Sunday Liturgy: 12/27/09

“The Child has come…Now What??”

Here is the liturgy I wrote for the Sunday after Christmas. I would love to have some kind of liturgical collaborative so that in the future there is a creative and dynamic store of reformed liturgy for common use. I’d love your feedback.

Scripture: Luke 2:41-52 and Col 3:12-17

Call To Worship:
Leader: Into a dark world, the light has shined.
People: Immanuel, God is with us.
Leader: Born to Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem.
People: Immanuel, God is with us.
Leader: While the world waits, salvation has come.
People: Immanuel, God is with us.
Leader: Our eyes have seen the Savior, Jesus Christ, hope of the world.
People: Immanuel, God is with us.
ALL: Let all creation celebrate the birth of our Lord!

Father, the Christmas presents are unwrapped, the gifts are given and yet there still remains the quiet reminder that we have left something unattended. You have chosen us as your holy and beloved children through Christ Jesus, but we often forget that it was you who chose us, not the other way around. You have mercifully clothed us in compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience, but often times we choose to wear something a little more in fashion: convenience, comfort, vanity, pride and hurry. We have received your forgiveness, freely and lovingly, yet we have a hard time giving it away to others. You have charged us, as the body of Christ, to do all things in the name of Jesus and yet our words and deeds often fail to glorify the name. Lead us that we may delight in all that you have given and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon:
Leader: The light has illuminated our darkest places.
People: In Christ we are forgiven, clothed in the Son of righteousness.
Pastor: Thanks and glory be to God through his Son, Jesus, the one born in Bethlehem who has taken away the sins of world and gives eternal life to all who believe. Amen.

** I realize that I use masculine language for God here, it works in our context.

Sunday Setlist 11/29/09

In keeping with the fine tradition over at, here is today’s set list.

The first Sunday of Advent was just fantastic. We don’t usually do much “liturgy” in our Contemporary Service, but today it was filled with “the work of the people,” and much the better for it.

We started the service with this video from Sting’s new album, If On A Winter’s Night.

The first song was Come Thou Long Expected Jesus. Simple guitar and drum machine, a solid way to begin our season of Advent.

After the Call to Worship and lighting of the advent candle, we sang Glorious (Chris Tomlin) and Prince of Peace (You Are Holy).

After the sermon, a little Marvelous Light for the offertory. We closed the service with I Saw the Light/Go Tell It On The Mountain (yeehaws included!)

As you may have guessed, Light was the theme that connected today’s worship (Is 9:2)

Hope your morning was consumed by the Spirit!