Longing for Peace
Scripture: Psalm 122:1–122:9
A Liturgical Note:
Last week began the season of Advent in which we celebrate the coming of Christ. We look back to the first coming of Christ with greatfulness and joy and we look forward to the second coming of Christ with hope and anticipation. Note in the worship service, several elements reflecting this celebration. Along with the purple paraments, evergreen arrangements reflect the everlasting life which Christ brings to his people. This year you will notice that each week more decorations and wreaths will be added to reflect the growing anticipation that we have for the coming of Christ. On Christmas Eve night, the paraments will change to white and the sanctuary will be fully decorated to welcome the Christ Child, Immanuel, God with Us.
Each week we will also include the lighting of the Advent wreath candles. This moment includes a Scripture reading and a prayer that reflects the four themes of Advent: Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love. On Christmas Eve night the final candle will be lit, the center white candle. This signals the birth of Christ, the Light of the world.
We hope that each of you will take time to reflect upon the beauty of the season displayed in the floral arrangements, the paraments, the liturgy, and the special music. May our hearts long for Christ and the beauty of His coming.
Sermon Text: Psalm 122
Sermon Title: Longing for Peace
- Every Christian Must Long for the Place of Peace (vv.1-2)
- Every Christian Must Long for the Blessings of Peace (vv. 3-5)
- Every Christian Must Pray for the Coming of Peace (vv. 6-9)