Worship at Calvary: December 31

This is our order of worship for Sunday, December 31, 2017 at Calvary Community Church: (Click on the highlighted song titles to listen, or listen to our church playlist. ) 

CALL TO WORSHIP — from Psalm 111
Praise the Lord!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the works of the Lord,
studied by all who delight in them.
Full of splendor and majesty is his work,
    and his righteousness endures forever.
He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered;
the Lord is gracious and merciful.
he remembers his covenant forever.
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
all his precepts are trustworthy;
    they are established forever and ever,
He sent redemption to his people;
he has commanded his covenant forever.
Holy and awesome is his name!
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all those who practice it have a good understanding.
    His praise endures forever!  

PRAISE & ADORATION
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Offering

GRACE & MERCY — Philippians 2:6-8

From the Squalor of a Borrowed Stable
His Mercy Is More

Teaching from Philippians 1:3-5

O Church Arise

I publish our song lists every week to help us prepare our hearts for corporate worship. You can also come back to this post during the week to reflect on our time together. Join us this Sunday,  at 10:00 a.m. to sing together, pray, and hear from God’s Word! 

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Worship at Calvary: December 24

This is our order of worship for Sunday, December 24, 2017 at Calvary Community Church: (Click on the highlighted song titles to listen, or listen to our church playlist. ) 

CALL TO WORSHIP — from Isaiah 35
The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad;
the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus;
it shall blossom abundantly
and rejoice with joy and singing.
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
then shall the lame man leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.
And the ransomed of the Lord shall return
and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain gladness and joy,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. 

PRAISE & ADORATION
Joy Has Dawned
Angels We Have Heard on High

GRACE & MERCY — Galatians 4:4-5
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.

Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Oh the Deep Deep Love

Teaching from John 1:14-18

I publish our song lists every week to help us prepare our hearts for corporate worship. You can also come back to this post during the week to reflect on our time together. Join us this Sunday,  at 10:00 a.m. to sing together, pray, and hear from God’s Word! 

Worship at Calvary: December 17

 

This is our order of worship for Sunday, December 17, 2017 at Calvary Community Church: (Click on the highlighted song titles to listen, or listen to our church playlist. ) 

CALL TO WORSHIP — Isaiah 61:1, 60:1, Luke 1:79
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
“Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.”                  
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.

PRAISE & ADORATION
Here I Am to Worship
The First Noel

GRACE & MERCY — Titus 3:4-7
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

Teaching from Luke 2:8-20

Offering

I publish our song lists every week to help us prepare our hearts for corporate worship. You can also come back to this post during the week to reflect on our time together. Join us this Sunday,  at 10:00 a.m. to sing together, pray, and hear from God’s Word! 

Worship at Calvary: December 10 (Advent 2)

This is our order of worship for Sunday, December 10, 2017 at Calvary Community Church: (Click on the highlighted song titles to listen, or enjoy this 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 & MERCY — Isaiah 40:1-11

Behold Our God

Teaching from Matthew 1:18-25

Lord I Need You

I publish our song lists every week to help us prepare our hearts for corporate worship. You can also come back to this post during the week to reflect on our time together. Join us this Sunday,  at 10:00 a.m. to sing together, pray, and hear from God’s Word! 

That’s What Advent Is For

I had trouble sleeping last night. Not terribly unusual for me but always unwelcome. As I tried to get back to sleep, I prayed for the people in my life that I know are facing struggles and difficulties. And as much as I love the Christmas season, I know it’s not a “Holly Jolly Christmas”for everyone all the time. And the thought ran through my head over and over, “this is what Advent is for.”

Advent simply means “coming,” so part of Advent is repentance that our sin was the reason that made His first coming necessary, but then comes the  joyful celebration at Christmas that He DID come to redeem us.  But also, we look ahead to His second coming. The fact that we live in this broken world and struggle with our own trials and difficulties makes us long for the time when Jesus will come again and make all things right.

That’s what Advent is for. Advent is for waiting. It’s a time for preparing our hearts. It’s a time for longing. It’s a time for hope.

I love the tree, and the lights and the happy songs and the nostalgic songs and all the fun times with friends. But I love finding the quiet too.

I put together a playlist for Advent. Songs new and ancient. Songs of waiting, hoping, calling out to God for help and songs that speak of Jesus, the coming light. Maybe it will be a way for your heart to “prepare Him room.” I pray it will be a blessing to you.

 

 

Worship at Calvary: December 3

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This is our order of worship for Sunday, December 3, 2017 at Calvary Community Church: (Click on the highlighted song titles to listen, or listen to our church 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
O Come, O Come Emmanuel

GRACE & MERCY — John 1:1-5
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

From the Squalor of a Borrowed Stable
His Mercy Is More

Teaching from Isaiah 11:1-10

O Come, O Come Messiah

I publish our song lists every week to help us prepare our hearts for corporate worship. You can also come back to this post during the week to reflect on our time together. Join us this Sunday,  at 10:00 a.m. to sing together, pray, and hear from God’s Word! 

Carol of Joy

I thought I would kick off December by sharing a Christmas song and what better way than with this lovely choral piece. I think it’s musically too complex for congregational singing but it is gorgeous and the words communicate so clearly that Jesus came to break the curse of sin and redeem a fallen world. The first two verses tell of his incarnation. The third verse calls to those without Christ, those “lonely, laden, forlorn” now. He can be your Savior now.

Carol of Joy
Green leaves all fallen, withered and dry;
brief sunset fading, dim winter sky;
lengthening shadows, dark closing in;
then through the stillness, carols begin.
O fallen world, to you is the song!
Death holds you fast, and night tarries long.
Jesus is born, your curse to destroy;
sweet to your ears, a carol of joy!

Pale moon ascending, solemn and slow;
cold, barren hillside shrouded in show.
Deep, empty valley, veiled by the night;
hear angel music, hopeful and bright.
O fearful world, to you is the song!
Peace with your God, and pardon for wrong.
Tidings for sinners, burdened and bound;
carol of joy, a Savior is found!

Earth wrapped in sorrow, lift up your eyes!
Thrill to the chorus filling the skies,
Look up, sadhearted! Witness God’s love;
join in the carol swelling above!
O friendless world, to you is the song!
All heaven’s joy to you may belong!
You who are lonely, laden, forlorn;
Now unto you, a Savior is born.

(c) 2007 Eileen Berry, Dan Forrest