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Wonder: Compelled to worship

Wonder: Compelled to Worship

Wonder: Rediscover the Christmas Story. An Advent series running December 1 through December Please join me in a season of wonder and worship.

Star Gifts | Reformed Worship...everyone gets a paper star with a word on it to reflect upon throughout the coming year; could also modify for the home

Where Twenty or Thirty are Gathered: Creative Worship Ideas for Smaller Congregations

Imagine the excitement of coordinating every aspect of a church's life during the Advent season. Older children, youth and adults study coordinated Sunday School lessons. The Sunday morning worship experience continues the theme. Intergenerational activities further unpack the theme on Wednesday or Sunday evenings.    Celebrate Advent offers this sort of comprehensive church-wide experience for a church.

Celebrate Advent: Worship and Learning Resources

I love this Advent Nature Table walk. The wisemen move forward one rock each day.

Winter nature table -I love this Advent Nature Table walk. The wisemen move forward one rock each day. I think this is the best advent calendar I've seen yet!

I have heard people (maybe even me at some points of my journey) talk about “the God of the Old Testament,” as if the birth of Jesus fundamentally changed the kind of God we worship. Though it is true the incarnation brought something new and incomprehensibly beautiful, and though it is true Jesus offers a depth of redemption during this life that was not available before, it is also true that our God is the same God He has always been.

Is there a God of the Old Testament?

I have heard people (maybe even me at some points of my journey) talk about “the God of the Old Testament,” as if the birth of Jesus fundamentally changed the kind of God we worship. Though it is true the incarnation brought something new and incomprehensibly beautiful, and though it is true Jesus offers a depth of redemption during this life that was not available before, it is also true that our God is the same God He has always been.

The quiet baby lying in the bed of hay cannot be contained in our nativity scenes and simple visualizing of that first Christmas. When Jesus was born, He exploded everything about the world as we had known it.

Wonder: How Do You Wrap Up the Son of God?

The quiet baby lying in the bed of hay cannot be contained in our nativity scenes and simple visualizing of that first Christmas. When Jesus was born, He exploded everything about the world as we had known it.

What does it mean to encounter I AM?  Suddenly, what once felt formal and distant, feels intimate and powerful. And I’m reminded how so much in what prayer and praise feels like returns to how we view God.

Calling on the Name of the Lord

What does it mean to encounter I AM? Suddenly, what once felt formal and distant, feels intimate and powerful. And I’m reminded how so much in what prayer and praise feels like returns to how we view God.

Intergenerational Advent Worship!  Some great ideas.

This Generation Korean-American Pastor and Mother has wonderful ideas. This one is about an intergenerational Advent worship experience.

I want to know what that pregnancy was like. Did Jesus kick a lot? Was He an active baby, stretching his arms and legs, anxious to break free into the world? Or was He content to rest as He waited out the process of growth?    How did His body and Mary’s body struggle together in the birth process? Were the contractions strong? The labor arduous and slow?    Whatever the answers to those questions, it is the asking of them that brings me to wonder.

Wonder: The Humble Submission of Jesus

I want to know what that pregnancy was like. Did Jesus kick a lot? Was He an active baby, stretching his arms and legs, anxious to break free into the world? Or was He content to rest as He waited out the process of growth? How did His body and Mary’s body struggle together in the birth process? Were the contractions strong? The labor arduous and slow? Whatever the answers to those questions, it is the asking of them that brings me to wonder.

"Daddy, will you kiss it?"   It is our uncertainty about God's answer to that question that holds us back in our prayers. In so many ways, it's what we really want to know.  God, will you pause what you are doing, come down to my level, look in my eyes, and acknowledge my pain?

Will you kiss it?

"Daddy, will you kiss it?" It is our uncertainty about God's answer to that question that holds us back in our prayers. In so many ways, it's what we really want to know. God, will you pause what you are doing, come down to my level, look in my eyes, and acknowledge my pain?

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