Season’s Greetings Saints!
Today’s Bible Reading & Verse
Micah 5-6 and Revelation 3
He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.- Revelation 3:12
Christmas is based on an exchange of gifts, the gift of God to man – His unspeakable gift of His Son, and the gift of man to God – when we present our bodies a living sacrifice. – Vance Havner
Today’s Song Story
O Little Town of Bethlehem
On Christmas Eve, 1865, a pilgrim traveled on horseback from Jerusalem to the “City of David”. It was already dark when the rider found the “Shepherds Field” and dismounted. Now it was evident why the rider had appeared somewhat awkward in the saddle. It was because of his size. A giant of a man, he stood six feet six inches tall and weighed nearly 300 pounds. The traveler would have been more at home in a pulpit than on horseback, for he was none other than Phillip Brooks, a prince among American preachers.
As he wandered over the same fields where many years before the angels had proclaimed the “good tidings of great joy,” Brooks noted that shepherds were still keeping watch over their sheep in the vicinity. The preacher looked up into the starlit sky. His spirit drifted back to the glorious night of the Saviour’s birth. It was a moment of great inspiration.
He followed the steps of the shepherds who went to Bethlehem to see “this thing which is come to pass.” There, in the Church of the Nativity built, according to tradition, over the place where the Lord Jesus was born, Brooks assisted in a midnight service. As carol after carol was sung on that historic and sacred ground, the great preachers’ thoughts turned to the boys and girls of his Sunday school in Philadelphia.
Later he wrote to them of his Christmas Eve pilgrimage: “I remember standing in the old church in Bethlehem, close to the spot where Jesus was born, when the whole church was ringing hour after hour with splendid hymns of praise to God, how again and again it seemed as if I could hear voices I knew well, telling each other of the Wonderful Night of the Savior’s birth as I heard them a year before; and I assure you, I was glad to shut my ears a while and listen to the more familiar strains that cam wandering to me halfway round the world.”
There, in the City of David, where the Psalmist of Israel had been inspired to write some of his sacred songs and where the angels had brought the “good tidings of great joy,” the inspiration for another carol was given to Phillips Brooks.
It was three years later, exactly one hundred years ago, that Louis Redner, Sunday school superintendent and organist of Holy Trinity Church in Philadelphia asked his Pastor, Phillips Brooks, to give him a hymn for the Christmas celebration. The organist volunteered that if Brooks would write a hymn, it should be named St. Philip, whereupon Brooks replied, that if Redner should write the tune, it should be name St. Louis. Rather than write a new carol, Brooks gave the organist his poem of Christmas 1865: O Little Town of Bethlehem.
Today’s Christmas Worship
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O Come O Come Emmanuel – Big Daddy Weave
Rest (The Song of the Innkeeper) – Jason Gray
Welcome to Our World – Michael W Smith
Once Upon a Christmas – Selah & Dolly Parton
Christmas Lullaby (I Will Lead You Home) – Amy Grant
He is Wonderful – Kathryn Scott
I Believe – Natalie Grant
Magnificat – Keith & Kristyn Getty
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The Servant’s House
LaSalle, Quebec, Canada
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