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. . . the blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good tidings preached to them.
Hymn of the day:
HARK! A THRILLING VOICE IS SOUNDING
When opening the prayer book to Hark! A Thrilling Voice is Sounding parents can help their children imagine John the Baptist singing to them. It is a fine hymn as his person, life, and voice are heard prominently during Advent in readings and hymnody. In angelic announcement, miraculous birth, preaching, convicting, consoling, Baptism, suffering, imprisonment and death John prepares the way. Like John, Jesus too will be found announced by angels, in the womb, in the Word, in the water, against Herod, with the sinners, arrested, in prison and in death to save.
With stanza one see John as that thrilling voice sounding “Christ is near…Cast away the works of darkness, All you children of the day!” Stanza two is his strong, brave, forceful call unto repentance heard by friend and foe alike. Stanza three is his pointing of his disciples and the crowds away from Himself and unto Jesus, the Lamb, so long expected. Stanza four sees John look unto the end as he sings to us of Christ’s great return in glory, bringing fear to the world and rescue unto the Church. Finally, the hymn concludes with a doxology, John and those who sing with him decreasing, and Father, Son, and Spirit increasing.
LSB receives a different tune over against Lutheran Worship. Whether it is more thrilling than the last, befitting the strength and conviction of John’s clear voice, congregations may consider putting to the test. (Rev. 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.”