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December 15, 2019

Alpha and Omega

We'll continue our advent season with a look this week at how Jesus, as both Alpha and Omega, shows us love. 

Prelude – "Noel"

This is a newer song that sounds like a good advent prelude. The text is so helpful to set the morning for us. "Son of God and Son of Man, there before the world began. Born to suffer, born to save, born to raise us from the grave. Christ, the everlasting Lord, he shall reign forevermore. Noel, noel, come and see what God has done. Noel, noel, the story of amazing love. The light of the world, given for us. Noel!"

"Angels We Have Heard on High"

This familiar carol simply continues the story of the eternal God who was born to be Lord and King. "Come to Bethlehem and see him whose birth the angels sing; Come, adore on bended knee Christ the Lord, the newborn King.

"Come Lord Jesus (Even So Come)"

Here's our explicit tie into the advent season for the morning. This song is a longing for Christ to come again and join together with us as his bride forever. The text for the morning of Christ as Alpha and Omega is from Revelation 21 where we also see the church described as the bride of Christ. "Like a bride waiting for her groom, we'll be a church ready for you. Every heart longing for our King, we sing even so come, Lord Jesus, come."

"Come, Behold the Wondrous Mystery"

We'll conclude the corporate singing with the truth of the gospel story. The first verse begins right where we are in the present season: "Come, behold the wondrous mystery, in the dawning of the King. He, the theme of heaven's praises, robed in frail humanity. In our longing, in our darkness, now the light of life has come! Look to Christ who condescended took on flesh to ransom us."

Communion – "Of the Father's Love Begotten"

This will be instrumental but contemplate the first verse and how appropriate it is for the morning: "Of the Father's love begotten ere the worlds began to be, he is Alpha and Omega, he the Source, the Ending he, of the things that are, that have been, and that future years shall see, evermore and evermore!"

Response – "Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)"

We'll be sent out with another recitation of the gospel story. We have such good news to share of a God who loves us, sent himself for us, and will one day come again for us. "One day when heaven was filled with his praises, one day when sin was as black as could be, Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin, dwelt among men my example is he. The Word became flesh and the light shined among us, his glory revealed. Living, he loved me, dying he saved me. Buried, he carried my sins far away. Rising, he justified freely forever. One day he's coming, O glorious day!"