Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Monday, December 10     “Glory to the Newborn King”
Read Luke 2:1-20 Angels are God’s messengers. They only show up when there is something important from God to be communicated. What are these angels communicating? Why do you think they are saying it to shepherds?

Tuesday, December 11     ”God and sinners reconciled”
Read 2 Corinthians 5. What does it mean to reconcile something? How has God reconciled himself with sinners? What does it mean to you to be God’s ambassador bearing His name in a ministry of reconciliation… at Christmastime?

Wednesday, December 12      “Offspring of a virgin’s womb”
Read Luke 1:26-38 It’s easy to take Isaiah’s prophecy in chapter 7 about a virgin birth as figurative. Imagine Mary’s surprise to be the virgin who is visited by the angel Gabriel announcing the conception of God within her.

Thursday, December 13     “Veiled in flesh the Godhead see”
Read John 1:1-18. Jesus is the Word made flesh. Why is it so important for Jesus to be fully man and fully God at the same time? Why do we struggle with these biblical paradoxes so much?

Friday, December 14      “Hail, Sun of Righteousness! – Ris’n with healing in His wings”
Read Malachi 4. I know we have a great temptation to turn “Sun” into “Son.” Resist. How is the coming of Jesus the dawn of righteousness? What kind of healing does Jesus bring with him? What new day do you know because of Jesus?

Saturday, December 15     “Born that man no more may die”
Read John 11:1-44. We have a tendency to segment Jesus’ birth and His death and resurrection into two very different times. It’s really one story that involves us! How will you keep your celebration of Jesus’ birth all about how he won new birth for you?

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             LSB 380                Hark! The Herald Angels Sing                 Public domain

Listen!

1      Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King;
Peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
With the_angelic host proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!”

Refrain: Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”

2      Christ, by highest heav’n adored,
Christ, the everlasting Lord,
Late in time behold Him come,
Offspring of a virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see,
Hail the_incarnate Deity!
Pleased as Man with man to dwell,
Jesus, our Immanuel!

3       Hail, the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail, the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings,
Ris’n with healing in His wings.
Mild He lays His glory by,
Born that man no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.

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