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Sunday Recap - The Advent Season

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This is the first year that I have made celebrating Advent a weekly part of the worship experience. I have enjoyed the time I have spent researching and learning about the meaning of Advent and then creating the space in the service to celebrate it. I chose 5 words that define what Christ's "arrival" on earth represents - HOPE, LOVE, JOY, PEACE, and LIGHT of the WORLD. I have the congregation read with me Scripture that supports these words. I found 4 great Advent video loops from worship films that I use on the screen for each week and then I had Lynn Jackson from Heaven Sent bookstore here in our area, create an Advent Wreath for the stage. If you want to read a great overview of the importance of Advent, read THIS POST today from Noel Piper, one of my heroes in the Christian leadership world.

We did a pre-quel to our Christmas series that kicks off this Sunday with a message called "Give Christmas Away."  Our Message Bumper was a couple of clips from "Charlie Brown Christmas" where Charlie Brown expresses his frustration with not knowing what Christmas is all about. Here was our service flow...

"Come Now is the Time to Worship" - Vineyard

Welcome/Announcements

"All Because of Jesus"

What is Advent? - WEEK 1 - The Hope of the World

"Jesus Messiah" - Tomlin

Video - Message Bumper

Message

Video - Wrap up - Linus - Luke 2

"Give This Christmas Away" - CLICK HERE to watch the music video

Todd ended his message with the video clip of Linus sharing Luke 2 with Charlie Brown. "Give this Christmas Away" is the Theme song for "Operation Christmas Child" this year. It was a perfect wrap up to Todd's message on how we need to do things different this year. The words say it all...

"What if I told you
You have the power
To give someone hope
Beyond their wildest dreams
What if I told you
It’s right there in your hands
In your hands

It’s hard to imagine
How something so small
Can make all the difference
Take down the tallest wall
What if December
Looked different this year
What if we all just

Give this Christmas away
If there’s love in your heart
Don’t let it stay there
Give this Christmas away
And your life will be changed
By the gifts you receive
When you give this Christmas away

It’s feeding the hungry
Serving the poor
It’s telling the orphan
You’re not forgotten anymore
It’s doing what love does
Even when no one’s watching you

Give this Christmas away
If there’s love in your heart
Don’t let it stay there
Give this Christmas away
And your life will be changed
By the gifts you receive
When you give this Christmas away
For God so loved the world
That He gave His only Son
So we could be
His hands, His feet, His love
His love..."

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