Daily Worship Guide: December 1-6, 2014

This daily worship guide for the 1st week of Advent reflects the theme of spiritual warfare from the sermon on 1 John 3:7-8 in corporate worship on November 30.  Using this worship guide will help us extend and deepen the focus of corporate worship over the course of a whole week.  (This guide can be downloaded as a PDF or Microsoft Word document file here.)

Key themes: spiritual warfare, Jesus’ victory over the ultimate enemies that oppose his kingdom (sin, Satan, death)

(If you use this guide with a group, the leader can read the words in light print and the whole group can respond with the words in boldface print.)

GOD CALLS US TO WORSHIP from Isaiah 9:6

Our help is in the name of the Lord,
our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.
O come let us adore him!

WE PRAISE GOD: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
Audio (choral) | Audio (contemporary)

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here,
until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, thou Rod of Jesse, free
thine own from Satan’s tyranny.
From depths of hell thy people save,
and give them victory o’er the grave.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, thou Wisdom from on high,
and order all things far and nigh.
To us the path of knowledge show,
and cause us in her ways to go.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, thou Key of David, come
and open wide our heav’nly home,
make safe the way that leads on high,
and close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, thou Dayspring from on high
and cheer us by thy drawing nigh;
disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
and death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.

(Free prayers of praise and thanks)

WE CONFESS OUR SIN

Father, we listen to the devil’s lies, and we join the devil’s work in sin.
We reject your good and holy law as useless or evil,
and we rebel because we think you cannot or will not provide.
And when our sin degrades and destroys,
we flee your light to hide our guilt in the darkness.
We are sorry, and we humbly repent. Lord, have mercy.

(Silent prayers of confession)

Lord, forgive us for believing the devil’s foolish lies.
Fix our eyes firmly on Jesus, our champion,
who has come to destroy the devil’s works,
so that we can follow our King and walk in your light.

GOD DECLARES OUR FORGIVENESS from Psalm 130:4, 7-8

If the Lord should hold our sins against us, no one could stand.
But with the Lord there is forgiveness, that he may be feared.
O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
and with him is plentiful redemption.
And he will redeem you from all your sins.

GOD INSTRUCTS US

Monday             Psalm 2               Genesis 3:14–15

Tuesday            Psalm 9               Matthew 4:1–11

Wednesday       Psalm 12             Hebrews 2:10–18

Thursday           Psalm 7               1 Peter 5:6–11

Friday               Psalm 56             Ephesians 6:10–20

Saturday           Psalm 3               James 4:1–10

WE PRAY FOR THE CHURCH AND THE WORLD

Opening
Almighty God, you have made all things to serve you;
now prepare the world to receive your rule.
Come quickly, Lord Jesus, to end war and oppression,
to cleanse all corruption, to crush the head of Satan,
to wipe away every tear, to heal every pain
to destroy death, and to make all things new
so that your glory will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.

(Free prayers of petition)

Closing
Eternal King and Father of all mercies,
defend us in all assaults of our enemies,
that we may trust in your defense
and may not fear the power of any adversaries.
Preserve us with your mighty power that we may not fall into sin,
nor be overcome by adversity.
And in all we do, direct us to fulfill your perfect purpose;
through Jesus Christ, our risen and reigning Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

GOD BLESSES AND SENDS US from 2 Corinthians 13:14

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil,
and bring us to everlasting life.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ
and the love of God the Father
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all.

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