Season’s Greetings Saints!
Today’s Bible Reading Verse
Nahum 1-3 and Revelation 5-7
Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice:
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
To receive power and riches and wisdom,
And strength and honour and glory and blessing!” – Revelation 5:11-12
Infinite, and an infant. Eternal, and yet born of a woman. Almighty, and yet hanging on a woman’s breast. Supporting a universe, and yet needing to be carried in a mother’s arms. King of angels, and yet the reputed son of Joseph. Heir of all things, and yet the carpenter’s despised son. – Charles Spurgeon
Today’s Song Story
Once In Royal David’s City
Mrs. Frances Alexander, born in Ireland, is said to have been a quiet and reserved person, who wrote her poems for certain special occasions. She had no idea that they would ever appear in print and bring her recognition. Her eight books of hymns, including such favourites like There Is a Green Hill Far Away and Jesus Calls Us O’er the Tumult, contain about 400 songs.
Her Christmas poem, "Once in Royal David’s City," was first published in 1848 in Hymns for Little Children. According to one source, the song was written by Mrs. Alexander for her godchildren 36, because they "told her that their Bible lessons were getting dreary." She wrote this nativity poem to help inspire their Bible study time.
In the carol, Mrs. Alexander tells the Christmas story simply, so all ages of children may understand it. She also wanted the children to realize what Jesus’ birth meant personally to them, and in the third stanza told them:
"For He is our childhood’s pattern,
Day by day like us He grew;
He was little, weak and helpless,
Tears and smiles, like us, He knew;
And He feeleth for our sadness,
And He shareth in our gladness."
The melody was written by the Englishman Henry J. Gauntlett, an organist, organ designer, and composer, who wrote over ten thousand hymn tunes.
Today’s Christmas Worship
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Christmas With a Capital C – Go Fish
Christmas In Our Hearts – Downhere
Bethlehem Calls – Newsong
I’ll Be Brave This Christmas – Big Daddy Weave
Christmas Day – Michael W. Smith & Mandisa
O Come All Ye Faithful – Amy Grant
O Come, O Come Emmanuel – Hillsong
What Child Is This? – Selah
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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