Sunday Sermon – Carols and Choruses for Advent and Christmas

December 10, 2017 ()

Bible Text: Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8-11; Psalm 80; John 1: 6-8, 19-28 |

Series:

Carols and Choruses for Advent and Christmas

Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates (Psalm 24) Mathias

There Is No Rose, from Ceremony of Carols Britten

Tu scendi dalle stele St. Alfonsus Maria de Liguori Torches Joubert

Up! Good Christen Folk and Listen German Carol

Rejoice and Be Merry English Carol He Sleeps (Angela Daniels, solo) Garner

His Yoke Is Easy, from Messiah Handel

Affirmation of Faith

In life and in death we belong to God. Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve. We trust in God, whom Jesus called Abba, Father. In sovereign love God created the world good and makes everyone equal in God’s image, male and female, of every race and people, to live as one community. But we rebel against God; we hide from our Creator. Ignoring God’s commandments, we violate the image of God in others and ourselves, accept lies as truth, exploit neighbor and nature, and threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care. We deserve God’s condemnation. Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation. In everlasting love, the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people to bless all families of the earth. Hearing their cry, God delivered the children of Israel from the house of bondage. Loving us still, God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant. Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child, like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home, God is faithful still. With believers in every time and place, we rejoice that nothing in life or in death can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

~from “A Brief Statement of Faith”

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