Liturgy
December 3, 2023

[LITURGY] Advent Week 1: Hope In the Waiting

During this season, we are taking some time in our gatherings to follow the liturgical calendar and spend some time in the traditional themes of Advent. This weekend we centered ourselves on the theme of hope through song, reading, and candle lighting. Wherever you are over the next month we hope that this liturgies offer the time to pause and reflect this holiday season.

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Intro: Hey South Bend City Church – Mariah here, the Director of Art and Worship. We’re so thankful that wherever you are this holiday season, that you’re taking the time to jump back in with us. In fact, I’m sitting in my childhood bedroom as we speak and so whether you’re with family or loved ones or you’re by yourself in this current moment, we hope that the next several minutes will offer some respite for you.

During this season, we are taking some time in our gatherings to follow the liturgical calendar and spend some time in the traditional themes of Advent. This weekend we centered ourselves on the theme of hope through song, reading, and candle lighting. We’re so grateful that you chose to join us today, and we hope that this time, this liturgy, offers the time to pause and reflect this holiday season. Let’s jump in with the rest of our community now.

 

Mariah: So like we’ve said, today is week one of Advent, and it’s kind of become tradition here at South Bend City Church for us to follow the liturgical calendar and to follow the liturgical and traditional themes of Advent. And so week one of Advent follows the theme of hope.

So we’ll be joining with a bunch of other communities all over the world who are also in this theme this morning. And we’re going to do that through some singing and some readings. We also will take some time, the Fenton family is going to come up and light a candle for us, the candle of hope. And so I’ve asked Pam Blair to read for us this morning. The reading includes both prophetic text and also a New Testament text and then a chance for us to join in as a community together. So when you see the bold and italicized words on the script, that’s your cue to jump in and read with us.

So if you’re willing and able, would you stand and join us as we enter into this time together?

 

Advent Week 1 Reading (from UMC):
In the days of exile and uncertainty, the prophet Isaiah cried out:

O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence. As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you! For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you. (Isaiah 64:1-3)

In the midst of our own encounters with uncertainty and upheaval and our longing for deliverance, Jesus calls to us, “Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come” (Mark 13:35).

We wait as people surprised again and again by God who shakes us out of our complacency and wakes us up to the work of the kin-dom all around us.

We light this candle as a sign of our shocking hope.

May we stay awake to God’s activity in the world as we wait in expectation that even now God is with us, working to restore us to the fullness of life with God and one another. Amen.

 

Wait on You by Maverick City Music
Chorus (x4)
I’m gonna wait on You
I’m gonna wait on You
I’ve tasted Your goodness
I’ll trust in Your promise

Bridge (x4)
Wait on the Lord
Wait on the Lord
He will renew Your strength
So wait I say

Chorus (x2)

 

We Will Find Our Hope by The Brilliance
Chorus
Hope, we will find our hope
We will find our hope
We will find our hope in You
Hope, we will find our hope
We will find our hope
We will find our hope in You

 

Silent Night (Advent) by South Bend City Church
Verse 1 (x2)
Silent night, the in-between fight,
Hoping for all made right.
Longing for the promised One,
Living presently till He comes.
Waiting in hopeful song
Waiting in hopeful song

 

Mariah: So today, in the waiting, in the hoping, would we feel your love around us. In this Advent season, whether we’re in waiting or in hoping or both, will we be comforted by the fact that your heart chases after us, your love chases after us. And even if the night is silent right now, it won’t be silent forever. That is our hope. Be near to us today. We love you, we pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.

Thank you guys so much. Go ahead and grab a seat.

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