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WORSHIP

In worship we interact with the God of the universe who loved us so much that he sent his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to show humanity a better way of living life. As we worship God here at Smyrna First United Methodist Church, we have several types of worship experiences. As an early worship experience on Sunday mornings, there is a contemporary service that seeks to experience the fullness of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, which enables us to understand and incorporate God’s redemptive plan in our lives in vital and new ways. A Praise Band, banners, and drama are often utilized to express our worship of God in this service.

Another worship experience we offer is a more traditional service where the historic creeds, hymns, and affirmations of the Christian faith are used in a traditional and full expression of worship of God. Both experiences are affirmations of people who are excited about worshipping the Lord. Additionally we have worship in a Latino service on Sunday evening and another Sunday evening service that is more intimate and vital for exploring faith in Jesus Christ.

8:30 AM        CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP

11:00 AM     TRADITIONAL WORSHIP

ADVENT

December 1st marks the start of the holy season of Advent and the beginning of the church liturgical year. The word Advent comes from the Latin adventus, which means “coming.” It is a season of preparation for the coming of Christ. We prepare to celebrate the birth of our Savior once again. During this beautiful season of worship, we celebrate what God has done as the Word became flesh and dwelled among us with the birth of the Christ child. Through all the many preparations with Christmas cards, parties, baking, music, and gift giving, we share the joy of the best gift the world has ever received.

Yet, there’s another side to Advent that often gets overlooked. And that is the anticipation of the second coming of Christ in final victory. We celebrate what God has already done with the birth of Christ, but we also look forward to the day of Christ’s return. During Advent, we lean a little closer into the tension of living in the already but not yet coming of the kingdom of heaven. We recognize a little more fully that God’s not done with us or our world yet. And in this knowledge, we find hope that helps us endure and weather the storms of life.

Many people experience the storms of grief and depression more profoundly during this “most wonderful time of the year.” My prayer for you is that you would experience this deeper sense of Advent and find hope as we anticipate what God has yet to do, and in the knowledge that Jesus is our Emmanuel, which means “God with us.” God is with us in our grief and loss just like God is with us in our joy and celebration.

Wherever you are in your spiritual journeys, I hope you’ll join me this Advent in both celebrating what God has already done and experience the excitement of anticipating what God is getting ready to do here at Smyrna FUMC! Most recently, I celebrate that we had a record-setting 65 Thanksgiving baskets donated that will go to Head Start families and others. I celebrate that church council approved the purchase of a new video camera for our sanctuary, so that we will soon be able to reach more people for Christ as we both record and live-stream our worship services. I celebrate that church council voted to become a host congregation for Family Promise of Rutherford County, a ministry for homeless families in our community. God is on the move at Smyrna FUMC, and I am excited about where God is taking us. This Advent season, may we all experience the love and presence of Christ more fully as we prepare for and anticipate the coming our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Wishing you a blessed Advent,

Pastor Theresa

Sermons

December 8, Isaiah 11:1-10 "What Are You Waiting For?"

December 15, Luke 1:46-55  "What Brings You Joy?

December 22, Matthew 1:18-25 "A Change of Plans"

December 24, Luke 2:1-20 "Love is Born"

December 29, Matthew 2:13-23 "A Savior on the Run"