05 December 2010

Sunday Morning Praise - Second Sunday in Advent

Happy Sunday! I don't know about where you live, but God blessed the Midwest with a beautiful snowfall this weekend! Only God could make cold, dreary skies produce something so magnificent!

This morning, I chose to post my favorite Christmas song, O Come, O Come Emmanuel. I looked this song up in the book 101 Hymn Stories and loved the last paragraph, which states:
Truly our hearts can rejoice with God's people of all ages when we realize that Christ the Messiah did come two thousand years ago and accomplished a perfect redemption for Adam's hopeless race. Yet we wait with the same urgent expectancy, as did the Israelites of old, for the piercing of the clouds-His second advent, when victory over sin and death will be final. (Page 179).
Amen. Come quickly, Lord Jesus.

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

O Come, O Come Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here,
Until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to Thee,
O Israel!

O come, O come, Thou Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai's height,
In ancient times didst give the law
In cloud and majesty and awe.


O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan's tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save
And give them vict'ry o'er the grave.


O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death's dark shadows put to flight.


O come, Thou Key of David, come
And open wide our heav'nly home
Where all Thy saints with Thee shall dwell--
O come, O come, Emmanuel!


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