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Welcome to the Iowa City Church sermon and teaching page.  We know that life can be confusing, and sometime just plain hard.  We believe the best way to live life comes through following Jesus.  These lessons and sermons are designed to be a resource to help you on that journey.  We hope you find them helpful!

Dec 17, 2021

Imagine for one moment that a VIP is coming to visit you, in your home!  You have one day to prepare, what do you do?  Cleaning, organizing, and maybe even some redecorating.  Why all the effort?  Simply put, when someone of worth stops for a visit, we want to honor them.
For almost as long as the Church has been around, it has been celebrating advent.  Advent comes from the Latin word, adventus and it simply means coming.  In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Christians would focus on different spiritual disciplines to prepare to celebrate the coming of Jesus.
One of the disciplines they would practice is that of worship.  For most Christians in the United States, worship has a very narrow definition; a song we sing during a corporate worship service.  The experience of worship is then usually connected to how the song service makes us feel.  Unfortunately, this is a very narrow understanding of worship. 
Worship as described in Scripture has a much broader definition.  For example, one of the most frequent descriptions for worship is to bow down.  If something is worthy of worship, we bow down or prostrate ourselves in humility and reverence to it.  We don't see that very often during our worship services!
So what's the point?  If we want to experience our best Christmas ever, it's going to start with a broader practice of worship.

In this sermon we will study a beautiful worship song written by Jesus' mother Mary.  We can learn a lot from her example.  She's preparing for the arrival of Jesus, and to get ready, she worships!  If you are want to have the best Christmas ever, it's time to's time to worship.  Do you want to learn more about how to broaden your spiritual discipline of worship?  Don't miss out on part one of Advent ~ Preparing for Christmas.