Saturday, December 13, 2008

Lesson Three
The prophet foretells the coming of the Savior.

Text: Isaiah 9:2, 6, 7

"The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness , on them has light shined.For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this."

Thanks be to God.

Song of Praise:
Joy Has Dawned

Joy has dawned upon the world,
Promised from creation;
God's salvation, now unfurled,
Hope for every nation!
with fanfares from above,
Not with scenes of glory,
But a humble gift of love--
Jesus, born of Mary.

Sounds of wonder fill the sky
With the songs of angels,
As the mighty Prince of Life
Shelters in a stable.
Hands that set each star in place,
Shaped the earth in darkness,
Laid against his mother's breast--
Vulnerable and helpless.

Shepherds bow before the Lamb
Gazing at the glory.
Gifts of men from distant lands
Prophesy the story.
Gold, a King is born today;
Incense, God is with us;
Myrrh, his death will make a way
and, by his blood, he'll win us.

Son of Adam, Son of heaven,
Given as a ransom.
Reconciling God and man--
Christ our mighty Champion!
What a Savior , what a firiend,
What a glorious mystery!
Once a babe in Bethlehem--
Now the Lord of history!

Keith Getty & Stuart Townsend,
c. 2004

You will notice that Joy Has Dawned is a new song, written in 2004. I like that the hymns can be changed from year to year. I am a big fan of Getty and Townsend's music. They write interesting yet singable tunes and the words, the words are always right on and meaningful.

Even so, I usually start to hum bars from The Messiah as we are reading Isaiah 9, especially as we get to "Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace".

And here is a natural Christmas tree, Southern California style: sycamore tree with hanging balls, one leaf ornament and a bird clipped to the top branch.


Caroline said...

Now you have me humming the "Messiah." I love it.

Your traveling bunnies are darling. They look like they could just about talk to you.

ellen b. said...

So happy His light shines down on me! Hey look that bird didn't fly aways before you captured him with the digital :0)

Anonymous said...

LOL I'm glad I wasn't the only one humming handel's Messiah. I felt a tad flippant when my conscious brain kicked in and worked out what my subconscious was up to. :-)

Lovely tree idea- well spotted.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Thanks so much for your congratulations and best wishes on the birth of our grandson, Linda! We are so thankful and thrilled he's arrived. He is our special Christmas gift! :-)

Hugs, Pat

Bethany said...

:) I'm humming too!

And you've just been TAGGED!!!

Bethany said...

:) I'm humming too!

And you've just been TAGGED!!!

Cindy Garber Iverson said...

I attended a Handel's Messiah Sing-a-Long on Friday night and the music is still going through my this week. Whenever I read these scriptures, it makes me hum that too!