Friday, December 14, 2007

The Blessing of the World

This Sunday we will celebrate together the coming of Jesus the Christ, the Son of God. There is a tremendous mystery here which should make us bow down in awe, but there is also great joy here, for Jesus is the one who will save his people from their sins. Charles Wesley put it this way in the hymn we will sing together, Hark! the Herald Angels Sing:
Christ, by highest heav'n adored;
Christ, the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold him come,
Offspring of the Virgin's womb:
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
Hail th' incarnate Deity,
Pleased as man with men to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the newborn King.

Hail, the heav'n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Ris'n with healing in His wings.
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that man no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the newborn King.

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (#90)
The Savior of the World (#127)
The First Noel (#98)
What Child Is This? (#103)
Silent Night! Holy Night! (#109)
Joy to the World (#92)

Scripture Readings
Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25
Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Isaiah 9:2-7

The Blessing of Abraham - Genesis 12:1-3; Gal 3:8

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