This Advent series for traditional worship focuses on the ways in which God is with us through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Each week will focus on a different word picture of the coming Christ found in the poetic and prophetic words of Isaiah. Services will reveal how Christ continues to be present with us even now. The theme verse for the entire series is: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means, God with us)” (Matthew 1:23). Hymns in the series include “O Come, O Come,Emmanuel,” “Comfort, Comfort Ye My People” “Once He Came in Blessing,” “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” and “Prepare the Royal Highway.”
- Week 1: Our Potter (Isaiah64:8): God is with us as our Potter, who shapes usaccording to his will.
- Week 2: Our Shepherd (Isaiah 40:11): God is with us as our Shepherd, who carries us close to his heart.
- Week 3: Our Living Branch (Isaiah 11:1): God is with us as our Living Branch, who died and rose to give us eternallife.
- Week 4: Our Guide (Isaiah 2:3): God is with us as our Guide, who leads us according to his Word.
Each service features a sermon, a children’s message and prayers, along with newsletter/bulletin notices about the series.
The kit includes everything youneed for each service as well as a CD-ROM (Mac/PC) with the text of the entire kit in .rtf (rich text format),newsletter/bulletin notices, hymns, visual media recommendations, web banners, contemporary music song suggestions and PowerPoint documents of all the services with images and text (along with a copyright release) for use on screens.