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! 

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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

Worship at Calvary: November 27

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This is our order of worship for the first Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2016 at Calvary Community Church: (Click on the highlighted song titles to listen, or listen to our playlist. )

Call to Worship
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign.
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and shall call his name Immanuel.
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.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
 Isaiah 7:14, 9:2, 6

PRAISE & ADORATION
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
O Come Messiah Come
God Evermore
LIGHTING OF ADVENT CANDLE
Reading
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
Teaching from John 15:26-27
Shine On Us

May you find time this week to find stillness to be in God’s Word and see how Wonderful He is! If you would like some reflective music to play during this season, try this playlist for some Advent-inspired songs.

Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates

This hymn is based on Psalm 24, and is sung for both Advent and Palm Sunday.

Lift up your heads, O gates!
    And lift them up, O ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
    The Lord of hosts,
    he is the King of glory!
~Psalm 24:9-10

Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates;
Behold, the King of glory waits;
The King of kings is drawing near;
The Savior of the world is here!

O blest the land, the city blest,
Where Christ the Ruler is confessed!
O happy hearts and happy homes
To whom this King in triumph comes!

Redeemer, come! I open wide
My heart to thee; here, Lord, abide.
Let me thy inner presence feel;
Thy grace and love in me reveal.

Lyrics:from Psalm 24, George Weissel, 1642, tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1855
Music: TRURO, from Musica Sacra, 1789

Christmas Eve at Home 2015

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Our church’s Christmas Candlelight Service was on Sunday so we’ll be having our own candlelight time at home tonight. Here’s what we’ll be doing:

Light all five of our Advent candles.

Sing “O Come All Ye Faithful”

Read Luke 2:1-20

And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.  This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.  So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.

Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child.  And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.  Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

Spend time praying, being thankful for God’s love for us, and for being Emmanuel – God with us.

Sing “Silent Night.” Here’s a simple, intimate version from Amy Grant:

Silent Night
Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and Child.
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night, Shepherds quake at the sight.
Glories stream from heaven afar;
Heavenly hosts sing alleluia.
Christ the Savior is born! Christ the Savior is born!

Silent night, holy night, Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face,
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth, Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.

Text: Joseph Mohr; tr. John F Young; Music: Franz Gruber; Public Domain

Here‘s last year’s Christmas Eve post if you missed Sunday’s service or would like to spend more time reading and singing.