January 6, 2017

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Friday,  January 6, 2017  Epiphany of the Lord
Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12
By Pastor Kari Dubord

“Angels from the Realms of Glory” was written by Scottish poet James Montgomery.

Angels, from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o’er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation’s story,
Now proclaim Messiah’s birth:

Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King.

Shepherds, in the fields abiding,
Watching o’er your flocks by night,
God with man is now residing,
Yonder shines the infant light:

Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King.

Sages, leave your contemplations,
Brighter visions beam afar;
Seek the great Desire of nations,
Ye have seen his natal star:

Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King.

Sinners, wrung with true repentance,
Doomed for guilt to endless pains,
Justice now revokes the sentence,
Mercy calls you—break your chains:

Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King.

Though an infant now we view him,
He shall fill his Father’s throne,
Gather all the nations to him;
Every knee shall then bow down:

Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King.

All creation, join in praising
God the Father, Spirit, Son,
Evermore your voices raising,
To th’ eternal Three in One:

Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King.

As we read through the Scriptures and the lyrics of this hymn, we are reminded of what God has done for us–He made Himself known to us. But God does not stop there, He frees us–He breaks our chains. The story does not end with the birth of Jesus and we are reminded to look forward because “He shall fill his Father’s throne, gather all the nations to Him; every knee shall then bow down. Come and worship, come and worship.”

 

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