This is an alternative take on an Advent liturgy – reminding people the true reasons why we should look forward to the Christmas season. You can also download the Powerpoint slides at EngageWorship.
We look forward – to seeing a new star appear in the sky, prompting those far off to draw near to you. All: Lord Jesus, draw us to you.
We look forward – to the familiar stable scenes, their mangers standing empty, waiting to receive you. All: Lord Jesus, come to us anew.
We look forward – to hearing again the angels singing “Glory to God and Peace to all the earth”. All: Lord Jesus, let us take up their song.
We look forward – to seeing shepherds and kings alike, poor and humble, noble and wealthy, all bowing before you. All: Lord Jesus, unite us in worship.
We look forward – to remembering a humble girl, with an ordinary background, chosen to bring your hope into the world. All: Lord Jesus, bring new hope through us.
We look forward – to a child, wrapped in linen, lying in a manger, weak and helpless, small and completely reliant on others. All: Lord Jesus, teach us to depend on you.
We look forward – to seeing, hearing and knowing afresh how you – infinite and incomprehensible God – freely entered your creation, becoming humble and tangible so that we might freely enter your presence. All: Lord Jesus, we look, we wonder, and we worship. Amen
Kieran runs Ascent Creative, www.ascent-creative.co.uk, writes worship songs for RESOUNDworship.org, performance songs which he posts on www.kieranmetcalfe.org.uk and leads worship in his local church, Cheadle Hulme Methodist.