Advent Call to Worship: John 1

Here’s a call to worship for the Advent season based on part of John 1 and 2 Cor. 4:6 (CEB).

Call to Worship: Based on John 1:4-5, 11-14, 18; 2 Cor. 4:6

In Jesus Christ, God’s Word to the world, is life.  The life is the light for all people.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light.

The light came to his own people, and his own people didn’t welcome him. But those who did welcome him, those who believed in his name, he authorized to become God’s children.

The Word became flesh and made his home among us. We have seen his glory, glory like that of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

No one has ever seen God. God the only Son, who is at the Father’s side, has made God known. 

God has shone in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory in the face of Jesus Christ.

Prayer

The light and peace of Jesus Christ be with us.  Heavenly Father, we thank you for speaking your Word to us in the person of Jesus Christ and for showing your will to us in the work of Jesus Christ.  Truly, we know you best in him.  Shine your life-giving light on your people today in this hour of worship, so that the darkness that closes in around us and the darkness that rises from within us will be expelled, through Jesus Christ, the Word become flesh.  Amen.

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Advent Call to Worship: Isaiah 12

Here’s a call to worship for the Advent season based on Isaiah 12 (CEB).

Call to Worship: Based on Isaiah 12

You will say on that day:

I thank you, Lord. Though you were angry with me, your anger turned away and you comforted me. God is indeed my salvation; I will trust and won’t be afraid. The Lord, is my strength and my shield; he has become my salvation.”

You will draw water with joy from the springs of salvation. And you will say on that day:

Thank the Lord; call on God’s name; proclaim God’s deeds among the peoples; declare that God’s name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, who has done glorious things; proclaim this throughout all the earth.”

Shout and sing for joy, city of Zion, because the holy one of Israel is great among you.

Emmanuel, God is with us!  In Jesus Christ we are forgiven and free.  In the Holy Spirit we are enlivened and empowered.  Let’s worship the Lord who came to us, is now with us, and is coming again!

Prayer

God, the day Isaiah spoke about has arrived in the coming of your Son, Jesus Christ.  In him, you have shown us your saving love and power that breaks the chains of sin and the fear of death.  You are our strength, our shield, and our salvation.  Today we gather to proclaim the glorious things you have done, that you will do, and that even right now you are doing, through Jesus Christ, our Savior.  Amen.