Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, December 22

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, December 22

I consider myself to be a fairly laid-back person.  However, this changes when I am stopped in traffic. I wouldn’t classify my reaction as “road rage” – I’m not screaming over the dulcet tones of NPR’s Fresh Air coming from the speakers of my Prius (the most rage-less vehicle available) – but I become very unsettled.  The reason behind this? Time. I hate nothing more than the thought of spending my time in a car, going nowhere. What a waste!  

The sad reality, though, is that I do not get upset over lost time that I would have spent doing good things.  Rather, I lament and fume over my loss of control. When I am in traffic, my time is at the mercy of a slow-moving mass of cars. It is in these times that I am reminded that the idea of being the master over my time is a farce (as it is with all things we try to control: finances, relationships, health, etc.). 

This Sunday, we continue our Advent series on mercy by discussing our use of time. Like finances, time is a resource that is given to us by God. Also like finances, time is something that is very easily to idolize.  To understand how to steward our time well, we look to the life of Christ, who gave his time liberally and mercifully to others.  In looking at how Christ spent his time on earth, we are confronted with a radical proposition: our time is not for our selves, it is for others and for the glory of God alone. 

In light of God’s mercy displayed in Christ’s incarnation, let us consider how we can give our time freely and mercifully to others for the furthering of the Kingdom. Moreover, let us remember that our King’s claim extends to all areas of our life, including our time. Rather than grasp at the facade of control, let us submit joyfully to Christ’s will for our time. 

THE WORD

Scripture: Matthew 9:9-13
Sermon: Mercy Time

SONGS

Come to Us Emmanuel (arr. Ordinary Time)
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Hark the Herald Angels Sing  (arr. Traditional)
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Go Tell It On the Mountain (arr. Traditional)
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Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent (arr. Traditional)
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Thou Who Wast Rich (arr. Ordinary Time)
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Song of Offering and Preparation: King of Kings  (arr. Ordinary Time)
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Song of Response: Of the Father’s Love Begotten (arr. Ordinary Time)
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