Sunday, December 20, 2015

Good Christian Friends, Rejoice

Good Christian friends, rejoice with heart and soul, and voice;
Give ye heed to what we say:
 News! News! Jesus Christ is born today;
Ox and ass before Him bow; and He is in the manger now.

Christ is born today! Christ is born today!
Good Christian friends, rejoice, with heart and soul and voice;
Now ye hear of endless bliss: 
Joy! Joy! Jesus Christ was born for this!
He has opened the heavenly door, 
and man is blest forevermore.

Christ was born for this! Christ was born for this!
Good Christian friends, rejoice,
 with heart and soul and voice;
Now ye need not fear the grave:
 Peace! Peace! Jesus Christ was born to save!

Calls you one and calls you all, 
to gain His everlasting hall.
Christ was born to save! Christ was born to save!
14th Century German Carol

“ For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son,
 that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but shall have eternal life.” John 3:16 

The Virgin and Child
Sandro Botticelli

The Christmas Light

I love the sight of Christmas lights
This season of the year,
The merry sounds that now abound
In melodies of cheer.

I love the words that can be heard
In carols that are sung,
The happy cries and sparkling eyes
Among the very young.

I love the scene of evergreens
And wreaths hung everywhere,
Soft falling snow and candle glow
And people bowed in prayer.

I love the bells whose glad notes swell
In tones of purest gold,
How goodness still our lives will fill
As God's great plan unfolds.

I love the light, that special night,
The shepherds saw afar
And ran to find, for humankind,
His bright and morning star!
-John C. Bonser

Nativity Scene
Ruth Morehead

"And the angel said unto them,
"Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings
of great joy which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the 
city of David a Savior,
which is Christ the Lord."
Luke 2:10-11

Flash Mob singing Handel's Messiah

  King of kings and lord of lords!
King of kings and lord of lords!
And he shall reign forever and ever!

Forever and ever and ever and ever
(King of kings and lord of lords)

Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah
Written by George Friedrich Händel

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