The Second Sunday of Advent: December 5, 2010

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This week marks the second Sunday in Advent, a season that remembers Christ’s first coming and anticipates his return. Sojourn Community Church worship pastor, Mike Cosper recently tweeted, “Advent should be dark and tense. The world desperately needs a Savior, and in Advent we should feel the weight of that longing.” This is one of the reasons why The Crossing has spent so much time in the prophecies of the Old Testament (particularly Isaiah) during our Advent services. When read them together we rehearse (like the Israelites before us) a longing for Christ, the Light of the World, to pierce the cold darkness of this broken creation.

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O Come, O Come Emmanuel – LM 88 88 (Veni Emmanuel) / Words: Latin, 12th Cent; tr. composite / Tune: “Processionale:, 15th cent. ; adpt. Thomas Helmore, 1854, Arrangement by Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr., New Lyrics by David A. Cover

Each verse of this traditional Advent lament highlights a title for the Messiah (Emmanuel, Dayspring, Rod of Jesse, Desire of Nations) and echo the Old Testament prophecies of His coming.

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here,
until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel!

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Our call to worship was from Isaiah 2:2-5 (NIV)

The Christ, Our Light by Martin Reardon

When all was dark and without dawn
You gave us Light, you sent your Son.
The Christ, the Christ, He shines, He shines
and drives all dark away, away.

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David read from Isaiah 42:1-10 which lead us into…

Angels We Have Heard On High
– Words: Traditional French carol, “Les Anges dans nos Campagnes”, Music: Gloria (Barnes), Arrangement by Chris Tomlin

In this favorite hymn we join with the angels, giving glory to God as we remember the birth of Christ.

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains,
and the mountains in reply
echoing their joyous strains.
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

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We also had a time of corporate and silent confession as we asked God to forgive us for the ways we foolishly try to supplant His gift of salvation with our own efforts.

You Are the Light by Matthew Smith and Jeff Pardo (based in part on a hymn text by Charles Wesley)

In You Are the Light we ask Christ to illuminate our dark hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God.

Dark and cheerless is the morn
without Your hand to comfort me.
Joyless is the day’s return
’til Your mercy’s beams I see.
‘Til they inward light impart,
Glad my eyes and warm my heart

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After hearing the assurance of our forgiveness from Jeremiah 33:14-16 we heard a message from Dave Cover.

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Draw Near by David A. Cover

This lovely song by David is based on Hebrews 4 and invites us to draw near to God through Jesus Christ that we may receive His mercy and grace and walk more closely with Him.

“Draw near to Me My child,
come rest in My mercy.
Draw near to Me, My child,
and know I AM with you.”

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Music Team for December 5, 2010:

Lacey Burrell – vocals
David Cover – vocals, electric guitar, percussion
Nick Havens – bass
Rhett Johnson – electric/acoustic guitars, vocals
Scott Johnson – piano, vocals
Andrew Luley – drums
Kerry Maggard – keyboards
Megan McDonnell – vocals

This week’s music blog features photos by Gerik Parmele. For more information about music written for corporate worship by members of the music team visit The Crossing Music. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.

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