DECEMBER 14, 2017
"Getting Ready for Sunday" is a resource we provide to help the church look ahead to the upcoming Sunday. We want to prepare well for gathering together by reading God’s word, praying, and singing.
This week we continue the season of Advent. Find out more about why we celebrate Advent here.
This week we are looking at Matthew 2:1-12 and seeing how like the magi, we ought to respond to Jesus with extravagant praise, for all nations will come to the King.
1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand;
Joy is the theme of the third week of Advent. In the season of Advent, we reflect on the story of Christ’s incarnation and look forward to when he will return bringing true joy to our world. Isaiah 61 shows us that the joy Christ brings is not a shallow, temporary happiness. Instead it is a joy that comes from Christ overturning injustice and bringing deep, permanent healing to our world. We serve a god who sets captives free, binds up the brokenhearted, and declares liberty for the oppressed. The only reasonable response of worship to a God like this is joyful adoration. Why? Because this is the world we get to live in, a world where our savior sets us free from sin, shame, and injustice. We don’t have to hang our heads in fear or worry, but we can be joyfully resilient because we know that Christ has come and will come again.
Pray that we would long for Christ to come and completely end all injustice and pain.
Pray that God would fill our hearts and minds with the joy of Christ.
Here are the songs we are singing this week. We chose them because they inspire in us and help us express the joy we have in Christ.