06 December 2009

Sunday Morning Praise - Second Sunday in Advent

Merry Christmas! Now that it's December I'm allowed to offer a Christmas greeting without too many sideways glances! I absolutely love the Christmas season! I love reflecting on Christ's birth and first coming to Earth while also looking forward to His very near second Advent! Of course, I also love the music of the season. Christmas carols are among my favorite songs all year long, so I'm happy to have a month to freely hum them, again without too many sideways glances! That being said, I may be sharing more than one song with you each week so sit back and enjoy praising our Lord, Emmanuel, God With Us!

Friday night a friend and I attended Moody Bible Institute's Candlelight Carols. I think this was the first time that I heard "Angels from the Realms of Glory" sung through in its entirety. The video below is organ music only, so I've posted the lyrics so you can sing or hum along (come on, I know you're sitting at your computer unashamedly praising God this morning)! Wait until you get to the last verse...you'll love it!

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;
Come and worship,
Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King!

Sages, leave your contemplations,
Brighter visions beam afar;
Seek the great desire of nations,
Ye have seen His natal star;
Come and worship,
Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King!

All creation, join in praising
God, the Father, Spirit, Son,
Evermore your voices raising
To the eternal Three in One
Come and worship,
Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King!

Saints before the altar bending,
Watching long in hope and fear,
Suddenly the Lord, descending,
In His temple shall appear:
Come and worship,
Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King! 

"O, Little Town of Bethlehem" is such a peaceful Christmas carol! So humble, so quiet, Bethlehem was nestled in the shadow of Jerusalem and yet it was there that God chose to bring forth the King of Kings! Can you imagine? Just think of what Bethlehem missed "while they were sleeping" (to borrow a line from Casting Crowns). May we not also be found asleep when our Lord returns!

This video unfortunately leaves out a verse, but I've posted all the lyrics below.

O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight

For Christ is born of Mary
And gathered all above
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love
O morning stars together
Proclaim the holy birth
And praises sing to God the King
And Peace to men on earth

How silently, how silently
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven.
No ear may his His coming,
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him still,
The dear Christ enters in.

O holy Child of Bethlehem
Descend to us, we pray
Cast out our sin and enter in
Be born in us today
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell
O come to us, abide with us
Our Lord Emmanuel

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