Monday, November 23, 2015

Advent 2015: From Heaven to Earth

Friends, this is a bit of a last-minute post, but here it is!  Hopefully most all of you are in the thick of your Advent planning - or it's done already!  Just in case, here's what we'll be offering this year at FUMC of Arlington, TX.

Liturgy resources can be found here.


Advent/Christmas 2015 Worship Series: November 29 - January 3

From Heaven to Earth


Advent 1 - Nov 29

  • Sermon Title:  “The Day is Coming”
    • Scripture: Jeremiah 33:14-16
      • 2nd - 1 Thess 3:9-13
  • Candle - Hope
  • Themes
    • Setting the series … From Heaven to Earth
    • What its like to wait … … And still be hopeful
    • Explaining Advent - it isn’t Christmas, yet
    • Speaking of exile (Jeremiah)
    • Who is actually waiting to meet Jesus?  Who needs to meet Jesus and hasn’t?
      • God’s long-view on deliverance and our work in the meantime. 
    • Nicene Creed
      • Light from Light, True God from True God

Advent 2 - Dec 6

  • Sermon Title:  “People, Get Ready”
    • Scripture:  Luke 3:1-6
      • Malachi 3:1-4
  • Candle - Love
  • Themes
    • Setting the stage … Luke is creating a backdrop of kings and emperors, while the King of Kings is coming out of nowhere and nothing.
    • Love means telling it like it is, sometimes - J the B.
    • IT'S THE FEAST OF ST. NICHOLAS


Advent 3 - Dec 13

  • Sermon Title: “Filled With Expectation” 
    • Scripture: Luke 3:7-18
      • 2nd - Isaiah 12:2-6
  • Candle - Joy
  • Themes
    • How are we preparing to meet the Messiah?  Are we focused on our needs, or the needs of others?
      • Are we heading into a joyful season?  Is it joyful for everyone?
    • Unreasonable expectations
      • What do you expect to get from this season?  What are you prepared to give?  John stood his ground.
    • Trimming back to proclaim the good news.


Advent 4 - Dec 20

  • Sermon Title: “We Are Blessed”
    • Scripture: Luke 1:39-55
      • 2nd - Micah 5:2-5a
  • Candle - Peace
  • Themes
    • God’s peace comes with a special kind of justice
      • But it's the same theme that God has been working with since the very beginning: care for the least of these
    • Turning the world on its head … who would’ve thought God would choose a person like Mary to be mother to God?
      • Our God is a fan of the underdog


Christmas Eve - Dec 24

  • Sermon Title: “From Heaven to Earth”
    • Scripture: Luke 2:1-20
  • Candle - Christ
  • Themes
    • CHRISTMAS
    • Incarnation
      • What does it actually mean for the world that Emmanuel would be a human baby, in actuality?
      • How does this amazing gift show how highly God thinks of us?  Or what brings out the best in us?


Sunday After Christmas - Dec 27

  • Sermon Title: “Love Came Down at Christmas”
    • Scripture - Colossians 3:12-17
      • 2nd - Psalm 148
  • Themes
    • CHRISTMAS
    • The values that God sent Jesus to demonstrate to us:
      • Compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience
    • Love
      • God so loves the world ...

Epiphany Sunday - January 3 

  • Sermon Title: “Searching for Jesus”
    • Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12
      • 2nd - Psalm 72:1-7
  • Themes
    • Where do we expect to find Jesus?  Might that be a dangerous search?
      • Who would be the opposition?
      • The political cost of following Jesus, bending the Messiah to our vision, rather than God's vision.
    • God Revealed - the meaning of  Epiphany 
      • Welcoming the Gentiles to the Kingdom.
    • Offering a Wesleyan Covenant Service
    • The New Year