Because Jesus has come we have joy

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What gives you joy and delight? I’m a Yorkshireman from Bradford in West Yorkshire. So, it gives me great joy every Christmas to get people singing a carol (Christians Awake) sung to the hymn tune “Yorkshire.” Thank you for making my joy complete every year! More seriously, and more joyfully. For some of us, we… Continue reading Because Jesus has come we have joy

As with gladness

Today’s carol looks at the Wise men. We have their example and that of Herod or the religious leaders. Intellectual curiosity if that Jealous, defensive scheming Wonder and worship How do we respond to Jesus? 1 As with gladness men of olddid the guiding star behold,as with joy they hailed its light,leading onward, beaming bright:so,… Continue reading As with gladness

Magnetic Jesus – The first Noel

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With a shout out to the brilliant Rich Pitt and Rachel Martin who drew our attention to the magnetic Jesus who draws disparate people together at the Church Central South Carol service …. 1 The first nowell the angel did saywas to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;in fields where they lay keeping their… Continue reading Magnetic Jesus – The first Noel

God and sinners reconciled (Hark the Herald Angels Sing)

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We’re coming to the big hitters now in our Christmas Carol series! 1 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 hosts proclaim,“Christ is born in Bethlehem!” Refrain:Hark! the herald angels sing,“Glory to the newborn King”… Continue reading God and sinners reconciled (Hark the Herald Angels Sing)

The wondrous gift (Oh Little Town of Bethlehem)

Was it really silent, peaceful and still in Bethlehem on the first Christmas night? If not, what are the carols getting at? O little town of Bethlehem,how still we see thee lie!Above thy deep and dreamless sleepthe silent stars go by;yet in thy dark streets shineththe everlasting light.The hopes and fears of all the yearsare… Continue reading The wondrous gift (Oh Little Town of Bethlehem)