This week we will pause our 1st Corinthians series to spend time in Luke 2, preparing room in our hearts for the King of kings. Please RSVP for the in-person service on Sunday or join us on the livestream. If you are tuning in from home, be sure to read through the Home Worship Guide and say hello in the YouTube comments so we know you are joining us!
Here’s how you can prepare your heart for the Sunday gathering at mDF:
1. Read the Passage: Luke 2:8-20
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service
Call to Worship: Sing We The Song of Emmanuel
Advent Reading & Love Candle Lighting
Leader: Jesus said, “I am the light of the world; the one who follows me will not walk in the darkness but have the light of life.”
Congregation: We light this candle as a sign of the coming light of Christ.
Leader: “Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and our healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.” -Isaiah 58:8 (ESV)
Leader: Come, Lord Jesus, our light and our salvation.
Congregation: Let us walk in the light of the Lord.
Song of Adoration: Come Thou Fount
Scripture Reading: Luke 2:1-7
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
Sermon: Prepare Him Room
- 1: What we’re fighting against.
- 2: Where we often find ourselves (Luke 2:8-9).
- 3: How Christmas changes everything (Luke 2:10-14).
- 4: How we can remember that everything has changed.
- 5: What we should do with this message (Luke 2:15-20).
- Which aspects of this familiar passage stand out to you in a fresh way today?
- Over the past four weeks, what have you learned about yourself? Your struggles/anxieties? How can the formative practices (means of grace) we have discussed help?
- Family Question: What could our family change about our habits in 2021 to be more aware of God’s presence and love?
Communion: An Advent Prayer of Confession
we confess our willingness to be loved
but also our reluctance to love.
We confess our readiness to accept your forgiving love
but also our refusal to forgive.
We confess our eagerness to grasp your offer of redeeming love
but also our resistance to follow you without question.
In this Advent time, forgive us our failure
to respond as we should.
Come to us anew, and by your grace, assist us to receive you
with joy, as the shepherds;
with gratitude, as Simeon;
with obedience, as Mary;
with love, as you have loved us.
Even so: come, Lord Jesus. Amen.
–The Worship Sourcebook
Song of Confession: O Come O Come Emmanuel
Song of Assurance: Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Benediction: Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.