Preparing for Sunday - December 17, 2017

Hey Shoreliners!

We’re continuing our Christmas sermon series this week - Pastor Pilgrim will take us further into Luke 2 to discover the worship of Simeon. We have the awesome privilege to keep singing both classic and newer versions of Christmas carols, you do not want to miss a Sunday this month!

Check out what we’ll be singing this week:

1.   Joy to the World - Isaac Waats (arr. by Chris Tomlin)

Next to “Silent Night”, this is the one of the most popular and well-known Christmas carols. It was written by Isaac Waats in 1719 based off of Psalm 98, Psalm 96:11-12 and Genesis 3:17-18. Mr. Waats originally wrote this hymn with Jesus’ second coming in mind, but over the years it has become more popular to sing at Christmastime. This version includes an added chorus by Chris Tomlin, which speaks of the affect that joy has on our lives.

2.   Angels from the Realms of Glory - James Montgomery (arr. by Paul Baloche)

Pastor Pilgrim shared the amazing story of James Montgomery and the background behind this hymn last Sunday. Go listen to last weeks sermon if you missed it!  

3.   God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman - Traditional (arr. by Meredith Andrews) 

We’ll continue by singing another traditional Christmas carol that speaks of the comfort and joy we have because of Christ’s appearing. This version includes an added chorus worshipping our Savior for bringing hope to all mankind.

4.   Come Thou Long Expected Jesus - Charles Wesley (arr. by Fernando Ortega)

We’ll finish our opening time of worship by singing one last Christmas hymn, written by the great hymn-writer, Charles Wesley.  The lyrics focus on God choosing to give the Messiah to the world in the form of Jesus. It also focuses on the Israelites longing for the Messiah to come and take the burden of sins from them to take them upon himself.

5.   There is a Redeemer - Keith Green

We’ll close out our service by looking to Christ’s redemptive work on the cross. He is the perfect Lamb of God, the Messiah and our Redeemer. Thank you Father for sending us Your Son!