Sun, 23 December 2012
December 2, 2012
Rejoice In the Miracle of Christmas
First Sunday of Advent: HOPE
Help Other People Experience Emmanuel
Synopsis: This is the First Sunday of Advent and yes I can tell you how many shopping days are left before Christmas, but I would rather tell you there are three more Sundays of anticipation of Christ’s coming. This Sunday we light the candle of HOPE. Think about it this way, Help Other People Experience Emmanuel. Then they too will Rejoice in the Miracle of Christmas. Jesus is our reason for rejoicing.
The hymn I am using in this series dates back as far as the 8th century. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel started as a Gregorian Chant and has been used in the celebration of Advent down through the centuries. Originally there were seven verses, one for each day of the week leading up to Christmas and each verse had its own identity for Jesus. In the arrangement that we have: verse 1 – Emmanuel; verse 2 – Day-Spring; verse 3 – Wisdom from on high; verse 4 – Desire of nations. Through the Four Sundays leading up to Christmas we move closer to His Coming. Anticipate it! Wait for it! And Rejoice!
Scripture Text (NLT): Luke 1:76-79