Going into the third week of Advent the third candle is lit and the theme is “love.”
How do we know what love is? The friends and staff at Mosaic in Colorado Springs are asked that question. At Friendship Fellowship the word “Love” is defined Biblically by quoting the famous “16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16. We define this “wondrous love” at Advent in the Christmas Hymn: “What Wondrous love is this?”
Hope and Peace
Then we review and sing about where we have been with these stories from the prophets, the history of between the Old Testament and the New Testament and sing the songs that reveal hope in “Old Little town of Bethlehem, where the hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight” with the contemporary song that sings “Our hope is in You- the light of the world.” The defining peace through the King of Peace and singing “Silent Night.” Friends, Caregivers and families go to prayer after worship and specifically pray a thanks for this gift of Love and how can we tell about that love to others?
The Matt Redman song is taught, shared and learned.
This is how we know
This is how we know what love is
Just one look at Your cross
And this is where we see
This is where we see how love works
For You surrendered Your all
And this is how we know
That You have loved us first
This is where we chose
To love You in return
For You so loved the world
That You gave Your only Son
Love amazing, so divine
We will love You in return
For this life that You give
For this death that You have died
Love amazing, so divine
We will love You in reply, Lord
(REPEAT VERSE 1)
(REPEAT CHORUS TWICE)
Our love will be loud
Our love will be strong
Our love shall be hands and feet
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That serve You in this world
So let us stay true
And let it endure
That You will be glorified
And worshiped and adored
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Savior of the World
King Jesus we love You
For we have been loved
We have been loved
God defines what love is. Love brings freedom- Christ brings freedom:
Announce Freedom to All Captives
61 1-7 The Spirit of God, the Master, is on me
because God anointed me.
He sent me to preach good news to the poor,
heal the heartbroken,
Announce freedom to all captives,
pardon all prisoners.
God sent me to announce the year of his grace—
a celebration of God’s destruction of our enemies—
and to comfort all who mourn,
To care for the needs of all who mourn in Zion,
give them bouquets of roses instead of ashes,
Messages of joy instead of news of doom,
a praising heart instead of a languid spirit.
Rename them “Oaks of Righteousness”
planted by God to display his glory.
They’ll rebuild the old ruins,
raise a new city out of the wreckage.
They’ll start over on the ruined cities,
take the rubble left behind and make it new.
You’ll hire outsiders to herd your flocks
and foreigners to work your fields,
But you’ll have the title “Priests of God,”
honored as ministers of our God.
You’ll feast on the bounty of nations,
you’ll bask in their glory.
Because you got a double dose of trouble
and more than your share of contempt,
Your inheritance in the land will be doubled
and your joy go on forever.
8-9 “Because I, God, love fair dealing
and hate thievery and crime,
I’ll pay your wages on time and in full,
and establish my eternal covenant with you.
Your descendants will become well-known all over.
Your children in foreign countries
Will be recognized at once
as the people I have blessed.”
10-11 I will sing for joy in God,
explode in praise from deep in my soul!
He dressed me up in a suit of salvation,
he outfitted me in a robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom who puts on a tuxedo
and a bride a jeweled tiara.
For as the earth bursts with spring wildflowers,
and as a garden cascades with blossoms,
So the Master, God, brings righteousness into full bloom
and puts praise on display before the nations.
The Most Important Command
34-36 When the Pharisees heard how he had bested the Sadducee, they gathered their forces for an assault. One of their religion scholars spoke for them, posing a question they hoped would show him up: “Teacher, which command in God’s Law is the most important?”
37-40 Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.”