First Sunday in Advent 2018December02

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Tell ye the daughter of Zion, “Behold, thy King cometh unto thee.”

Hymn of the day:

First Sunday in Advent – Ad te levavi

Savior of the Nations, Come is one of the oldest hymns in the prayer book. Attributed to Ambrose (b. 340), it is a prayer Christ would come today.  This is not a vain hope as Christ has come from the Father in heaven. The second stanza sings it this way “Not by human flesh and blood, By the Spirit of our God, Was the Word of God made flesh Woman’s Offspring, pure and fresh.”

The first stanza of the hymn and then the sixth and the seventh are the petitions of the prayer, asking Christ to come and heal our ills of body and soul, and shine into the world.  That prayer is grounded on the facts contained in stanzas two through five.  While sung instead of spoken they are quite similar to our creeds.  Consider stanza five “God the Father was his source, Back to God He ran His course.  Into hell His road went down, Back then to His throne and crown.”  Finally it closes with a doxology.

 The hymn sets the Advent theme, “Christ has come, is coming, and will come again.” It is particularly rich incarnationally, undeniably setting the tone for the season as a whole, the Time of Christmas, which includes Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany.  Luther translated this hymn for the people’s use almost literally.  It was arranged for congregational singing with the tune written by Johann Walter, Luther’s Kantor whose own hymn “The Bridegroom soon will call us” was sung by many on the Last Sunday of the Church Year. (Pastor Adrian N. Sherrill for Logia Online)

December verses to remember:

December 2 – Romans 8:14 – “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are sons of God.”

December 9 – 1 Kings 8:27 – “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain You; how much less this house that I have built!”

December 16 – Psalm 122:1 “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.”

December 23 – Matthew 5:16 – “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

December 30 – Hebrews 10:31 – “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

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