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The Glory of God 12/16/10
Dear friends in Christ,
Luke 2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
The other night we heard a couple of men in our congregation share of the meaning of two of the age old Christmas Carols: Hark the Herald Angels Sing and It Came Upon A Midnight Clear. As they shared of the origin of them, of the Scriptural foundation of them and of the application for our lives today, I was left with a sense of wonder at the deep and rich meaning that is hidden in these two Hymns. Although there were many wonderful truths that were shared, two of them here will suffice to bring the point across of the blessing that was realized from hearing the Word spoken, which centered around these two Hymns.
It was mentioned in relation to this hymn that most of us have experienced the birth of our own flesh and blood, an experience which is incredible and difficult to describe with words. The speaker went on to apply this natural experience to the event which announced that God was born on earth on Christmas Eve and of how such glory shone from heaven in celebration of this indescribable event! As we think on that, the words of Charles Wesley's hymn quite possibly gain immense meaning to us.
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 the angelic host proclaim:
"Christ is born in Bethlehem"
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 the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son 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
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

The second hymn we heard spoken of was It Came Upon the Midnight Clear. There are different versions than the one that we are familiar with, and below is one of them, with the below version being different, especially in the 3rd verse. As you think about Christmas and rejoice in God coming to be with us, think of the meaning of the following Hymn as you go through the words. What a night it must have been, when the angels came to tell of the heart of God toward the world and of how the light shone all around them! What a melody it must have been when all of heaven broke forth in praise of Almighty God who was pleased to come to redeem all of mankind through being born in the flesh in a stable. The speaker mentioned that he recalled his childhood days in which he learned how to best cross the street: Stop, Look and Listen. He applied this to our quiet times at night, as times when we especially think on the grace of God toward us. He encouraged us to take occasions in which we would stop in our busy lives, look (read/listen to what God is saying to us, and above all, listen (hear) to what God is saying to us in His Word. May we stop for a moment, look up and "hear" the words of this hymn, which is from the heart of God. Jesus often said these words in His ministry on earth: "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear."

It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth
To touch their harps of gold!
"Peace on the earth, good will to men,
From heaven's all gracious King!
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing.

Still through the cloven skies they come
With peaceful wings unfurled
And still their heavenly music floats
O'er all the weary world;
Above its sad and lowly plains
They bend on hovering wing.
And ever o'er its Babel sounds
The blessed angels sing.

Yet with the woes of sin and strife
The world hath suffered long;
Beneath the angel-strain have rolled
Two thousand years of wrong;
And man, at war with man, hears not
The love song which they bring:
O hush the noise, ye men of strife,
And hear the angels sing.

For lo! the days are hastening on,
By prophet bards foretold,
When, with the ever-circling years,
Shall come the Age of Gold;
When peace shall over all the earth
Its ancient splendors fling,
And all the world give back the song
Which now the angels sing.

May the grace of Christmas be with you today and always!

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 16 Dec 2010 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
The First Advent 11/27/2010

After a wonderful time with family and friends around the Thanksgiving table, we are now entering into a new church calendar year which begins Nov 28, 2010 with the first Sunday in Advent. Many churches at this time observe a tradition of lighting Advent candles on each of the four Sundays of Advent: 1st Sunday in Advent: Blue (Hope) signifying that He is coming; 2nd Sunday in Advent: Blue (Peace) He is still at a distance; 3rd Sunday in Advent: Pink (Faith) His arrival is close at hand; White (Love) He has come, all is fulfilled.

Ever since the promise of his coming in Genesis 3:15 was communicated by God in the Garden of Eden after the fall of mankind into sin, those who have awaited the grace of His first Advent have poured over the Scriptures, searching them for signs of His coming, and waited and waited and waited...but God tarried.....

Prophets through the years prophesied of His coming, not fully understanding the implication of that which they wrote in the Scrolls of the Scriptures. Isaiah spoke 700 years before His first Advent of the certainty of His arrival when he wrote of it by prophecy, Matthew described the events as they happened on Christmas Eve and John the Apostle explained later that God had come in the flesh (in a human body)

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD'S hand double for all her sins. The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. Isaiah 40:1-5

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. Luke 2:9

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14

As we attempt to recreate and relive in our minds and in our hearts of the first coming of our Lord in all His glory, that Light which was seen by the shepherds, sung about by the angels, and experienced by those who gathered around the humble birthing place of Emmanuel (God with us), may the wonder of it all reignite our sometimes weary hearts to renewed hope , to quiet peace, to revived faith and to exuberant joy in His Advent! He has come to us to redeem us, is with us and in us today and one day will come for us to take us to be with Him for all eternity! May we be watching and waiting, so we may say these words in response to His words of counsel:

He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Revelation 22:20

Have a blessed Advent season in your preparations to relive the coming of God for us and to us through His Son Jesus Christ.

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 27 Nov 2010 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala

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The Glory of God 12/16/10
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