Worship Companion – December 19 2021

I can hardly believe that Christmas is NEXT WEEK! We’ve been preparing for weeks now, but it still seems to come up too quickly every year. We’ve pondered the messages of Hope and Peace and this week we reflect on the biblical theme of JOY as we approach Christmas.
Anchor Texts:

Brothers and sisters,

as we joyfully await the glorious coming of the Christ,

let us remember to pray for the needs of the church, our community, and the world.

God of joy and exultation,

strengthen what is weak;

enrich the poor

and give hope to those who live in fear.

Look upon our needs this day.

Make us grateful for the good news of salvation

and keep us faithful in your service

until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

One God, forever and ever. Amen.

The Theme in Song:
Here’s a song that is both familiar and new. It hits on the themes of Advent and Christmas so well. We hear about light shining the the darkness, the long awaited coming of the humble-mighty King, and of course the joy that fills creation as God comes to us.

The Theme in Art:

Good News of Great Joy – C. Michael Dudash

The Christmas story is full of joyful moments. The most iconic might be the humble shepherds who were interrupted in their nighttime watch by the most spectacular show the world has every seen: a choir of angels proclaiming the joyful news of the birth of the savior. This painting above captures the communal sense of joy among the shepherds. Dudash doesn’t include the angels, yet the title of his painting and the posture of the shepherds joy (notice their upturned faces), hints at the source and reason for their joy.
The Theme for Kids:
Parents! YouTube has several kids advent video series, and we’ve featured a few already. This one is simple, but its hosted by a guy named Navigator Nate, so what’s not to love? The message is clear, and it helps my kids understand what Advent and Christmas are really about!


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