Advent Conspiracy Week 4: Worship Fully

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Read Psalm 111

Think of this. God has given us air to breathe right this minute, a heart that beats every second, jagged mountains, luminous oceans, shimmering rivers, breathing forests, still ponds, grassy fields, moss comfortably growing at the base of a telephone pole, a worm turning the compost over, a baby’s bright eyes focusing on a reflection, coffee lathered in a mug, paint applied, paper cuts, beads strung, clay pressed, wood sanded—all of it blanketed by God’s beauty.

And, what’s more, God placed us in His immense world to explore it, describe it, steward it and respond to His beauty and His creativity. This encounter with God draws us into an expression called worship. We relate back to God through our work and play, rest and pain, hurried chaos and silence. Categories of where and how and when are broken apart as we see more of Jesus in all things and respond to Him in all things.

icn-worship-fully.jpgWhen the baby King arrived the angels responded in a massive outburst of joy in front of the shepherds. Magi came with their huge caravan from far away to bow down before Him. For 2,000 years people have celebrated His first arrival at the same time that they wait for His return. This year it’s your turn to Worship Fully.

You see, Christmas is about so much more than a fun day, good parties, and a few new things, it’s about a King who came to show us the way home, fill us with His Spirit, and welcome us into His family. So the hope is that we use all of the Christmas merriment to remind us of Him, to remind us that we’re going home to be with Him face-to-face. And when that happens we won’t carry our Christmas bags or our cool new stuff with us, we’ll carry the memories of how we participated in His adventures, how we’ve waited for Him, and how He revealed what He was up to in our lives and the lives of the people we loved along the way.

ASK

  • What do you enjoy most about Jesus the King?
  • What do you wonder about him?
  • How are you seeing him differently during this Advent season?

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PRACTICE

Use this little template below as a worship experience! Dim the lights, and light some candles. Keep things fun! (Giggling is bound to happen if you have little ones, so roll with what you can and invite your kiddos into it.)

  • Read Isaiah 9:6 and praise God for Who He is.
    “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
  • Wonderful Counselor Thank Christ for how He is the best counselor. List, or draw a picture of something difficult that He is helping you with or that you’re waiting on.
  • Mighty God Tell His story to each other. Write names of God or draw pictures of stories you remember that show His power.
  • Prince of Peace Talk about what ways this season he has involved you in bringing peace in the lives of people around you and thank him for it! What are some other things you’ll be doing to help the poor or lonely?
  • Sing the song “Joy to the World” and remember what He’s doing to bring peace.

Joy to the World, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room, And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing, and Heaven, and Heaven and nature sing.
He rules the world with truth and grace, And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love, and wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders of His love.

PRAY

Ask God to help you celebrate and honor the gift of Jesus not only at Christmas, but all year round!

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