Friday, November 22, 2013

Welcome To Our World

Advent is the Christian holiday to welcome and celebrate the coming of Jesus into our world. Advent means coming or arrival. Our Lord, the one who was and is and is to come, came first as a babe in Bethlehem on a holy mission to proclaim the Kingdom of God and save us from sin and death. He is with us now, dwelling among us by the presence of the Holy Spirit. And he will come again to our world at the end of time to make all things right. John the Baptist came with a message saying, “Prepare the way of the Lord”. God told John that, even though the people had the prophecies and promises and were waiting, their hearts and souls were not ready for His arrival. John called the people to repent, consecrate themselves and make straight the crooked and wild places in their lives because the King was coming – in fact He was already at the door. That was over 2000 years ago. Every year Advent causes us to ask again: Are we ready for the coming of the True King? Are we prepared to welcome him to our world? This Advent, let’s welcome Jesus and prepare for his advent in our world. Welcome to Our World by Chris Rice Tears are falling Hearts are breaking How we need to hear from God You've been promised We've been waiting Welcome holy Child Welcome holy Child Hope that You don't mind our manger How I wish we would have known But long-awaited holy Stranger Make Yourself at home Please make Yourself at home Bring Your peace Into our violence Bid our hungry souls be filled Word now breaking heaven's silence Welcome to our world Welcome to our world Fragile finger sent to heal us Tender brow prepared for thorn Tiny heart whose blood will save us Unto us is born Unto us is born So wrap our injured flesh around You Breathe our air and walk our sod Rob our sin and make us holy Perfect Son of God Perfect Son of God Welcome to our world CCLI Song # 2317391 CCLI License # 751712 Chris Rice © 1995 Clumsy Fly Music (Admin. by Word Music Group, Inc.)

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