This year is the 200th anniversary of the debut of Silent Night. This hymn has become the best-loved worship moment of many Christians—even those who only come to church once a year. Something mystical occurs as we light our candles and sing the hope of “all is calm, all is bright”—peace and light for the world. This worship series celebrates the carol’s message over the entire season of Advent, using a verse each week. This series highlights the hymns call for our lives—to bring calm and bright to our own corners of this world. May that call guide us all year long…
December 2 – Advent 1 – Verse 1
“Sleep in Heavenly Peace” – PEACE
Isaiah 2:1-4, 9:2, 6-7 – The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light…On Christmas Day in 1914, British and German soldiers on the front lines of World War II had an unofficial truce. They met one another on the battlefield without weapons, exchanging greetings and small gifts, playing soccer. It was a glimpse of the heavenly peace God desires for all creation.
Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper
December 9 – Advent 2 – Verse 2
“Glories Stream” – JOY
Psalm 86:9-11, Luke 2:8-20 Awe at the transformative glory of what God can do in our lives is the focus of this week. Glories are streaming everyday and everywhere if we only have eyes to see…
December Birthday Blessing
December 16 – Advent 3 – Verse 3
“Redeeming Grace” – LOVE
On this Sunday, we will hear the beautiful opening words of John’s gospel about the light and life that came into the world in the Word made flesh, Jesus. Then our choir will sing a collection of songs in the spirit of this worship series and the season.
December 23 – Advent 4 – Verse 4
“Let us Sing” – HOPE
Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 2:1-12
…with the angels let us sing, “Alleluia” to our King…
Because Jesus is King/Lord and Caesar is not, as we live and work and serve, we look to the One whose power is love. And that’s what gives us hope!