Abide in Me

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Abide with me; fast falls theeventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.
I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

Words:Henry Lyte (1847)

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Joy to the World

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Joy to the World

Joy to the world!
The Lord has come.
Let earth receive her King!
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing

Joy to the world!
The Savior reigns.
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods
Rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy

No more let sins and sorrows grow
Nor thorns infest the ground
He comes to make
His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found

Words and Music: G. F. HANDEL, ISAAC WATTS

It is a joyful time for all the world — the Lord has come! Emmanuel has come!

~deil~

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

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Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

Words:  Henry Van Dyke, 1907  /  Music: Ludwig Von Beethoven, 1824

Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing ever blest,
Wellspring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our Brother–all who live in love are Thine.
Teach us how to love each other; lift us to the joy divine.

As people who have grown up in church we are pretty comfortable with the “God our Father” language.  For some it seems a little uncomfortable, perhaps, to refer to the Pope as the “Holy Father” as we have been hearing over the past few days with Pope Francis visiting the US and other countries in the area.  By the way, I like Pope Francis and much of what he says and does.  We need some leaders in all corners of the church today who will shake us out of complacency and lethargy.

However, we don’t much talk about “Christ our Brother.”  Savior, yes.  Lord, yes.  Part of the Triune God, yes.  Rabi, yes.  Teacher, yes.  Prophet, yes.  Brother?  Not so much.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. ~Matthew 5:9

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. ~Romans 8:14

So now Jesus and the ones he makes holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters. ~Hebrews 2:11

But Jesus answered the one who was telling Him and said, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, “Behold My mother and My brothers! “For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.
~Matthew 12:48-50

In “Emmanuel” we have a brother; an older brother who has gone before us.  This is not a physical connection, but spiritual adoption into the family of God.  We are not on the same level as Jesus with regard to our spiritual nature–He is still the Messiah sent from God and I am not.  That’s clear.  But this Messiah was human and walked on this earth and understands my dilemma.

Those who follow his footsteps in doing the will of their Father in Heaven, are his brothers and sisters.  Those who make peace become sons and daughters of God.  Those who are lead by the Spirit and, we could add, show the evidence of the Spirit’s fruit, share in the inheritance as God’s children (Hebrew 9:15).

Mortals join the mighty chorus which the morning stars began.
Father-love is reigning over us; Brother-love binds man to man.
Ever singing march we onward, victors in the midst of strife.
Joyful music leads us sunward in the triumph song of life!

Abide in Me

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Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and you won’t start now

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

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Abide in Me

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Abide with me; fast falls theeventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.
I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

Words:Henry Lyte (1847)

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Joy to the World

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Joy to the World

Joy to the world!
The Lord has come.
Let earth receive her King!
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing

Joy to the world!
The Savior reigns.
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods
Rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy

No more let sins and sorrows grow
Nor thorns infest the ground
He comes to make
His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found

Words and Music: G. F. HANDEL, ISAAC WATTS

It is a joyful time for all the world — the Lord has come! Emmanuel has come!

~deil~