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Watchmen Tell Us Of The Night by Nadia Birkenstock – Christmas Songs 2019 Day 9

I’m still looking for seasonal hymns that I’m not really familiar with, and have discovered Watchmen Tell Us Of The Night.
It’s from a Lutheran background.
Here’s a version with Celtic stylings and harp accompaniment.

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Everything Is Great. Literally. (via Poorly Drawn Lines)

Pastors have something like this conversation with each other recurrently.


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O Come, O Come Emmanuel by Sara Groves – Christmas Songs 2019 Day 8

I’ve featured O Come, O Come Emmanuel lots and lots of times as part of Christmas Songs.
This recently released version by Sara Groves has a new tune and setting for the lyrics.
It’s very tasteful, and singable I think, though fans of the words themselves would probably prefer the old tune, and those who prefer newer tunes might find the lyrics not appealing.

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The Subversive Questioner (via Winn Collier)

When God asks questions its not because he needs information.
It’s because we need to learn something about ourselves and our circumstances that we’re hiding from ourselves.
The question reframes our insistence on control and self-reliance and reveals our need.
This is also true of Jesus’ questions, with the added reality that his human nature was not omniscient.
From Winn Collier.

After the tragedy of the fall, Adam and Eve hid. They hid their bodies and they hid their hearts. This is our introduction to sin. What began as Adam and Eve’s stiff-necked rebellion quickly morphed into their rabid fear of being found out and a panic over their complete inability to decelerate the meltdown they had initiated. So Adam and Eve’s response was to stick their fingers in their ears, close their eyes, and hum a s loud as they could in the bushes, pretending they could hide from the truth. God stepped into the tragedy, though, and he posed a question: “Adam, where are you?” It was a question intended to unnerve them, to reveal their desperation, to call them out of their hiding.
God asked a question to the tow hiding in the garden, and he has been asking questions to us ever since. His questions urge us out of our self-absorption and pull us into something far bigger: God. God’s questions are subversive. They reframe the discussion. They are always at work pulling us out of ourselves and drawing us into himself.

Winn Collier, Holy Curiosity, Baker Books, 2008, pg 17.

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Saviour Of The Nations Come by Koiné- Christmas Songs 2019 Day 7

Saviour Of The Nations is an old hymn, based on even older words.
This rendition by a group named Koiné actually uses the traditional melody in a comptemporary rendition, and does capture some of the sense of desire and anticipation the hymn expresses.

The lyrics:
Saviour of the nations, come;
Virgin’s Son, make here your home.
Marvel now, O heav’n and earth,
That the Lord chose such a birth.
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.
Wondrous birth! O wondrous Child
Of the virgin undefiled,
Though by all the world disowned,
Yet to be in heav’n enthroned!
From the Father’s throne he came
And ascended to the same,
Captive leading death and hell —
High the song of triumph swell!
Praise to God the Father sing,
Praise to God the Son, our King,
Praise to God the Spirit be
Ever and eternally.

Text: Ambrose, 340-97, abr.; German version, Martin Luther, 1483-1546, abr,; tr. William M. Reynolds, 1812-76, alt.
Text and Tune: public domain. *Setting: (C) 1993 Kermit G. Moldenhauer. Used by permission. Arr. Koiné

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New City Catechism Question and Answer 49

Question 49
Where is Christ now?

Christ rose bodily from the grave on the third day after his death and is seated at the right hand of the Father, ruling his kingdom and interceding for us, until he returns to judge and renew the whole world.

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Justice Will Roll Down by Sandra McCracken – Christmas Songs 2019 Day 6

Justice Will Roll Down, by Sandra McCracken.
This recording is from her Steadfast Live album.
A light shines in the darkness.
The light will return, creation will be renewed, the darkness will be gone forever.

The lyrics:
Verse 1.
Oh my love, you have grown so cold
To the world outside, to the house next door
She who has been loved much, has so much to give
Mercy is the fragrance, of the broken
Justice will roll down, oh justice will roll down
From high upon those mountains with a mighty river sound
It will roll down
It will roll down
Verse 2.
Oh my child, I will be your light
In your secret pain, in the dark of night
No enemy, no conqueror, will steal your life from me
I am your salvation, and your victory
Verse 3.
Soon oh soon, when the trumpet sounds
Every knee shall bend, every heart will pound
I have made a new world, where the servant is the King
Oppression will be over, and the slave set free

Words & Music: Sandra McCracken