December 11, 2016

As we approach Christmas, we continue our month-long theme Let There Be Light — focusing our attention on the Light that shines in the darkness, Jesus (John 1). 

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

We open our worship gatherings with a Christmas carol that has remarkable theological richness and depth. In Hark! the Herald Angels Sing, we will sing the gospel —

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail th'incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with men to dwell
Jesus our Emmanuel

As we sing the good news of great joy of Jesus' birth, we join with creation in giving "glory to the newborn King."

O Come All Ye Faithful

Just as the shepherds were invited see the newborn King (Luke 2:12), we are invited to worship the Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This Christmas favorite encourages us to "come and behold Him." Christians have been singing this hymn for nearly three centuries, and its call remains the same — O come, let us adore Him!

Sing Choirs of Angels

Our worship choir will lead in this Christmas worship anthem. It is a call to join with the angels and all of creation to give glory to the One born for us.

Join with the hosts on high, rejoice
The angel choirs sing, "Gloria"
As Heav'n and nature lift their voice
The angel choirs sing, "Gloria"
The angel choirs sing, "Gloria"

Jesus Messiah

Several hundred years before the birth of Christ, the prophet Isaiah foretold the significance of Jesus' birth:

    Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign.
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and shall call his name Immanuel. — Isaiah 7:14

Emmanuel. Jesus is God with us — and He comes as Redeemer (2 Cor 5:21). We sing the gospel as we prepare for the preaching of God's Word.

All Is Well

We respond to the proclaimed Word with this beautiful setting of text and tune — a reminder that "all is well" because of what Christ has done. This world is dark; Jesus brings light. This world is at war; Jesus brings peace. Indeed, to tell the Christmas story is to tell the gospel story. Jesus has come ... so rejoice!

All is well, all is well
Angels and men rejoice
For tonight darkness fell
Into the dawn of love's light
Sing alle, sing alleluia

Let us come to our weekend worship gatherings as a people prepared.