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Our Liturgy

(Opening Prayer)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever, world without end, Amen.

Build My Life

Worthy of every song we could ever sing
Worthy of all the praise we could ever bring
Worthy of every breath we could ever breathe
We live for you

Jesus the name above every other name
Jesus the only one who could save
Worthy of every breath we could ever breathe
We live for you
Oh we live for you

Holy there is no one like you
There is none beside you
Open up my eyes in wonder
And show me who you are
And fill me with your heart
And lead me in love to those around me

And I will build my life upon your love it is a firm foundation
And I will put my trust in you alone and I will not be shaken

Surrender

I’m giving you my heart, and all that is within
I lay it all down for the sake of you my King
I’m giving you my dreams, I’m laying down my rights
I’m giving up my pride for the promise of new life

And I surrender all to you, all to you
And I surrender all to you, all to you

I’m singing You this song, I’m waiting at the cross
And all the world holds dear, I count it all as loss
For the sake of knowing You for the glory of Your name
To know the lasting joy, even sharing in Your pain

Never Run Dry

Even in the wilderness
Through confusion and barrenness
You are beautiful God
Even in my brokenness
Through this pain I will confess
You are always good

Deserts will bloom in the light of Your love
Valleys make room for the river of God

You never run dry, never run dry, never run dry

You’re my source, never ending
You’re my life (Jesus), never lacking
You’re my source, never ending
You’re my life (You’re my life), never lacking

Shared Scripture Reading & Meditation

What intrigues me about Jesus?

Psalm 27:1-6

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
so why should I tremble?
When evil people come to devour me,
when my enemies and foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall.
Though a mighty army surrounds me,
my heart will not be afraid.
Even if I am attacked,
I will remain confident.

The one thing I ask of the Lord—
the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
delighting in the Lord’s perfections
and meditating in his Temple.
For he will conceal me there when troubles come;
he will hide me in his sanctuary.
He will place me out of reach on a high rock.
Then I will hold my head high
above my enemies who surround me.
At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy,
singing and praising the Lord with music.

Open Sharing

Liturgical Prayer

Through the gospel, the Lord Jesus calls us to share in his glory. Let us make our prayer with him to our heavenly Father.
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

We pray for all nations:
that they may seek the way that leads to peace, that human rights and freedom may be everywhere respected, that the world’s resources may be generously shared, and that the love of God would be proclaimed in all places.
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

We pray for the Church:
that her leaders may be faithful ministers of your word, that all her members may be strong in faith and hope and that you may be recognized in the love she bears to all.
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

We pray for our families, and the community in which we live:
that we may find you in them, and that they might find you in us.
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

We pray for ourselves:
that in the coming week we may serve others in our work, and find peace when we rest.
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

(Open prayer for the lost, world events, the persecuted church, or personal requests.)

The Lords Prayer
Our Father who is in Heaven
Hallowed be Your name
Your kingdom come, Your will be done
On Earth as it is in Heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive our sins 
As we forgive those who sin against us
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil
For Yours is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory
Forever, Amen.

Communion

The table of bread is now to be made ready.
It is the table of company with Jesus,
and all who love him.
It is the table of sharing with the poor of the world,
with whom Jesus identified himself.
It is the table of communion with the earth,
in which Christ became incarnate.
So come to this table,
you who have much faith
and you who would like to have more;
you have been here often
and you who have not been for a long time;
you who have tried to follow Jesus,
and you who have failed;
come.
It is Christ who invites us to meet him here.

All:
Loving God,
through your goodness
we have this bread and wine to offer,
which has come forth from the earth
and human hands have made.
May we know your presence
in the sharing,
so that we may know your touch
and presence in all things.
We celebrate the life that Jesus has shared
among his community through the centuries,
and shares with us now.
Made one in Christ 
and one with each other,
we offer these gifts and with them ourselves,
a single, living act of praise.
Amen.

Advent Week 4: Love

God’s children had been disobedient. They had gone against what He wanted for them, and so they were lost and lonely. As we saw the first week, though, there is always hope because God is always faithful. Not only is God faithful, He also loves. He is so loving that He actually is love (1 John 4:8). God’s people had disobeyed and had run away from Him, but in love, God sent His Son to rescue them.

SCRIPTURE
Matthew 1:18–25 & Luke 2:1–7

QUESTIONS
What do you do for those you love? How do you respond when they are unloving toward you?
Consider these well-known words of Jesus from the Gospel of John:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him” (John 3:16–17).
Jesus came to save that which had been lost! That is great news!
How can we live this week to celebrate and honor what God has done for us in Jesus?

PRAYER

IN
We pray that we would be emptied of self-love by receiving God’s passionate love for us in Christ, and that this love would banish feelings of unworthiness, shame, self-hatred, and performance-oriented actions to earn love.

OUT
We pray that we would love one another in our missional communities because God first loved us and showed us what love means and that we would love our neighbors.

UP
We pray that we would love God with our entire being: intellect, emotion, bodies, time, relationships, and talents.

Song: O Come, All Ye Faithful

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, Come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him, born the King of angels;

O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation; Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above! Glory to God, all glory in the highest;

O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

Child, for us sinners poor and in the manger, We would embrace Thee, with love and awe; Who would not love Thee, loving us so dearly?

O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

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May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you : wherever he may send you;
may he guide you through the wilderness : protect you through the storm;
may he bring you home rejoicing : at the wonders he has shown you;
may he bring you home rejoicing : once again into our doors.