This book contains service plans for five worship services (four weeks of Advent plus an introductory week). It explores the themes of waiting - for Jesus to come in the incarnation, to return in his second coming, and the waiting we all exprerience in our everyday lives.

A Personal Devotions book is also available (shipping 26th October) for the whole congregation to engage with during the week. These resources follow the pattern of our popular Worship in the Wilderness Lent material.

This Church Service Pack can be pre-ordered now, and will be ready to be shipped to you on 19th October (PDF ebooks will also be available from that date).

The book contains poems, song and hymn ideas, prayers, all-age activities, sermon outlines and responses. In addition to the book or ebook you will also get access to 15 videos, over 20 PowerPoints and many other downloadable documents. Below is one of the Intro Poems videos written by Amy Scott Robinson and animated by Richard Lyall.
 


The free downloads also includes 4 song videos of new songs created for the resource (either live “living room” versions or lyric videos). We're excited that one of these is a new song called Take Heart by Keiko Ying in collaboration with Resound Worship.  All of these are free to use in your online services, as well as any physical services you are able to gather for.
 


Below you can preview more of the songs and intro poems - these video files and many more are downloadable for free when you buy the Church Service Pack.

 

The themes for each week are:

INTRO WEEK: WAITING FOR A KING
Key readings: Dan 7:9-10, 9-13, Matt 25:31-46, Col 1:11-20
Key points - Advent is about the “coming” of a King. Different kind of King and Kingdom to what was expected.

ADVENT 1: HOLY SUSPENSE
Key Readings: Luke 21:25-36 or Mrk 13:24-37, Rom 13:11-14
Key points - Jesus will return at his second coming. We live in the “Now and Not Yet” - a time of waiting.

ADVENT 2: ACTIVE PATIENCE
Key Readings: Mal 3:1-4, 2 Pet 3:8-15
Key points - God is not slow but patient. We hope in a renewed heavens and earth.

ADVENT 3: HOPE-FILLED EXPECTATION
Key Readings: Isa 35:1-10, Matt 11:2-11, James 5:7-10
Key points - Dealing with disappointment. The two stage process of Jesus’ coming.

WEEK 4: AWE-STRUCK ANTICIPATION
Key Readings: Isaiah 7:10-16, Luke 1:26-38, 46-55, Matt 1:18-25
Key points - Jesus’ upside down Kingdom. Joyful tension of God-with-us.