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December 22, 2019

Prince of Peace

It's hard to believe but this Sunday concludes our advent season for 2019. We'll focus this week on peace. Our entire season has featured the usual themes of advent (waiting, longing, etc.) but also with explicit ties to why Christ would be born. He was born to die that we may live! Those two ideas of advent and what it would lead to will be found again this week.

Prelude – "I Will Wait For You (Psalm 130)"

We did this one as a prelude this summer. It contains both of the ideas I described above. Clearly from the title, there is an overtone of waiting. Within that, we are directed to sing for joy for Christ has come in our darkness and defeated sin. "I will wait for you, I will wait for you. On your Word I will rely. I will wait for you, surely wait for you, till my soul is satisfied.

"O Come, All Ye Faithful"

Speaking of relying on the Word, that's who we seek to greek with great joy as we approach Christmas morning this week: "Yea Lord we greet thee, born this happy morning. Jesus, to thee be all glory given. Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing. O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!"

"Away in a Manger (Forever Amen)"

This is a fresh take on the familiar carol. The last verse displays the kind of posture we should take as we behold our Savior who has come to live as one of us: "I worship you, Jesus, for all of my days. The highest of praises be unto your name. My God and my Savior, my King and my Friend; your is the glory forever, amen."

"King of Kings"

This song simply continues that heart cry from the beginning of the birth of Christ to the birth of his church all ending with: "Praise the Father, praise the Son, praise the Spirit, Three in One. God of Glory, majesty. Praise forever to the King of Kings.

Communion – "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence"

The traditional advent hymn will be played instrumentally as we approach the table but similarly to last week the text is so poignant for us this morning. "King of kings, yet born of Mary. As of old on earth he stood. Lord of lords in human vesture in the body and the blood. He will give to all the faithful his own self for heavenly food."

Response – "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing"

We'll respond to the word preached by singing of Christ as the Prince of Peace and as King! "Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace, hail the Son of Righteousness! Light and life to all he brings, risen with healing in his wings. Mild he lays his glory by, born that man no more may die, born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth. Hark! the herald angels sing, glory to the newborn King!"