Sunday, December 15, 2013

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!

“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!’” (Luke 2:13-14)

“Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations rise;
Join the triumph of the skies;
With th’angelic host proclaim, “Christ is born in Bethlehem!”
Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”

Christ, by highest heaven adored; Christ, the everlasting Lord;
Late in time behold him come, offspring of a virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; hail th’incarnate Deity,
Pleased with us in flesh to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel.
Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”

Hail, the heavenborn Prince of Peace! 
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings, risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by, born that we no more may die,
Born to raise us from the earth, born to give us second birth.
Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”

            [--Charles Wesley, 1739, The United Methodist Hymnal #240]

Today our music and worship arts ministry reminds us to celebrate the coming of the Christ-child through music during their annual Christmas Cantata.  Whether or not you can sing personally, I pray that you will have a song in your heart this holiday season for the coming of Christ in your life as you celebrate as the angel host did 2000 years ago!  Remember, God loves you and I do, too!

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