Worship at Calvary: December 8

This is our order of worship for the second Sunday of Advent 2019, Sunday, December 8, 2019, at Calvary Community Church: (Click on the highlighted song titles to listen, or enjoy our Spotify playlist. )  Now is the perfect time to start listening to our Advent Playlist.

CALL TO WORSHIP
Matthew 1:23
“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son,
and they shall call His name Immanuel,”
which is translated,
“God with us.”

PRAISE & ADORATION
Emmanuel
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
O Little Town of Bethlehem

GRACE & ASSURANCE

Isaiah 40:9-10
Go on up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news;
lift up your voice with strength,
O Jerusalem, herald of good news; lift it up, fear not;
say to the cities of Judah,
“Behold your God!”
Behold, the Lord God comes with might,
    and his arm rules for him;
behold, his reward is with him,
    and his recompense before him.

Behold Our God
O Come Messiah

HEARING FROM GOD’S WORD

“Worship God” – Revelation 22:6-9

Offering (Christmas)

 

Worship at Calvary: December 1

This is our order of worship for the first Sunday of Advent 2019, Sunday, December 1, 2019, at Calvary Community Church: (Click on the highlighted song titles to listen, or enjoy our Spotify playlist. )  Now is the perfect time to start listening to our Advent Playlist.

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 80:1-3
Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
you who lead Joseph like a flock.
You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth.
Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh,
stir up your might
and come to save us!
Restore us, O God;
let your face shine, that we may be saved!

PRAISE & ADORATION
Shine On Us

The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone. 
Isaiah 9:2

 O Come, O Come Emmanuel

GRACE & ASSURANCE

Isaiah 7:14
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Advent Hymn
From The Squalor

HEARING FROM GOD’S WORD

“And They Will Reign Forever and Ever” – Revelation 22:1-5

O Come Messiah

 

Worship at Calvary: November 24

This is our order of worship for Sunday, November 24, 2019, at Calvary Community Church: (Click on the highlighted song titles to listen, or enjoy our Spotify playlist. )

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 100
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.

PRAISE & ADORATION
Praise To The Lord The Almighty
10,000 Reasons

GRACE & ASSURANCE
1 John 2:1-2
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

Before The Throne of God Above
There Is A Redeemer

HEARING FROM GOD’S WORD
“What Shall I Do To Inherit Eternal Life?” – Luke 10:25-37

Lord, I Need You

 

Worship at Calvary: November 17

This is our order of worship for Sunday, November 17, 2019, at Calvary Community Church: (Click on the highlighted song titles to listen, or enjoy our Spotify playlist. )

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 92:1-2, 4
It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness by night,
For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;
    at the works of your hands I sing for joy.

PRAISE & ADORATION
It Is Good To Sing Your Praises

Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;
tremble before him, all the earth!
Psalm 96:2, 6, 9

Only A Holy God

GRACE & ASSURANCE
Romans 8:38-39
 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

His Forever

Speak O Lord

HEARING FROM GOD’S WORD
“In That Same Hour Jesus Rejoiced” – Luke 10:21-24

Take My Life and Let It Be

 

Advent Wreaths

Are you preparing for Advent yet? Advent means “coming” or “arrival.” The period of Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas Day and is a time of preparation leading up to Christmas. We look back and remember Israel’s waiting for the first coming of Jesus, we look inward and celebrate His presence in our hearts, and we look forward with longing to His second coming.  For me, it’s a time for reflection and finding moments of stillness in what can be an incredibly busy season.

Our church will be going through the book, Prepare Him Room, by Marty Machowski during Advent this year.  It looks like a great book and I’m excited to read through it as a church family on Sundays and with our family during the week.  It has scripture readings, suggested songs and crafts/activities to do together.

The first activity in the book (before starting the readings) is making your own Advent wreath. Some people are very particular about the Advent wreath being evergreen and about the colors of the candles (3 purple, and 1 pink and a white pillar candle for the center). In some traditions, the candles stand for Prophecy, Bethlehem, Shepherds, and Angels. In others, the candles represent Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.  Sometimes all the candles are red. Sometimes they are all white or all blue.

If you don’t have time to make your own wreath, craft stores and Christian bookstores (and websites) carry pre-made wreaths. But there are also different ways you can make your own Advent “wreath.” It can be as simple as 4 candles of any kind. Or you can even just light one candle. The candles are simply a symbol of the light of God coming into the world through His son, Jesus Christ. Please, just don’t let this be the thing that holds you back from making time during the season of Advent to “prepare Him room.”

Here are some different candle arrangements I’ve done in years past:

Ann Voskamp’s Journey to Bethlehem candle spiral with traditional Advent candles marking the Sundays:

Journey to Bethlehem with just tealight candles

Advent candle holder (but not a wreath) with traditional colors

Four tealights in glass holders in a pottery tray

Pillars in a wooden tray

Advent candle holder with white candles

Pillars in a tray

Traditional Advent wreath with white candles

You can probably tell I have a preference for white candles!

There are many, many more ideas on Pinterest. But, just as Christmas is not all about the lights, the tinsel, and the presents, Advent is not about the candles. It’s all about your heart. If Jesus is already your Savior, Advent is a wonderful time to be mindful of His presence. If He isn’t yet, now is the perfect time to accept His gift of salvation.

I’ve also created an Advent playlist. These are songs of longing and reflection. Of the coming light of Jesus into our dark world. I pray it’s a blessing to you during Advent.

 

Worship at Calvary: November 10

This is our order of worship for Sunday, November 10, 2019, at Calvary Community Church: (Click on the highlighted song titles to listen, or enjoy our Spotify playlist. )

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 148:1-2, 13
Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
    praise him in the heights!
Praise him, all his angels;
praise him, all his hosts!
Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    for his name alone is exalted;
    his majesty is above earth and heaven.

PRAISE & ADORATION
All Creatures Of Our God And King
Psalm 62

GRACE & ASSURANCE
Isaiah 41:13
For I, the Lord your God,
hold your right hand;
it is I who say to you, “Fear not,
I am the one who helps you.”

He Will Hold Me Fast
The Gospel Song

HEARING FROM GOD’S WORD

“But Rejoice That Your Names Are Written In Heaven”  Luke 10:1-20

Yet Not I But Through Christ in Me

 

Worship at Calvary: November 3

This is our order of worship for Sunday, November 3, 2019 at Calvary Community Church: (Click on the highlighted song titles to listen, or enjoy our Spotify playlist. )

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 117
Praise the LORD, all you nations!
Extol Him, all you peoples!
For great is his steadfast love towards us,
And the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.
Praise the LORD!

PRAISE & ADORATION
Come People of the Risen King
Our Great God

GRACE & ASSURANCE

Philippians 2:8-11
And being found in human form,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.
Therefore God has highly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

His Mercy Is More
Jesus Paid It All

HEARING FROM GOD’S WORD

“He Set His Face to Go to Jerusalem” – Luke 9:51-62

We Will Feast in the House of Zion