Celebrate the Gospel of Grace with Us

READ, LISTEN, WATCH

Click on the video above to watch our livestream on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.! You can also watch current and previous services on our Facebook page here, or scroll down this page to watch services from our current sermon series. For transcripts of Jason’s latest sermons, click here.

Click here to learn about our Sunday School classes and small groups.

Our in-person services on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. include live singing, a sermon, communion, and other familiar parts of the order of worship.

We want everyone to feel safe. Our COVID-19 protocols are based on recommendations from the CDC, the Bishop, and the Virginia Conference. Here are the COVID-19 practices we will follow this week:

  • Fairfax County and the CDC are currently strongly recommending that everyone wear masks at public events indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Please wear a mask during worship. People 2 years old and up who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear masks at all times. You may remove your mask to consume the communion elements.
  • Please enter through Door #1. We will check you off a list of attendees or add your name, email, and phone to the list. You may exit through any door.
  • Pews will be marked for social distancing. Please follow the ushers’ instructions.
  • We will have printed bulletins.
  • Offering plates will be in front; please leave your offering when you come forward for communion (we will continue to use the prepackaged communion packs). All undesignated offerings will go to the Operating Budget. If you would like to make a contribution to the Pastors’ Discretionary Fund or other designated fund, please use an envelope or make a notation on the memo line of your check. Giving envelopes and pencils will be in the pews.
  • Please maintain social distance.

We hope you will join us this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. If you prefer, join us for the live-stream on Facebook and the website at 10:30 a.m. We will continue this schedule through the summer, making adjustments as necessary.

Join us for Morning Prayer, 8:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. Led by David King, who is now a student at Princeton, the morning prayer follows the liturgy from Brian Zahnd’s Prayer School. Find the Zoom link at www.annandalechurch.com/morningprayer or go to our Facebook page. You can download the liturgy at www.annandalechurch.com/morningliturgy. All are welcome to join us each weekday morning!

WORSHIP FOR ALL AGES

During our worship services, we have children’s moments when children can come up front to hear a special word from God geared for little ears and hearts.

We also believe God put the wiggles in children, so don’t feel you have to suppress them when in God’s house. However, the following options are available for your convenience:

  • Rocking chairs are available outside the sanctuary. There are also a small selection of toys for our littlest friends available in a cabinet in the atrium; see one of our greeters if you need help finding them.
  • Worship bags: Even the most creative and interesting worship experience can be a long time for children. Worship bags are available just outside the sanctuary for children to use during worship. The bags include coloring pages, small toys and games, and no-mess crafts. Please remove used pages and return the bags so they will be available for the next Sunday.
CURRENT WORSHIP SERIES

The Fifth Gospel — Isaiah 40-55

The more we get to know Isaiah 40–55, the more we will understand how the first followers of Jesus understood “The Gospel.”

The Book of Isaiah is actually a compilation written by three different prophets during different periods in Israel’s history. Second Isaiah or Deutero-Isaiah is the prophet responsible for the long, powerful poem in chapters 40-55. Fleming Rutledge refers to Isaiah 40-55 as the “operating system” for the New Testament. Some of the early Church Fathers regarded Isaiah as “the great prophet,” calling Isaiah 40-55 the “Fifth Gospel.” 

It’s not hard to see why they called it the Fifth Gospel. When you think of a royal figure who will suffer to bring about God’s long-planned redemption, the “servant songs” in Isaiah 40–55, climaxing in chapter 53, are the obvious places to go. These chapters constitute one of the greatest poems ever written, touching the heights and depths of human and spiritual experience, reaching a sustained climax which opens a vista on creation itself renewed and restored.

Written during the time of exile, from which God’s people must have thought they would never return, the prophets had insisted that this exile was not a mere political disaster, it was the working out of divine judgment and redemption. It doesn’t take much imagination to see how all this was drawn on eagerly by the first Christians. When they said that “the Messiah died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,” they didn’t just have the odd verse here and there in mind. They had the entire sequence of thought of chapters 40–55. This is what it looked like when Israel’s elongated “exile” was undone at last. This is the means by which the sins not only of the people but of the whole world would be dealt with, so that God’s ancient covenant could be renewed and the whole world filled with the divine glory.

The more we get to know Isaiah 40–55, the more we will understand how the first followers of Jesus understood “the Gospel.” 

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