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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. Let’s marvel together at our great God.

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.

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.

Feasting on the Word Worship Companion: Liturgies for Year C, Volume 1, Advent through Pentecost

Feasting on the Word Worship Companion: Liturgies for Year C, Volume Advent through Pentecost

"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?

As we walk around the rest of this season, as we see the nativity scenes on display in homes and stores, we can remember the names of this baby lying still in the manger.

Wonder: Times of Tragedy and the Meaning of Names

As we walk around the rest of this season, as we see the nativity scenes on display in homes and stores, we can remember the names of this baby lying still in the manger.

Opening prayer telling the story about Mary and Elizabeth expecting. This is adapted from Children at Worship. Divide the congregation in ha...

Opening prayer telling the story about Mary and Elizabeth expecting. This is adapted from Children at Worship. Divide the congregation in ha.

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

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.

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