Third Sunday in Advent

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  Sing, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away your judgments, He has cast out your enemy. The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; You shall see disaster no more. In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: “Do not fear; Zion, let not … Continued

Second Sunday in Advent

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  “Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, That her warfare is ended, That her iniquity is pardoned; For she has received from the Lord’s hand Double for all her sins.” The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord; Make straight in the desert A highway for our God. Every valley … Continued

O Come, O Come Emmanuel – First Sunday in Advent

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“Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfil the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring forth for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah … Continued

Let the Lower Lights Be Burning

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Brightly beams our Father’s mercy From His lighthouse evermore… So opens Let the Lower Lights Be Burning, written by Philip Paul Bliss. Bliss was a prolific writer of hymns, some of which are universally known – like It Is Well With My Soul. Though he was not blessed with a long life (he didn’t see his … Continued

When Morning Gilds the Skies

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In heav’n’s eternal bliss The loveliest strain is this, May Jesus Christ be praised! Let earth, and sea, and sky From depth to height reply, May Jesus Christ be praised! While many have the first verses of quite a few hymns committed to memory, that’s not always the case for the rest of the stanzas. … Continued

It Is Well With My Soul

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When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll; whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul. ~Horatio Spafford

Morning by Morning

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Last Sunday morning in my church, one of the hymns which was sung is a favorite of mine. It’s based on a wonderful passage from the Book of Lamentations: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness. If you’ve … Continued

O Holy Night

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O 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 … Continued

Countdown to Christmas – 6

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Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates! Behold, the King of Glory waits; The King of kings is drawing near, The Savior of the world is here. Life and salvation He doth bring, Wherefore rejoice and gladly sing: We praise Thee, Father, now, Creator, wise art Thou! Text: Georg Weissel

Countdown to Christmas – 7

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O little town of Bethlehem How still we see thee lie Above thy deep and dreamless sleep The silent stars go by Yet in thy dark streets shineth The everlasting Light The hopes and fears of all the years Are met in thee tonight For Christ is born of Mary And gathered all above While … Continued

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

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Oh come, Desire of nations, bind In one the hearts of all mankind; Oh, bid our sad divisions cease, And be yourself our King of Peace. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to you, O Israel!