Author: Scott Aniol

Advent is a wonderful time of year to both remember the prophecies regarding Christ’s first coming and anticipate his coming again. If all of the prophecies concerning his first coming were fulfilled with complete literalness, we can have confidence that …

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Revelation: God Making Himself Known to Us Silent Prayer and Meditation Prelude: “Now Thank We All Our God”         Cruger/Mendelssohn Christian Greeting       Leader: The Lord be with you. People: And also with you. A Psalm of Thanksgiving based on Psalm 136 …

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God, our God has blessed us. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. He chose us in Him before the foundation of …

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We thank you, O God for the manifold gifts you have given to us. And yet we confess to you that we have often taken for granted your grace and your goodness toward us. We have delighted in the gifts …

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The following prayer can be used responsively with the congregation, alternating between the prayer and the hymn stanzas below: We-Praise-Thee,-O-God,-Our-Redeemer,-Creator Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion, and to you shall vows be performed. Happy are those whom …

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Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and …

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The German Lutheran tradition has a rich heritage of Christmas hymns. “Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light” comes from Lutheran pastor, Johann Rist in 1641. He originally wrote a 12-stanza poem on the incarnation that was later paraphrased and adapted …

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“Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” is one of the oldest, if not the oldest Christian hymn still in common use today. Adapted from the fourth-century Liturgy of St. James, which is still used by Eastern Orthodox churches today, this hymn text …

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In this video workshop presented as part of the Resourcing Worship Virtual Conference, Dr. Scott Aniol explains how to plan gospel-shaped worship, and why it is important.

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