Your promise.

We wait, we watch, we long for Your kingdom!
We wait, we watch, we long for You, Jesus.

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3. 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 The Sing Team

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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4. Prayer of Confession: From the Worship Sourcebook

Merciful God,?always with us, always coming:

We confess that we do not know?
how to prepare for your Advent.
We have forgotten how to hope in miracles;
we have ignored the promise of your kingdom;
we get distracted by all the busyness of this season.
Forgive us, God.?

Grant us the simple wonder of the shepherds,?
the intelligent courage of the Magi,
and the patient faith of Mary and Joseph,
that we may journey with them to Bethlehem?
and find the good news of a child born for us.
Now, in the quiet of our hearts,
?we ask you to make us ready for his coming.

Amen.

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5. This is The Christ – Words: Martin Luther (1535), Translation: Catherine Winkworth (1855), Music: Sandra McCracken. We used Sojourn Music’s arrangement this morning.

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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6. Assurance: Zephaniah 3;14-17

Sing aloud, O daughter Zion;
shout, O Israel!
Rejoice and exult with all your heart,
O daughter Jerusalem!
15 The Lord has taken away the judgments against you,
he has turned away your enemies.
The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;
you shall fear disaster no more.
16 On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:
Do not fear, O Zion;
do not let your hands grow weak.
17 The Lord, your God, is in your midst,
a warrior who gives victory;
he will rejoice over you with gladness,
he will renew you[a] in his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.

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7. A Day of Glory by Chris Collins, Justin Cofield, Aaron Ivey, Matt Carter (based on hymn text by John M. Neale)

Austin Stone church provided a helpful explanation of the theological roots of this new song. Here’s an excerpt.

We reflect on Christ’s coming as a day when God’s glorious light pierced the gloomy darkness (Isaiah 60:1-6), and we also look forward to His return as a future day of glory when He will make all things new (Revelation 21:5-6). The lyrics of the song “Day of Glory” cause us to reflect on the glorious reality of Christ’s coming and to direct our hearts toward the future day of glory when we will behold our great King in the fullness of His majesty.

You can read the full text here.

A day, a day of promise,
a hope to end our woe
A day that tells of triumph
against our vanquished foe

In flesh His entrance humble,
the swaddling clothes His robe
The meek displayed in power,
the Prince of Peace now known

Let angels shout the triumph
as mortals raise their voice,
“Behold the Son of heav’n and earth,
the King of Kings is born!”

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8. Prayer: From “Thoughts on Solitude” by Thomas Merton

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road,
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore I will trust you always
though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

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9. 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.

Christ in glory intercede
for your creatures’ suffering need.
Let your resurrecting power
soon complete the victory hour.

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Music and Tech Teams for December 8, 2013:

Christine Cover – vocals, percussion
David Cover – worship leader, bass, moog bass
Ashley Gross – vocals, percussion
Rhett Johnson – electric guitars
Andrew Luley – drums

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