When God Comes Down

When God Comes Down

  • Sermon Questions
  • Call to Worship: Adapted from  Psalm 80 (ESV)

         Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
                  you who lead Joseph like a flock.
         You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth
                  and come to save us!
         Restore us, O God;
                 let your face shine, that we may be saved!
         Turn again, O God of hosts!
                 Look down from heaven, and see.
         Restore us, O God of hosts;
                 let your face shine, that we may be saved!
         let your hand be on the man of your right hand,
                 the son of man whom you have made strong for yourself!
         Then we shall not turn back from you;
                 give us life, and we will call upon your name!
         Restore us, O LORD God of hosts!
                 Let your face shine, that we may be saved!

    Sermon ReadingIsaiah 64:1-7 (ESV)

    1Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,
        that the mountains might quake at your presence—
    as when fire kindles brushwood
        and the fire causes water to boil—
    to make your name known to your adversaries,
        and that the nations might tremble at your presence!
    When you did awesome things that we did not look for,
        you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.
    From of old no one has heard
        or perceived by the ear,
    no eye has seen a God besides you,
        who acts for those who wait for him.
    You meet him who joyfully works righteousness,
        those who remember you in your ways.
    Behold, you were angry, and we sinned;
        in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved?
    We have all become like one who is unclean,
        and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.
    We all fade like a leaf,
        and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
    There is no one who calls upon your name,
        who rouses himself to take hold of you;
    for you have hidden your face from us,
        and have made us melt in the hand of our iniquities.

    Sermon TextLuke 1:67-80 (ESV)

    67 And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying,

    68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
        for he has visited and redeemed his people
    69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
        in the house of his servant David,
    70 as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
    71 that we should be saved from our enemies
        and from the hand of all who hate us;
    72 to show the mercy promised to our fathers
        and to remember his holy covenant,
    73 the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us
    74     that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
    might serve him without fear,
    75     in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
    76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
        for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
    77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people
        in the forgiveness of their sins,
    78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
        whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high
    79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
        to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

    80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.