Christmas 2018

Posted on 12/26/2018 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven, and heaven and nature sing

Joy to the world, the Savior reigns!
Let all their songs employ
While fields and flood, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy

No more let sins and sorrows grow
nor thorns infest the ground
He comes to make his blessings flow
Far as the curse is found
Far as the curse is found
Far as, far as the curse is found

He rules the world with truth and grace
and makes the nations prove
The glories of his righteousness
And wonders of his love
And wonders of his love
And wonders, and wonders of his love


Angels we have heard on high
sweetly singing o'er the plains
And the mountains in reply
echoing their joyous strains

Glo - - - - ria
In excelsis Deo!

Shepherds why this jubilee
why your joyous strains prolong
What the gladsome tidings be
which inspire your heav'nly song

Come to Bethlehem and see
Christ whose birth the angels sing
Come adore on bended knee
Christ the Lord the new-born King

See him in a manger laid
whom the choirs of angels praise
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid
while our hearts in love we raise


Hark the herald angels sing
"Glory to the new born 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 host proclaim,
"Christ is born in Bethlehem!"
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new born King!"

Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ, the everlasting Lord
Lat in time behold him come
offspring of a virgin's womb
Veiled in flesh the God head see
hail th'incarnate Deity
Pleased with us in flesh to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new born King!"

Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
risen with healing in his wings
Mild he lays his glory by
born that we no more may die
Born to raise us from the earth
born to give us second birth
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new born King!"


O come O come Emmanuel
and ransom captive Israel
That mours in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear
Rejoice, rejoice Emmanuel
Shall come to thee O Israel
O come thou wisdom from on high
and order all things far and nigh
To us thy path of knowledge show
and cause us in her ways to go
O come O come great Lord of might
who to thy tribes on Sinia's hight
In ancient times once gave the law
in cloud and majesty and awe
O come thou root of Jessie's tree
an insign of thy people be
Before thee rulers silent fall
all peoples on thy mercy call
O come thou key of David, come
and open wide our heav'nly home
The captives from their prison free
and conquor death's deep misery


We three kings of Orient are
bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moore and mountain
following the yonder star
Star of wonder, star of light
start with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
guide us to thy perfect light
Born a king on Bethlehem's plain
gold I bring to crown him again
King forever, ceasing never
Over us all to reign
frankincense to offer have I
incense owns a deity nigh
Prayer and praising, voices raising
worshipping God on high
Glorious now behold him arise
king and God and sacrifice
Hallelujah, Allelujah
sounds through the earth and skies


Oh holy night!
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the dear Savior's birth!

Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till he appear'd and the soul felt its worth.

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!

Fall on your knees
Oh hear the angel voices
Oh night divine
Oh night when Christ was born
Oh night divine
Oh night divine

Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand

So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming
Here come the wise men from Orient land

The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger
In all our trials born to be our friend

Fall on your knees
Oh hear the angel voices
Oh night divine
Oh night when Christ was born
Oh night divine
Oh night divine

Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace

Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name

Fall on your knees
Oh hear the angel voices
Oh night divine
Oh night when Christ was born
Oh night divine
Oh night divine

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Today's Scripture reading:

Luke 2:1-20 (NKJV)

1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.
2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.

4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,
5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.
6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.
10 Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.
11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger."

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

14 "Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"

15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, "Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us."
16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.
17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child.
18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.
20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.