This Sunday was the first Sunday of the Christmas season, also known as Advent.  We joyously celebrated together in song, reading God’s word, hearing it proclaimed, and taking holy communion together.  We began singing “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus” fitting with the theme in Hebrews that Christ is the long awaited Messiah that Israel desired.  We also sung “Crown Him With Many Crowns” and finished with “Nothing But The Blood” by Matt Redman.  Before leading the last song I read from Hebrews 10:19-23

“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. ”

Justin Childers then opened God’s word to Hebrews 6:13-20 and pointed us to Christ who is the “Anchor of our souls“. 

We then took communion as a body, for the first time without our brothers and sisters from Goldsboro, it was bittersweet.  As we took the bread we sang the wonderful new Sovereign Grace song “By This We Know Love” and then as we took the cup we sang “Jesus Messiah“.  Finally after taking communion we all stood to sing “On Christ The Solid Rock I Stand

“When darkness seems to hide His face, I rest on His unchanging grace.  In every high and stormy gail my Anchor holds within the veil”

Praise God that Christ has gone in as a forerunner into the holy of holies, inside the ONLY veil that we should have a neverending hope of our eternal salvation.