Season’s Greetings Saints!
Today’s Bible Reading & Verse
Amos 7-8 and 1 John 4-5
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. – 1 John 4:7
It is impossible to conceive how different things would have turned out if that birth had not happened whenever, wherever, however it did … for millions of people who have lived since, the birth of Jesus made possible not just a new way of understanding life but a new way of living it. It is a truth that, for twenty centuries, there have been untold numbers of men and women who, in untold numbers of ways, have been so grasped by the child who was born, so caught up in the message he taught and the life he lived, that they have found themselves profoundly changed by their relationship with him. – Fredrick Buechner
Today’s Song Story
The First Noel
The title of the hymn is "The First Noel." We sing it every year at Christmastime, but I suspect that not many of us know what a Noel is. Noel is a French word that come from the Latin word natalis, which means "birth." So "The First Noel" is a song about the birth of Jesus. It is an English carol that was sung by the village people as they brought in the Yule log on Christmas Eve each year. They would burn the Yule log to symbolize the triumph of light over darkness — a really happy thought in a place like England where the winter days are so short and the winter nights so long.
NOTE TO THE PREACHER: When the village gathered to sing carols of this sort, very often they would have a chorus sing the verses, which not everyone would know, and then the whole village would join in singing the chorus. Mention that custom and honor it by having your choir sing the verses and the congregation join in singing the chorus. Be sure to notify your choir director in advance so the choir can rehearse the song.
–– Copyright 2006, Richard Niell Donovan
Today’s Christmas Worship
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Joy to the World – Casting Crowns
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – MercyMe
Christmas Is – Francesca Battistelli
Love Came Down at Christmas – Jars of Clay
Silent Night – Phil Wickham
Emmanuel, Hallowed Manger Ground – Chris Tomlin
Born in Bethlehem – Third Day
O Holy Night – Kari Jobe
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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