September 1993

RW 29
Advent/Christmas
Reformed Worship issue cover

Articles in this issue:

  • Notes

    An Advent Canopy

    Bob De Jonge, a member of Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was intrigued by "On the Way to Bethlehem," a resource in last year's Advent issue (RW25) that adapted the Children and Worship approach to create a Christmas program. With Children and Worship leaders, he adapted that resource into a processional that opened worship each week of Advent.

  • Second Sunday of Advent

    Isaiah 40:1-11

    This too-familiar Advent reading can be interpreted as a drama. The drama requires four voices, a band of exiles, and a speaking choir. Voices 1,2,3, and 4 are gathered in a heavenly council high and near the center of the chancel. The band of exiles is visible to one side on the lower level and appears defeated. The speaking choir is opposite the exiles.

  • Third Sunday of Advent

    Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

    Christians associate these words more readily with Jesus (Luke 4) than with Isaiah. Any sermon preached from Isaiah will surely proclaim Jesus as the anointed one, the Christ. But we should not rush too soon to Luke 4. We should first savor the revolutionary radical, wild announcement of the prophet, even though we will be tempted to tame it with reason and common sense.

  • Hymn of the Month

    DECEMBER

    Child So Lovely/ Nino Lindo

    One of the most pervasive Christmas folk traditions is the singing of lullabies. The Austrian "Silent Night" the Polish "Infant Holy" and the North American 'Away in a Manger" are some common examples of Christmas carols that often function as lullabies in Christmas season tableaux, church school programs, and carol services.

  • Fourth Sunday of Advent

    2 Samuel 7:1-11; 16

    This lection is directly tied to the gospel for the day (Luke 1:26-38). But apart from that, this message from God to David marks a turning point in the history of God's people.

  • SERVICE FOR CHRISTMAS DAY

    Prelude

    Greeting

    Greetings, favored ones, the Lord is with you.

    His name is Immanuel, God with us.

    Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!

    Hymn: "O Come, All Ye Faithful"
    [PsH 340, PH 41-42, RL 195, TH 208]

    Scripture Reading: Luke 2:1-7