The Lord is Come: Incarnate Joy

By December 23, 2019Advent, Sanctuary, Worship

Dear friends,

Do you remember a moment, event, or revelation that changed your life, your outlook, and your trajectory forever? How did you feel in that moment? Were you aware in that moment that you were encountering what “deep joy” is all about?

This Christmas Eve in the Sanctuary, we’ll be wrapping up our Joy to the World Advent worship series with “The Lord is Come: Incarnate Joy” in six very special candlelight communion services:

  • Our first service is at noon with Rev. Lance Marshall preaching
  • Our second and third services, at 3:30 and 5:00 pm, are our family-friendly services where I’ll be joining Mister Mark Burrows for a wonderful Christmas Eve worship service for the whole family. (There could be puppets . . .)
  • And then, at 7:00, 9:00, and 11:00 pm I’ll be preaching, we’ll have stirring Christmas eve music from our Choral Union and Fort Worth Brass

In this series we have examined Joy from several different angles — Hopeful Joy, Loving Joy, Unabashed Joy, and Peaceful Joy to arrive at the culmination of the series: Incarnate Joy.  This is the deep joy that is present in the person of Jesus.  This is the joy that comes from knowing that God has entered into humanity in the most intimate, personal way—as a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.  And the good news of Christmas Eve’s Incarnate Joy? God is birthing this joy within us again and again.

In our beloved classic Christmas hymn that has set the backdrop for this season of Joy, Christmas Eve brings us back to the first verse. As we invite this deep, multifaceted joy to become centered within us, heaven and nature will sing a new song for all who have made space in their hearts to receive earth’s King.

Joy to the world! The Lord is come:

let earth receive her King;

let ev’ry heart prepare him room,

and heav’n and nature sing,

and heav’n and nature sing,

and heav’n, and heav’n and nature sing.

I look forward to worshipping with you on Christmas Eve and celebrating anew the birth of Jesus and the birth of Joy in our hearts.

Grace and peace,

Dr. Tim Bruster
Senior Pastor


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