Nov27FriNovember 27, 2020
This past week the Worship Planning Team met again. We are of course busy working out the services planned for Advent, which begins today! A great resource we use from time to time is the WORSHIP SOURCEBOOK (co-published with the Calvin Institute of Worship). It has the following to say about worship during advent …
“The season of Advent, a season of waiting, is designed to cultivate our awareness of God’s actions—past, present, and future. In Advent we hear the prophecies of the Messiah’s coming as addressed to us— people who wait for the second coming. In Advent we heighten our anticipation for the ultimate fulfillment of all Old Testament promises, when the wolf will lie down with the lamb, death will be swallowed up, and every tear will be wiped away. In this way Advent highlights for us the larger story of God’s redemptive plan.
“A deliberate tension must be built into our practice of the Advent season. Christ has come, and yet not all things have reached completion. While we remember Israel’s waiting and hoping and we give thanks for Christ’s birth, we also anticipate his second coming at the end of time. For this reason, Advent began as a penitential season, a time for discipline and intentional repentance in the confident expectation and hope of Christ’s coming again.
“The Advent season includes the four Sundays preceding Christmas. Worship on these Sundays should be designed to help people see the tension between celebrating and hoping.” (pages 427-428).
During Advent 2020, let’s pray God will strengthen us in both the discipline of waiting and the virtue of hope! -EGN
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