Songs and Scenes: The Third Sunday of Advent (December 15, 2013)

Sunday worship, 15 Dec 2013

December 15th is the third 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 It is a season 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 break into the darkness of this broken world and set things right.

1. O Come, O Come Emmanuel – LM 88 88 (Veni Emmanuel), Words: Latin (12th century), Tune: “Processionale” (15th century), Adaptation: Thomas Helmore (1854)

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.

Sunday worship, 15 Dec 2013

2. Call to Worship: John 1:1-5, 9-14.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Sunday worship, 15 Dec 2013

3. The Christ, Our Light by Martin Reardon

When all was dark and without dawn
You gave us Light, you sent your Son.
The Christ, the Christ, He shines, He shines
to take all dark away, away.

Sunday worship, 15 Dec 2013

4. 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.

Sunday worship, 15 Dec 2013

5. Prayer of Lament: We See Things Darkly (adapted from The Open Sourcebook)

Father, we longingly wait for the day when there is no darkness,
no grief, no sorrow, no sin, and no death.

When you return, your light will cast out all sickness,
all weakness, all anxiety, all evil,
and we will be made complete.
We will see your glorious light,
and our souls will overflow with joy, worship, and blessings.

Here, we see things darkly.
The suffering world around us dims our hopes.
Our sinful flesh dulls our hearts.

We confess we desire comfort over holiness,
material gain over your eternal promises, and darkness over light.

Fill our hearts with hope.
Pierce our souls with longing.
Unblind our eyes to your coming kingdom.
Prepare our hearts.
Remove our unrest.
Comfort those who are mourning.
Help your church cling to the promise of Christ’s return,
when his light will cast out all darkness forever.

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

Sunday worship, 15 Dec 2013

6. 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.

Sunday worship, 15 Dec 2013

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

After a time of silent prayer, Kristen led us in singing this song based on an anglican liturgical prayer.

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

Sunday worship, 15 Dec 2013

8. Assurance: Issaiah 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, Behold, 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.

This is the Word of the Lord.

Amen. Come Lord, Jesus!

Sunday worship, 15 Dec 2013


9. 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!”

Sunday worship, 15 Dec 2013

10. Jude Doxology by Cam Huxford

Remember, Jesus reigns above the heavens.
He’s coming, he is coming with his Kingdom.
Do not forget, he is seated on the throne.
Remember, what he has done

To the only God, our Savior Jesus Christ
be glory, honor, power and dominion,
before all time, and now, and ever more!

Sunday worship, 15 Dec 2013

Music Team for December 15, 2013:

Andrew Camp – vox, acoustic and electric guitars, six-string banjo
Kristen Camp – vocals
David Cover – electric and acoustic guitars
Nick Havens – bass
Scott Johnson – worship leader, piano, organ
Benedict Sing – violin
Andrew White – drums

Special thanks to Patrick Miller for his help in planning this morning’s written liturgy.

Tech Team for December 15, 2013:

Jay Atkins – technical director
Ray Batt – sermon and live-stream music cg
Kenton Binkholder – live-stream audio
Tracy Christman – camera operator
T.J. Fenske – camera operator
Kevin Fletcher – video director
Henry Imler – light board operator
Ken Kroll – light designer/director
Eddie McKinzie – music cg
Michael Schobey – camera operator
Tyler Stone – video engineer
Jake Wandel – production manager
Tim Worstell – front of house audio

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