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In this Together in Advent series for traditional worship, we celebrate together as the family of God the coming of his Son for our salvation. Each week will focus on a different activity for our “to-do list” that is focused on giving and sharing instead of on materialism. The theme verse for the entire series is: “Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise” (Psalm 106:47). Hymns in the series include Hymns in the series include “Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates,” “Let the Earth Now Praise the Lord,” “Hark the Glad Sound” and “On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry.”
- Week 1: Be Present (Malachi 3:1-7): Instead of spending all our time in Advent buying present, we in God’s family set aside space to be present for one another, as Christ is coming to be present with us.
- Week 2: Send Peace (Micah 5:2-5a): Beyond sending cards this Advent to loved ones this season, we do all we can as the family of God to send peace in all our messages to one another because the Prince of Peace is on his way.
- Week 3: Share Joy (Zephaniah 3:14-20): In this time when we share cookies and other treats with one another, we share joy with those around us that they might taste and see that the Lord is good to us through the birth of his Son.
- Week 4: Wrap in Love (1 John 4:7-12): In this season of hustle and bustle, we move from wrapping presents to wrapping people in love, as Mary wrapped the Christ Child so lovingly in swaddling clothes.
Each service features the theme hymn, “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice,” a monolog sermon read by the pastor, a children’s sermon and prayers, along with newsletter/bulletin notices about the series.
The kit includeseverything you need 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, contemporary music song suggestions and PowerPoint documents of all the services with images and text (along with a copyright release) for use on screens.