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“And he shall reign… forever.” – Gabriel

The Annunciation by El Greco

The Annunciation by El Greco

“The true Christian should often dwell on this glorious promise and take comfort in its contents. He has no cause to be ashamed of his Master. Poor and despised as he may often be for the Gospel’s sake, he may feel assured that he is on the conquering side. The kingdoms of this world shall yet become the kingdoms of Christ. Yet a little time and He that shall come will come, and will not tarry. For that blessed day let us patiently wait, and watch, and pray. Now is the time for carrying the cross, and for fellowship with Christ’s sufferings. The day draws near when Christ shall take His great power and reign; and when all who have served Him faithfully shall exchange a cross for a crown.” – J.C. Ryle

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December 9, 2012

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Come Lord Jesus







peekingout“Advent coaxes us out. We look up and there is a darker sky than before. The stars show more clearly, and they inspire us to hack through the things we have allowed to imprison us, so that we may walk a freer path and ponder what transpired in a lonely cave in Bethlehem, 2,000 years ago — what it meant then, and what it still means for all of us today.

Because it is monumental, this parousia is an encounter with Love as it had never before existed, and as it will never end.

And, yes, it has “already happened.” But if God is outside of time, and we know He is, then that momentous event “is happening” even as you read this. Right now, a star is shining brightly; a people are moving toward the places from whence they came; a young woman is great with child; wise men are lifting their eyes to heaven and wondering. The place of our own origin, from whence we came, beckons; it sends a flare as a guide! And the One who is All in All is moving toward us — in breathtaking humility — to show us the way back.

Like Mary, we are great with expectation…”


From – The Liturgical Love Words of Advent by Elizabeth Scalia

I continue to be so impressed by the folks who run Their commitment to writing theologically sound, Gospel centered and musically accessible songs for the church is a welcome breath of fresh air. The fact that they give away all their material for free (they will accept donations) makes them stand out head and shoulders in the music publishing arena.

I wanted to bring two songs to your attention that we use in our church during the Advent and Christmas season:

What Kind of Throne

Written by Joel Payne, the song celebrates the incarnation and our surrender to Christ with a nice 3/4 lilt that lends itself very nicely to some fiddle and mandolin.


Make note of the screenshot on the left. Resound offers an amazing selection of tools beginning with high quality mp3s both for listening and a backing tracks. That’s followed by your standard charts and, for this song, orchestration! The PMZip files enables the chord charts to be imported into the Power Music 4 software and printed in any key you like.

What kind of throne is a manger of hay,
no majesty shown there, no dignity claimed,
for one who deserves to be
crowned and enthroned on our praise?
What kind of king is so modestly born,
when glory unmeasured is humble and small?
This is the hope of the world and the true light of all.

So I’ll bow down to worship the humblest of kings
and I’ll bring him the best that I have;
I’ll say that I love him, and that I am his,
and I’ll give him the throne of my heart,
I’ll give him the throne of my heart.

What kind of Saviour makes weakness his strength,
in frailty depending on those he would save,
and veiling the power
that always belonged to his name?
What kind of child causes heaven to sing,
with angels proclaiming the hope that he brings?
This is the glory of God, this is Jesus, the King.

On Christmas Day 

Written by Matt Osgood, this song contains some wonderful images that capture the mystery of God incarnate. I particularly love the lyric: ” The hands that once split night from day now feebly clutch a blade of hay, this is Immanuel. Majestic king, now small and weak, the Word of God must learn to speak…” It’s a very uplifting song that does a great job of bringing together the twin tasks of teaching and worship in song. This song also includes a full orchestra score as well!

On Christmas day, a humble girl
gives birth to hope for all the world,
this is Immanuel.
How awesome and mysterious,
the Lord of heaven draws near to us,
this is Immanuel.

2. The hands that once split night from day
now feebly clutch a blade of hay,
this is Immanuel.
Majestic king, now small and weak,
the Word of God must learn to speak,
this is Immanuel.

This is our God, seen by our eyes,
the love of the Father made known in Jesus Christ.
This is our God, worthy of praise,
the love of the Father revealed on Christmas day.

3. The shepherds come and bow to him,
the Lamb who takes away our sin,
this is Immanuel.
For God has entered time and space
to show the world his endless grace,
this is Immanuel.

Immanuel, Immanuel. Our God is with us now.
Immanuel, Immanuel. Our God is with us now.

Check out the many different varieties of music on Resound. There’s lot of treasures to be mined from these talented writers. Be sure to use their CCLI info when using the music and be sure to report the usage.

AdventThe following is a post from Cardiphonia featuring their all star song selections for Advent:

For many worship leaders Advent doesn’t register much of a blip on the service planning radar…worship moves straight from Thanksgiving to Christmas but for those of you who are blessed to be in congregations that take Advent seriously and are seriously praying for Christ’s return here is our all-star list of songs and texts. You can grab audio and charts for most of these HERE.

Songs that Meditate on the Promises of the OT and Christ’s First Coming:

O Come, O Come Emmanuel
mp3 | leadsheet

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus (versions)

But For You Who Fear My Name (Micah 4:2)
Welcome Wagon – mp3 | chart

O Come, Messiah, Come (bifrost arts)
mp3 | chart | youtube

O God, Give to the King Your Justice (Psalm 72)
mp3 | chart

Hail to the Lord’s Annointed
welcome wagon – mp3 | chart
sandra mccracken – mp3 | chart

Hark, the Glad Sound (Zac Hicks)
mp3 | chart | info

To Us A Child of Hope is Born (benedict arr.)
mp3 | chords | leadsheet

More good stuff here!