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Heart Prep for Sunday, January 1, 2023

Our text this week is Revelation 19:6-9 and two other Revelation passages that make up the text of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. Our worship theme is “Hallelujah!” In addition to singing, we’ll also be listening to the Hallelujah Chorus and then seeing its context in Scripture. The visual theme is “Winter Dawn,” because this final message in the series points to the dawn of Christmas-Yet-to-Come.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 230101 Heart Prep

Call to Worship:
Agnus Dei

Revelation 19:6–9 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. 7Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; 8it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. 9And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”

Revelation 11:15–17 Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.” 16And the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17saying, “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, who is and who was, for you have taken your great power and begun to reign.

Worship Set:
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

How Many Kings

Preparation for the Word: The Silent Monks sing the Hallelujah Chorus

Message: Hallelujah!

Response to the Word: The Hallelujah Chorus

Closing Worship:
Joy to the World – Hymn #125

 Scripture for Meditation:
Revelation 19:11–16 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.

1 Timothy 6:13–16 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.