Ponder, pray, praise and proclaim through this enriching seasonal series preparing us to receive the Savior.
In this weekly series for traditional worship for Advent, we contemplate the many ways we prepare ourselves for the coming of the Christ Child on Christmas, taking cues from the psalms of old and from those whom God chose to play a part in the story of our Lord’s birth. As we draw near to the manger bed of our Savior from sin and death, our hearts prepare him room for his everlasting love. (Week by week description below.)
Kit includes everything you need to plan and prepare each of 4 services:
- Order of Worship outlines and content including a sermon, children’s message, prayers, hymns and contemporary music song suggestions.
- Media files (Mac/PC) include customizable text of the entire kit in .rtf (rich text format), PowerPoints of all the services with images, text and copyright release for use
- on screens.
- Communication supports to produce bulletin, newsletter, email or web site notices.
Week 1: Ponder (Psalm 48:9) We consider ways in which we can ponder the meaning of the birth of our Savior through the reading of Scripture and through reflection. Mary serves as a model for us in this pondering in the Annunciation. Week 2: Pray (Psalm 69:13) We think about ways in which we can take more time during this season to communicate to our God through prayer as we wait for Christ. Zechariah, who went to the temple to pray, serves as an example for us of how hard that waiting in prayer can be. Week 3: Praise (Psalm 30:4) We celebrate the upcoming arrival of our Savior through songs and shouts of praise as we prepare for him. Elizabeth, in her greeting of Mary, provides a benchmark for rejoicing with others over the good news of salvation in Jesus, even as we wait. Week 4: Proclaim (Psalm 145:6) We contemplate how we can prepare ourselves and others for the arrival of Jesus through our proclaiming. John the Baptist stands as the forerunner of all future proclaimers of Christ and gives us the courage to use our own voices to proclaim our devotion to the One who is born to save.
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