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Sunday
Dec202015

Sunday's Hymn: In the Bleak Midwinter

In the bleak mid-winter
Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter
Long ago.

Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him
Nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away
When He comes to reign:
In the bleak mid-winter
A stable-place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty,
Jesus Christ.

Enough for Him, whom cherubim
Worship night and day,
A breastful of milk,
And a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, whom angels
Fall down before,
The ox and ass and camel
Which adore.

Angels and archangels
May have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim
Thronged the air -
But only His mother
In her maiden bliss
Worshipped the Beloved
With a kiss.

What can I give Him,
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd
I would bring a lamb;
If I were a wise man
I would do my part;
Yet what I can, I give Him -
Give my heart.

—Christina Rossetti

 

 

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Sunday
Dec132015

Sunday's Hymn: Angels We Have Heard on High

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.

Refrain

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song?

Come to Bethlehem and see
Christ whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.

See Him in a manger laid,
Whom the choirs of angels praise;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
While our hearts in love we raise.

—Traditional French carol translated by James Chadwick 

 

 

 

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Sunday
Dec062015

Sunday's Hymn: Oh Children Come

Hear the cry from Bethlehem
Oh children come
Son of God now born to men
Oh children come –
Bring your troubles, bring your fears,
Bring the needs that draw you near,
Find the hope of all the years –
Oh children come!

Peace on earth good will to men
Oh children come
Righteous rule that will not end
Oh children come –
Lay down all your bitterness,
Turn from sin’s toil and distress,
Find His grace and perfect rest –
Oh children come!

Where the Father’s grace has walked
Oh children come
Where you see the hurt and lost
Oh children come –
Show the mercy shown to you,
Gifts of kindness to renew,
Love from hearts sincere and true –
Oh children come!

“Oh Children Come”
Keith Getty and Kristyn Getty
Copyright © 2014 Getty Music Publishing (BMI)

 

 

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Sunday
Nov292015

Sunday's Hymn: Come, Oh Redeemer, Come

Father enthroned on high,
Holy, holy.
Ancient, eternal Light,
Hear our prayer.

Come, oh Redeemer, come,
Grant us mercy.
Come, oh Redeemer, come,
Grant us peace.

Lord, save us from the dark,
Of our striving,
Faithless and troubled hearts,
Weighed down.

Look now upon our need,
Lord be with us.
Heal us and make us free,
From our sin.

—Fernando Ortega

 

 

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Friday
Nov272015

For the Children in Your Life

Last week I reviewed The Biggest Story for the news letter from my church, and this morning I posted it at Out of the Ordinary, too. From the review:

[T]he Bible is more than a collection of individual stories with heroes to imitate or villains to avoid imitating. It is one big story comprised of all the smaller stories. It’s the story of God’s work of creation; humankind’s fall, bringing with it the corruption of everything; and God’s work to make it all right again.

Do your children know this story, the biggest one? Do they understand how the stories of the Old and New Testament fit together into a grand narrative of a “snake-crushing King” and “destined-to-die Deliverer” who will bring us back to the garden?

You can read the rest here.

If you have children in your life, The Biggest Story would make an excellent Christmas gift. (Canadians will prefer to purchase it from Amazon.ca.)