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Sunday's Hymn: Angels, from the Realms of Glory

Angels, from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o’er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation’s story,
Now proclaim Messiah’s birth;

Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King.

Shepherds in the fields abiding,
Watching o’er your flocks by night,
God with man is now residing,
Yonder shines the infant light:

Sages, leave your contemplations,
Brighter visions beam afar;
Seek the great Desire of nations;
Ye have seen his natal star:

Saints before the altar bending,
Watching long in hope and fear,
Suddenly the Lord, descending,
In his temple shall appear;

Sinners, wrung with true repentance,
Doomed for guilt to endless pains,
Justice now revokes the sentence,
Mercy calls you; break your chains.

Though an Infant now we view Him,
He shall fill His Father’s throne,
Gather all the nations to Him;
Every knee shall then bow down:

All creation, join in praising
God the Father, Spirit, Son;
Evermore your voices raising
To th’eternal Three in One.

—James Montgomery
So hard to find a good video of this classic carol that doesn’t involve the Mormon Tabernacle choir! 

Choir, orchestra, and congregation of Ward Evangelical Presbyterian Church

Hammered dulcimer

Other hymns, worship songs, prayers, sermons excerpts, or quotes posted today:

Have you posted a hymn (or sermon, sermon notes, prayer, etc.) today and I missed it? Let me know by leaving a link in the comments or by contacting me using the contact form linked above, and I’ll add your post to the list.


Our Certain Hope

The older I get, the more I know that life is hard, and not just temporarily hard, and then things get back to normal. Life in this world will always be a struggle.  

But there is hope because Jesus came. You can read more of my thoughts on life’s pain and our certain hope at Out of the Ordinary today. 


Thankful Thursday

This week I’ve been thankful for

  • my new grandson, Ezra. I’m thankful for the rest of my grandchildren, too, and their very tender little hearts.

  • warmer winter weather, good for tobogganing, and for yesterday’s successful toboganning adventure with the three older grandchildren.

  • full cupboards and a cleanish house, and the energy for today’s hard work.

  • the opportunity to sing in my church choir. That’s a rare thing, these days. 

Also thankful today:

What are you thankful for? Leave a comment with your thanksgiving, post your thanksgiving on your blog, or tweet it. Give me the link by email or in a comment and I’ll add your thanksgiving to the list in the post.


Theological Term of the Week

The study of what the Bible says about final things (or last things), including personal last events like individual death and the intermediate state; and corporate or general last events like the return of Christ, the final judgment, the millennial kingdom, etc.

  • In scripture: 

    But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 ESV)

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Heidelberg Catechism

Question 66. What are sacraments?

Answer: Sacraments are holy signs and seals for us to see. They are instituted by God so that by our use of them he might make us understand more clearly the promise of the gospel and might put his seal on that promise. (a)

And this is the gospel promise: to forgive our sins and give us eternal life by grace alone because of Christ’s one sacrifice finished on the cross. (b)

(Scriptural proofs after the fold.)

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