Seasons Greeting Saints!
Today’s Bible Reading & Verse
Amos 3-4 and 1 John 1
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life—the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us – 1 John 1:!-2
Rejoice, that the immortal God is born, so that mortal man may live in eternity.- John Huss
Today’s Song Story
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night
This hymn was written by Nahum Tate (1652-1715) and Nicholas Brady (1659-1726).
Tate was the son of an Irish clergyman, who fancied himself a bit of a poet. The son, Nahum, became an accomplished poet, and was appointed Poet Laureate of England by King William III. He wrote not only as a poet but as a playwright, and many of his works were produced onstage. He is reputed to have been a drunkard and spendthrift who died in poverty.
Brady was an Anglican clergyman and poet who supported the Revolution of 1688, which brought King William III to the throne.
Tate and Brady collaborated on a Psalter entitled New Version of the Psalms of David, which they published in 1696 to replace an earlier Psalter that had been published by Thomas Sternhold and John Hopkins in 1562. The Psalter by Tate and Brady was adopted by the Anglican Church, and endured as the standard work for the singing of psalms for more than a century.
Tate and Brady published a supplement to their Psalter in 1700. That supplement included this carol, "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks." This carol is based, not on a psalm, but on Luke 2:8-14 –– Luke’s Christmas story.
The tune, "Harmonia Sacra," is an adaptation of an aria from George Frederick Handel’s opera, Siroe.
Copyright 2008, Richard Niell Donovan
1. While shepherds watched their flocks by night, all seated on the ground; the angel of the Lord came down, and glory shone around, and glory shone around. 2. "Fear not!" said he, for mighty dread had seized their troubled mind. "Glad tidings of great joy I bring to all of humankind, to all of humankind." 3. "To you, in David's town, this day is born of David's line a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, and this shall be the sign, and this shall be the sign:" 4. "The heavenly babe you there shall find to human view displayed, all meanly wrapped in swathing bands, and in a manger laid, and in a manger laid." 5. Thus spake the seraph and forthwith appeared a shining throng of angels praising God on high, who thus addressed their song, who thus addressed their song: 6. "All glory be to God on high, and to the earth be peace; good will henceforth from heaven to earth begin and never cease, begin and never cease!"
Today’s Christmas Worship
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Joy to the World – Big Daddy Weave
Christmas is Coming – Jason Gray
Hark the Herald Angels Sing – Keith & Kristyn Getty
Lamb of God – Nicole C. Mullin
Do You Hear What I Hear – Future of Forestry
It’s Christmas Time – City On a Hill
Christmas is All in the Heart – Steven Curtis Chapman
The Angels Medley – Avalon
Today’s Worship is a ministry of The Servant’s House, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Come visit our Facebook page –
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May Christ richly bless you!
The Servant’s House
LaSalle, Quebec, Canada
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