Preparing for Christmas Eve - December 24, 2017

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Hey Shoreliners!

Christmas Eve is just a few days away, and I’m excited for us to join together in worship of our great Savior, our King Jesus. Please prepare you hearts and minds by dwelling on scripture, instead of presents, parties & decorations. We’ll be learning about the Maji’s worship this Sunday, and singing the following Christmas songs:

1.   Hark the Herald Angels Sing - Charles Wesley (arr. by Paul Baloche)

Charles Wesley wrote a couple Christmas hymns (we sang “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus” last Sunday). The lyrics start with the angels bringing the good news, and continues on describing the nature and work of Christ. He “laid his glory by, born that man no more may die”, He was God incarnate, yet laid aside some of his attributes to become fully man, to take on the full penalty of God’s wrath for us! Hail the everlasting Lord!

2.   For Unto Us a Child is Born/Open the Eyes of My Heart - George F. Handel, Paul Baloche

Handel’s “Messiah” is one of the most beautiful pieces ever written, culminating in the great “Hallelujah” chorus. Paul Baloche has adapted just one small part of this piece and combined it with the chorus of “Open the Eyes of My Heart”. This results in a great song of worship, exalting our Savior for his holiness, power, and love.

3.   O Holy Night - Adolphe Adam/Placide Cappeau

This resounding Christmas carol was originally written in French in 1847. The author did a great job in describing the scene, both on the night Jesus was born, and the state of our hearts. We are lost in “sin and error pining”, but we now have “a thrill of hope” because of Jesus. This calls for rejoicing, but also reverence and fear, we must fall on our knees and give Him all the glory!

4.   He Shall Reign Forevermore - Chris Tomlin

We’ll finish our our morning Christmas Eve service by ascribing all praise and worth to King Jesus. He shall reign forevermore, He is the baby born for sacrifice, Christ the Messiah!