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

 

Worship at Calvary: October 27

This is our order of worship for Sunday, October 27, 2019 at Calvary Community Church: (Click on the highlighted song titles to listen, or enjoy our Spotify playlist. )

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 46:1-3, 7
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
    though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress. 

PRAISE & ADORATION
A Mighty Fortress is Our God
Be Unto Your Name

GRACE & ASSURANCE
Psalm 46:10-11
“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress. 

O Lord, My Rock and My Redeemer
Be Still My Soul

HEARING FROM GOD’S WORD

“Whoever Receives This Child, Receives Me” – Luke 9:46-50

My Worth Is Not In What I Own

 

Worship at Calvary: October 20

This is our order of worship for Sunday, October 20, 2019 at Calvary Community Church: (Click on the highlighted song titles to listen, or enjoy our Spotify playlist. )

CALL TO WORSHIP
Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.
Psalm 29:1-2

PRAISE & ADORATION
Holy, Holy, Holy
Unbroken Praise

GRACE & ASSURANCE
1 John 3:1-2
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. . . . Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.

How Deep the Father’s Love
It Is Well

HEARING FROM GOD’S WORD

“Let These Words Sink Into Your Ears” – Luke 9:37-45

Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me

 

Worship at Calvary: October 13

This is our order of worship for Sunday, October 13, 2019 at Calvary Community Church: (Click on the highlighted song titles to listen, or enjoy our Spotify playlist. )

CALL TO WORSHIP

Psalm 99:1-5
The Lord reigns; let the peoples tremble!
He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
The Lord is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the peoples.
Let them praise your great and awesome name! Holy is he!
The King in his might loves justice. You have established equity;
you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.
Exalt the Lord our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he!

PRAISE & ADORATION
Revelation Song
Offering

GRACE & ASSURANCE
John 1:14, 16-18
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.

In Christ Alone
Show Us Christ

HEARING FROM GOD’S WORD

“Jesus Was Praying, They Were Heavy With Sleep” – Luke 9:28-36

Just As I Am (I Come Broken)