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)

Jesus joy of the highest heaven/what child is this?

Today we’re looking at two carols. The first is a contemporary children’s carol by Keith and Kristyn Getty “Jesus, joy the highest heaven.” The second is a little more traditional “What child is this?” It’s antiphonal in style allowing for parts to be sung with some asking the questions and others responding. It’s usually set… Continue reading Jesus joy of the highest heaven/what child is this?

Oh come to my heart Lord Jesus (Thou didst leave thy throne)

Today’s reflection with a look at Philippians 2 Thou didst leave Thy throne and Thy kingly crown,  When Thou camest to earth for me;But in Bethlehem’s home was there found no room  For Thy holy nativity:   Oh, come to my heart, Lord Jesus!There is room in my heart for Thee;Oh, come to my heart, Lord Jesus,… Continue reading Oh come to my heart Lord Jesus (Thou didst leave thy throne)

Mary did you know?

Do you find that your faith is at times fragile? Is your knowledge about the Bible and doctrine seriously incomplete? Then today’s #DailyDose looking at another carol is just for you! Here’s the audio version of the talk And you can watch on YouTube here This is a beautiful version of the carol by Pentatonix… Continue reading Mary did you know?