I was so encouraged & challenged by the finale of Ecclesiastes - if you weren’t able to make it last Sunday, go listen to the sermon podcast! We’re into Advent season now, and for the next couple weeks we’ll be observing the worship of those who were present during Christ’s birth and early years - starting with the angels. This Sunday we’ll also be starting to sing classic Christmas hymns, you don’t want to miss these upcoming services!
Check out what we’ll be singing this week:
1. Angels We Have Heard on High - James Chadwick (arr. by Chris Tomlin)
This classic Christmas song was written in 1862 by the English bishop, James Chadwick. The lyrics are taken from Luke’s account of the angels arriving to tell the shepherds the good news of Christ’s birth. What a privilege to join with the angels and sing “Gloria, in Excelsis Deo! (latin for Glory to God in the highest).
2. O Come all Ye Faithful - Various Authors (arr. by Paul Baloche)
This Christmas hymn is attributed to at least three different authors. It was originally written in Latin as “Adeste Fideles” sometime in the early 1700’s. It continues in the same theme as “Angels We Have Heard on High” by inviting us to come worship the newborn King.
3. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - Unknown (arr. by Sovereign Grace Music)
This hymn was also originally written in Latin, some say in the 1st century, but it shows up prominently in the year 1710. Verses 1 and 2 are from the original text, while verses 3-5 are new verses written by Steve Cook of Sovereign Grace. This hymn has a distinct progression - starting with the promised Messiah coming to save Israel, and finishing by looking the future when Jesus will reign eternal as our Prince of Peace.
4. Our Great God - Fernando Ortega (arr. by Todd Agnew)
We’ll finish our opening time of worship by transitioning from Christmas hymns to a modern one, but we’re still keeping the same theme: praising our great God for who He is, what He has done and what He will do! Glory be to our Great God!
5. I Will Rise - Chris Tomlin
We started our service by joining with the angels in worship at Christ’s birth and we’ll end our service by again joining with the angels - but this time looking to the future, at the end of all things, when Jesus invites us to rise with Him to glory. Worthy is the Lamb!