1.02.2015

Jan - Apr 2015 The Gospel of Mark

for those who want to get really far out...We will be working through the book of Mark leading us into to Lent and through to Easter.  


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January Theme Reading
4         Baptism of Jesus                            Mark 1:1-12

11         Jesus Teaching with Authority Mark 1:14-28

18 (Life Sunday) Miracle 1: Healing of Paralytic Mark 2:1-12 (13-17) LIFE SUNDAY

25 (Epiphany 3) Miracle 2: Calms a Storm Mark (3:20-22; 4:1, 26-29) 4:33-41


February
1 (Epiphany 4) Miracle 3: Raising Jairus’ Daughter Mark 5:21-43

8 (Epiphany 5) Miracle 4: Feeding of 4000 Mark. 8:1-10 (11-26)

15 (Transfiguration) Transfiguration                   Mark 8:31-9:8

22 (Lent 1) Triumphal Entrance Mark 11:1-11


March
1 (Lent 2) Parable of the Tenants Mark 12:1-12

8 (Lent 3) Stay Awake!                    Mark 13:1-13, 32-37

15 (Lent 4) Passover Celebration Mark 14:1-25

22 (Lent 5) Jesus Prays in the Garden Mark 14: (26-31) 32-42

29 (Passion Sunday) The Arrest          Mark 14:43-52       (OR Passion Sunday, Mark 14:42-15:41)


April 
5 (Easter) Easter                      Mark 16:1-8

12 (Easter 2) Post-Resurrection 1 John 20:19-29

19 (Easter 3) Post-Resurrection 2 John 21:1-14

26 (Easter 4) Post-Resurrection 3 John 21:15-19


May
3 (Easter 5) Confirmation confirmation texts

10 (Easter 6) ??? ???

17 (Easter 7) ??? ???

24 (Memorial Weekend) Pentecost Acts 2:1-21

31 (Trinity) Trinity John 3:1-17/Is. 6:1-8

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Lent Midweek from John (OR series with St. Paul AA)
2/18 (Ash Wednesday) Ash Wednesday maybe John 13:1-20 foot washing?

2/25 Way, Truth, Life                 John 14:1-14

3/4 True Vine                          John 15:1-17

3/11 Work of the Holy Spirit        John 16:1-15 or 16:16-33

3/25 High Priestly Prayer           John 17:1-26

4/2 (Maundy Thursday) Jesus Washes Disciples’ Feet John 13:1-20

4/3 (Good Friday) Crucifixion Mark 14:53-15:47  [OR John 19]

12.28.2014

28 Dec - The First Sunday of Christmas

Sermon Series Title: Coming off the Advent and Christmas Eve theme of The Promise 
Date:  December 28, 2014;  The First Sunday of Christmas
Worship Elements Ideas/suggested readings – page 7 of this document
             
Rationale:  The week surrounding Christmas Day often brings visitors, infrequent attendees, and seekers into contact with the church.  Also there is the high probability that some of our most faithful disciples have family visiting them, or they were away visiting family during the actual Christmas Eve/Christmas Day celebration at their home church.  With that in mind it seems prudent to have this day (the 28) be sort of a Christmas 2 Service with the emphasis on the nativity account.  

 We also note that during the Season of Advent, the sermons and the worship themes centered on the “O Antiphons” as we focused on The Promise (Old Testament) and its fulfillment in Jesus Christ (New Testament). With the Lukan account of the shepherds and their immediate, post nativity response, we also touch upon some OT images, types and titles as we move into NT fulfillment.

 The fact that the promised Good Shepherd is first greeted by the humble shepherds can certainly be touched upon (at least) during the sermon.

 The Sermon Text – Luke 2:17 & 18 

(NIV) - 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.

(ESV) - 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.
(KJV) - 17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.  18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
(Luther Bible/1545) - 17 Da sie es aber gesehen hatten, breiteten sie das Wort aus, [Since they had however seen it, they spread the word,]  welches zu ihnen von diesem Kinde gesagt war.  18 Und alle, vor die es kam, wunderten sich der Rede, die ihnen die Hirten gesagt hatten.
(Novum Testamentum Nestle/Aland) -  17ἰδόντες δὲ ἐγνώρισαν  [and seeing they made known] περὶ τοῦ ῥήματος τοῦ λαληθέντος αὐτοῖς περὶ τοῦ παιδίου τούτου. 18καὶ πάντες οἱ ἀκούσαντες ἐθαύμασαν περὶ τῶν λαληθέντων ὑπὸ τῶν ποιμένων πρὸς αὐτούς·
Please note the underlined portions above.  Construction (as indicated in the English translations as well as the German and Greek verb forms) indicates a very quick, immediate action to what they saw.
Goal: That the hearers …would be strengthened in their discipleship life to bear witness to what they have seen and heard with the prayer that their witness too can change history.

Textual Exposition:   
  1. See note above concerning several English translations as well as Luther and Nestle/Aland.  I certainly see a sense of immediacy here.  Also of significance is that they told of what THEY HAD SEEN AND HEARD.  I am also assuming that includes not just the natal visit, but the announcement by the angel and the affirmation by the host. They told a fairly complete message.  A promise and a fulfillment.  Also to this point is that The Gospel of Luke (the learned and sophisticated physician) is the most literary and the most thoroughly Greek of the first three gospels so I do not take lightly the immediacy of the cause/effect, action/reaction in ἰδόντες δὲ ἐγνώρισαν  [and seeing they made known].

  1. General Context: some comments from Franzmann [underlining mine]  “… Luke extends his narrative in the Acts of the Apostles to include not only what Jesus ‘began to do and teach,’ but also the continued activity of the exalted Lord through His messengers…he (Luke) is going to carry on the account of the Gospel of Christ to include the triumphant progress of the Gospel…that mighty growth of the Word of the Lord which he and his readers have come to know as the power of God in their own experience …man has not come to know Christ fully until he has come to know also that church which the exalted Christ by His Word and through His messengers creates.”     

The shepherds of the nativity offer a great example in discipleship, to be the messengers of the Gospel, simply by relating the power of God in our own experiences.  God uses His messengers to create His church, truly a triumphant progress.

  1. The Lutheran Study Bible {CPH 2009}   Luke 2:17 – “The Good News about Jesus is contagious.  The shepherd immediately broadcast what they had seen and heard. 
Theological Reflection:  
The Nativity Narrative in general and the Visit of the Shepherds in particular has been so transfigured by Christian legend, song, and art that it is difficult to read it or hear it afresh in the simplicity of Luke’s narrative.  The gift of God IS given “silently.”  Jesus comes into the world sharing with His people the degradation of foreign, pagan domination.  The Roman emperor “dictates” the place of His birth.  From the beginning “the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head” (9:58).  He is bedded in a manger and He is wrapped in swaddling cloths like any Jewish baby. The news of His birth is proclaimed only to unhonored shepherds, for whom His lowliness is the sign (12, 16) that identifies Him.    The “wondrousness” of the gift is marked by the Word of God, by which the angelic messengers of God interpret the event as God’s act for us men and for our salvation.  Not the child but the interpretive word has the radiant glory and the song of the heavenly host.  That word is good news of a great joy, the fulfillment of Gods promise to David for all the people of God, news of a Savior; a Deliverer who brings radical deliverance from man’s desperation, the anointed King who has the right and the might (Lord) to carry out God’s gracious purpose for man, to bring God’s peace to men who have no claim to it but receive it gratis from His sovereign and spontaneous grace (is pleased, 14).  
Thus God is glorified, in the glory of His grace, and is praised by the tongues of angels (13) and men (20).  From this interpretive word fresh light falls on the lowliness of the Christ’s beginnings.  Not the Romans but God, the Lord of history, dictated the place of Jesus’ birth; He is fulfilling His promise of a Deliverer, a Key, a Branch, a Root, a King, from little Bethlehem.  God brought the Promise down into the depth of man’s misery, that He might deliver man by taking up the burden of man’s misery Himself.  God picked shepherds to be the first recipients of the good news for the poor, that all men may be given ears to hear the good news to the poor.
To the shepherds then falls the singular privilege of being the first of the human creation to spread the good news, to tell abroad, all the things concerning this Child.

Hearer Depiction: In our daily life and living, the strongest witness we have to Jesus Christ is the personal stories that we have of how He has touched our lives, been incarnated unto us, through our own experiences.


Law/Gospel Proclamation: Our condition as sinners prompted the arrival of the Divine Son of God.  We cannot know God except through His revelation to us.  With the eyes of faith we see Him, with the eyes of faith we recognize Him and how He has graciously come to us personally, individually.  His promised presence in Baptism and Lord’s Supper and The Word, but also He surely He comes to us in our common, mundane everyday life and works His glorious activity in us.  We follow the example of the Shepherds as we tell of those things WE have seen and heard. 

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Sermon Structure: Storied Discourse Structure – Framing of Biblical Story 

Like Shepherds, You and I

TEXT  - Luke 2:17 & 18 - "When the (shepherds) had seen Him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them."

Little things done by great people may get more press, more coverage - but it is the great things done by little people that truly make a difference.  

And so it is that no press conference was called to announce the coming of the One who would change the world.  

No reporters on the steps of the Supreme Court awaited the decision of God that the time had come.  

There was no summit meeting of super powers; no General Assembly of United Nations.

Instead God chose to make known the Word made flesh, first to a simple little band of anonymous, humble, probably dirty and under-challenged shepherds.   
Without this dramatic evening the shepherds would have receded into history so anonymous as to be next to meaningless in the larger picture of things.  

But little people, common people, mean a lot where God is concerned.  

And history is changed.

And as a result, these shepherds are part of more famous pictures, than have been painted on any other subject.

God came to them and they responded.

So these simple shepherds take their place on humanity's center stage.  

Having gone to "see this thing that has come to pass,” which the angels had made known to them, they found the place and the person who was promised.  

No doubt they went with a deep sense of mystery.  

Their sense of awe and wonder matched only by the surprise of Mary and Joseph when these fellows show up on their stable-step that night.  

The holy parents might have been surprised by the shepherds, but probably not too amazed by their story.  

By this time, Mary and Joseph know all about the startling messages of angels.  

Mary and Joseph are starting to get accustomed to the voice of God in dreams and through angels.

Dirty, weather-beaten, poor and awkward, these simple shepherds not only stopped by to see the baby - they crouched down, kneeling to worship.  

Theirs would be no, "Isn't he cute..."  

Nor would they conjecture much about which parent he most resembled.  

Most likely they would simply keep quiet for the moment, allowing the simple power of it all to burnish its way into their spiritual memory.   

This was a scene that would be remembered.  

Not only remembered, it would be reported and it would change the world.

They experienced the Christmas message first hand!

The Christ has arrived!  The Promise had arrived!

They are awed by it, but they believed it.  
And they acted upon it.

They acted upon their belief and life will never be the same.

Like the shepherds, you and I experience Christmas and we too, have a chance to change things.

You and I come to that same place this day.  

And we would do well to permit ourselves the same lowly and humble behaviors of those simple shepherds.  

For all the achievements of our lives; 
for all the fulfillment we might experience or even the fame that favors a few, 
none of us could be as privileged as they.  

For all of the impact we might have in this world, none of us could have so high a purpose in life as to take the place of just one of those shepherds this Christmas.

For  not only did they experience what any faithful follower of Christ would treasure - they told of it - so that all might treasure what took place.   

Surely,  while  Mary and Joseph would  cherish  the whole  experience, as if putting it in Jesus'  baby book,  the  manger scene is the  shepherd's  unique witnessing opportunity. 

And you may be sure they went and told.  

Luke reports: "When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them."

Eyewitnesses - telling others about God's blessings. 

Like you and me - who will tell of God’s blessings and grace in our lives if we keep it to ourselves?  

You have had moments of joy and hope fills you with God's promise.  

And who is to tell of that - to someone in need of the message - if you do not?  

Like the shepherds, you too can return, praising and glorifying God for what you have seen and heard.  

God has communicated to you and to me, a message full of wonder in the midst of life's mysteries.  

And who’s going to repeat that word of God’s Love for us, if you and I don't?

Who's going to use your experience of being filled if you don't share that fulfillment?

Would we have chosen the shepherds to be the first witnesses to the fulfillment of the Promise?

I doubt it.

They were certainly no more religious than you.  

Likely less so.  

They probably hadn’t been to synagogue for who knows how long?  

Shepherds work long hours, too, and switch shifts.  

But they heard the music of the message, and they went and told.  

They took action.

It was a simply scene, really; made more complex only by the wonder and artistry of centuries.  

But what simple scenes in your   life   might communicate God's message to someone whose life has become too complicated?  

The   message   of the shepherds   is   full   of encouragement.  

Unto us this day has been born a whole new life.  

Who would have shared that witness if they had failed?

You and I, like the shepherds, have just such a unique witness this Christmas.  
We,   too,   are humble, simple   folks;   almost meaningless in the long panorama of human history.  

Anonymous when the histories are written.  

But not anonymous with God.  

Those nameless shepherds were given a mission.  

And like the shepherds, you and I who visit that manger this day have a mission as well.  

There’s a purpose to our going to Bethlehem in worship, to spiritually see what God has brought to pass this Christmas.  

There’s a purpose to our worship of Him at His manger today.

There’s a mission for even the humblest   and simplest worshiper or shepherd.  

There’s a world still needing to hear our praise and "glory to God" for what we have seen and heard that has come to pass this Christmas.

There’s a world out there that wants to promote "Merry X-mas” that needs to hear from us and see in us "Merry CHRISTmas."


There's a world out there that needs to hear "A Savior is born, Christ the Lord"

May God give us the opportunity to be like those simple, common, humble shepherds.

Oh, we will never be as famous as them, but blessed by God, we can make a difference.

An Eternal difference.

Merry CHRISTmas.  Amen.

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Other Worship ideas or thoughts ( Page 7-14)

AS WE GATHER
The angles announced to the shepherds: “Unto you is born this day a Savior.” 
They went to see, and then they left to tell.

Invocation and Preparation
P: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. 
C: Amen.

P: Come, let us celebrate.
C: Let us rejoice together.

P: The baby born in Bethlehem is our Savior.
C: He is the Lord of all ages.

P: The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.
C: We have beheld His glory.

P: Come, let us worship Him!
C: O come let us adore Him! Alleluia!  Amen!
                        
                      (We are seated)

P: The prophet Micah foretold the place of the Savior’s birth, foretold the One who would lead God’s people to celebrate freedom from sin.
C: Lead us, O God, to Bethlehem once more as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

(We sing.)
Shepherds, why this Jubilee?  Why your joyous strains prolong?  
What the gladsome tidings be which inspire your heavenly song? 
Gloria in excelsis Deo; Gloria in excelsis Deo.


P: As the angels declared the glory of God, fill our mouths with Your praise.
C: Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to all people.

P: The shepherds watching their flocks that night were alert to the needs of those in their care.
C: Beloved Servant of God, open our eyes that we may see and respond to those You call us to love in Your name.

(We sing.)
Come to Bethlehem and see Him whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee Christ the Lord, the newborn King. 
Gloria in excelsis Deo; Gloria in excelsis Deo.

P: Sent forth to behold the Christ Child, 
      the shepherds became the first to witness the Good News.
C: Pour forth Your Spirit, Almighty God, empowering us to proclaim Jesus as Lord.  Hail the new-born King, the One who lives forever, Kings of Kings, and Lord of Lords!  Hallelujah!

P: May the message of the angels, “A Savior is born!” bring joy to our hearts as it did 
to Mary and the shepherds, and fill us with the peace and contentment that comes 
only to those who know and understand the true meaning of Christmas.
C: Hear us and bless us, Lord Jesus!

THE GOSPEL CELEBRATION – The Nativity account according to St. Luke.  
(The readings today are taken from the King James Version).

Luke 2:1-7

“Away In A Manger”
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head.
The stars in the bright sky looked down where He lay,
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes;
But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes.
I love Thee, Lord Jesus!  Look down from the sky,
And stay by my side until morning is nigh.

Luke 2:8-14

Special Music here?


Luke 2:15-20

“Go Tell It On the Mountain”

Refrain
Go tell it on the mountain, Over the hills and everywhere;
Go tell it on the mountain That Jesus Christ is born!

While shepherds kept their watching O’er silent flocks by night,
Behold, throughout the heavens There shone a holy light.  Refrain

The shepherds feared and trembled When lo, above the earth
Rang out the angel chorus That hailed our Savior’s birth.  Refrain

Down in a lonely manger The humble Christ was born;
And God sent us salvation That blessed Christmas morn.  Refrain


THE CHRISTMAS SERMON – “Like the Shepherds”


THE PRAYER OF DEDICATION
P: We bless and thank the Lord.
C: All we have is from God.
P: Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.
C: His steadfast love endures forever.

P: O Lord, receive our offerings:
C: Our love, devotion, joy, and goods. Amen.

THE PRAYERS OF GOD'S PEOPLE
P: Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs. For the increase of peace among the nations, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Christ the Lord, bring peace on earth.

P: For the spread of the joyful news that the Savior has come, 
        let us pray to the Lord.
C: Christ the Lord, bring joy to the world.

P: For the poor and those who find no room, 
let us pray to the Lord.
C: Christ the Lord, bring help to the poor.

P: For the renewal of the whole church in unity, 
let us pray to the Lord.
C: Christ the Lord, bring renewal to the church.

P: For the light of Christmas to shine on us all, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Christ the Lord, bring us the light of Your truth.

P: Rejoicing in Your birth and trusting in Your mercy, O Christ, Light of the world,
we commend to You all for whom we pray.  
C: Amen.

P: O Christ, our newborn King, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray.

THE LORD'S PRAYER FOR CHRISTMAS - (Paraphrased)

(Sung to "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear")

Our Father, Lord on heaven's high throne, most holy be Your name.  
Your kingdom come.  Your will be done on earth -- in heav'n the same.
Give us this day the food we need;
Forgiven may we be;
Into temptation do not lead; from evil set us free.

Yours is the kingdom; unto You in grateful love we bow;
And Yours the pow'r; Lord, we sing, Your mighty presence now.  
The glory Yours; Your praise be sung 
By angel hosts and men
In ev'ry land, by ev'ry tongue.  Forevermore!  Amen.


WE CELEBRATE THE LORD’S SUPPER
THE CONFESSION
P:  Without His light, we are lost and the people cry;
C:  Lord, save us from the darkness.
P: Let the light of Your countenance now shine among all the people who cry:
C: O God of Abraham, bestow Your saving light upon us!

THE SUNG ABSOLUTION   
God rest ye merry Christian folk, let nothing you dismay,
Remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas Day, 
To save us all from Satan’s power, when we had gone astray.
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy, Oh, tidings of comfort and joy. 

THE PREFACE
P: The Lord be with you.
C: And with you, His servant.
P: Oh, come, let us lift our hearts unto the Lord.
C: It is right to give Him thanks and praise.

THE PRAYER OF PREPARATION
P: Thanks and praise be to You, our Father, Almighty Creator, Merciful Lord, God of promise and fulfillment.  Of old Your faithful people waited for the day for Your visitation, manifest at last when the time had fully come and You sent forth Jesus Christ, Your Son.. Having seen His glory, now we wait for the day of consummation, when He will come again as Judge and King.  And so, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise Your name and join their unending hymn:

THE SANCTUS   (sung to “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing)

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord! God of Hosts, by all adored!
Heav’n and earth cannot contain all the glory of Your name!
Hail, Hosanna, God most high!
Blest is He who now draws nigh in the name of God the King!
Hallelujahs glad we sing: Hail, Hosanna!  Praises due be forever, Lord, to You!

THE WORDS OF INSTITUTION

THE AGNUS DEI - (Sung to "From Heaven Above") 

O Lamb of God, You take away the sin of all; now hear us pray.
And grant us from our sin release; Have mercy on us!  Grant us peace!

THE DISTRIBUTION 
“Gentle Mary Laid Her Child”
Gentle Mary laid her child Lowly in a manger.
There He lay the undefiled To the world a stranger
Such a babe in such a place Can He be the Savior
Ask the saved of ev'ry race Who have found His favor.

Angels sang about His birth Wise men sought and found Him
Heaven's star shone brightly forth Glory all around Him
Shepherds saw the wondrous sight Heard the angels singing
All the plains were lit that night All the hills were ringing.

 Gentle Mary laid her child Lowly in a manger
He is still the undefiled But no more a stranger
Son of God of humble birth Beautiful the story
Praise His name in all the earth Hail the King of glory.

“The First Noel”
The first Noel the angels did say 
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay,
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
On a cold winter’s night that was so deep.
Noel, noel, noel, noel!  Born is the King of Israel!
They looked up and saw a star 
Bright in the east beyond them far;
And to the earth it gave great light, 
And so it continued both day and night.
Noel, noel, noel, noel!  Born is the King of Israel!

 “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”
From God, our heav’nly Father, A blessed angel came;
And unto certain shepherds Bro’t tidings of the same
How that in Bethlehem was born  The Son of God by the Name. 
Refrain:  O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy! 
O tidings of comfort and joy!

“Fear not, then,” said the angel; “Let nothing you a-fright.
This day is born a Savior Of a pure virgin bright,
To free all those who trust in Him From Satan’s pow’r and might.” Refrain

The Shepherds at those tidings Re-joic-ed much in mind, 
And left their flocks a-feeding, In tempest, storms, and wind,
And went to Beth-le-hem straight way The Son of God to find.  Refrain


THE RESPONSE
P: Join the song of the Kingdom.
C: With angels and archangels and all creation we sing!
P: The light of God shines forth with blinding radiance.
C: The glory of God shines in our hearts.


P: The Word of God has come to us!
C: A birth of wonder and joy.
P: God's Son has come to save!
C: In this Babe we see the promise fulfilled.

P: Praise the Lord with all creation.
C: The heavens respond in joy sublime.

P: Holy is the Lord!
C: Blessed and worthy is He!

P: David's Son comes in glory!
C: Hosanna in the highest!

P: The Lamb of God takes away our sins.
C: The Word of God bestows mercy and forgiveness.

P: Praise the God of all creation, praise the Son of our beginning, 
and praise the Spirit of our reconciliation.
C: Praise the Father, Son, and Spirit, now and forever! Amen.

THE POST COMMUNION CANTICLE - (Sung to "From Heaven Above")

Oh, thank the Lord, whose goodness sure 
And steadfast love fore'er endure!
Our eyes have seen, our ears have heard,
And we have tasted of His Word.

As His own servants we depart
With His salvation in our heart.
His saving power He has made known;
His love through all the earth is shown.

THE BENEDICTION
P: God of love, Your Word, made flesh, is come to us today.
C: We bless Your holy name.
P: Pour out Your grace unbounded, promised through Jesus Christ.
C: Let us go forth in peace.
P: May God, the Father, Son and Spirit, bless you now and forever.
C: Amen.


THE CLOSING HYMNS OF PRAISE
(We join our voices with the Angel Choir as we sing.)

"Angels, From the Realms of Glory"

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:
Refrain: 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: Refrain

"Angels We Have Heard on High"
Angels we have heard on high, Sweetly singing o'er the plains,
And the mountains in reply  Echoing their joyous strains.
Refrain:  Gloria in Excelsis Deo, Gloria in Excelsis Deo.

Come to Bethlehem, and see Him whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee Christ the Lord, the newborn King. Refrain


"Hark, The Herald Angels Sing"
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 th'angelic host proclaim, "Christ is born in Bethlehem!"
Refrain: Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn king."

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 th'incarnate Deity!
Pleased as Man with men to dwell, Jesus, our Immanuel.  Refrain

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.  Refrain