The Resurrection Of The Dead
1 Cor 15:35-57
Lead Pastor- Eastern Hills
Call to Worship
You know what time it is,
that it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep.
For salvation is nearer to us now
than when we became believers;
the night is far gone, the day is near.
Let us then lay aside the works of darkness
and put on the armor of light.
Come, let us worship God.
—based on Romans 13:11-12
We light these candles as a sign of the coming light of Christ.
Advent means coming.
We are preparing for the full coming of God’s kingdom:
The nations shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more.
The wolf shall live with the lamb,
the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together,
and a little child shall lead them.
The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad,
the desert shall rejoice and blossom;
like wildflowers it shall blossom abundantly,
and rejoice with joy and singing.
The days are surely coming, says the Lord,
when I will fulfill the promise I made
to the house of Israel and the house of Judah.
In those days and at that time I will cause
a righteous Branch to spring up for David;
and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.
In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety.
And this is the name by which it will be called:
“The Lord is our righteousness.”
People of God: Jesus Christ, our Lord,
whose coming we announce in this season, is our righteousness.
In Christ, we are made right with God.
Thanks be to God!
—based on Jeremiah 33:14-16
In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit,
let us strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks
and to live holy and joyful lives,
even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth,
praying: Come, Lord Jesus! Amen.
—from A Brief Statement of Faith