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Sunday, December 17, 2017, 11:30 AM
The DoubleTree Hotel
300 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, VA 22202
Today is the third of four Sundays of Advent, culminating with Christmas Day, the traditional day we celebrate the coming of Jesus to us. Advent looks back at that first coming, and at the same time, it looks forward to a second coming, when Jesus will return and re-create the world, completely and beautifully.
Advent emphasizes what has been described by theologians as the “already and not yet,” the time between the first and second comings of Jesus, between God’s kingdom unveiled and God’s kingdom fulfilled, between the establishment of Jesus’ breaking the curse of sin and the complete destruction of that curse.
During Advent, we are reminded there is an end (and a new beginning) coming. And, if we belong to the Lord, it will be a glorious restoration and transformation of all creation.
In the meantime, we wait and watch in active vigilance by ordering our worship and our lives around Jesus’ past and future arrivals, God’s revelation in Scripture, and the Holy Spirit’s presence among us.
And we hear anew the call to live in peace and joy and hope, to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly before God.
That’s how we not only participate in the full meaning of Advent, but we participate in the fullness and joy of the divine life. (J. Hart)
Order of Worship
Our Call from God to Worship; Isaiah 65:17-18
Isaiah 65:17-25; Revelation 21:1-5; Revelation 22:20;
“O Come All Ye Faithful” (J. Wade, transl. F. Oakeley, 1841);
“Come Thou Long Expected Jesus” (C. Wesley, 1774);
“Jesus We Love You” (H. McClure, K. Heiligenthal, P. McClure ©
2014 Bethel Music; add’l lyrics, C. Park 2017) (CCLI License 2435897)
Confession of Sin and Word of Grace (Isaiah 30:15; Psalm 130)
“Away in a Manger” (W. Kirkpatrick, 1895)
Luke 1:67-80; “Zechariah’s Song of Praise”
Our Response of Faith and Thanks
Prayers of the People
“Yes and Amen” (C. McClarney, N. Moore, T. Brown © 2016
Thankyou Music; add’l lyrics, G.W. Lee, C. Park)