Sounding Joy by Ellie Holcomb.
This is part of a larger Christmas themed project from Ellie.
Her musicianship makes a work produced for children enjoyable (and singable and listenable) for all.
I don’t feature a lot of new music during the Christmas season.
That written, here’s O Christ Draw Near by Paul Zach featuring Taylor Leonhardt and Lauren Plank Goans.
O Christ, who waited for the chosen time
to join yourself with fragile humankind,
draw near enough to catch our falling tears
and weep your own with us — O Christ, draw near!
O Christ, draw near!
Near! O Christ, draw near!
O Christ, who hid within your mother’s womb,
you know the seeds we hide that wait to bloom
draw near enough to reach us through these fears
and breathe your peace on us—O Christ, draw near!
O Christ, who knows the tenderness of flesh,
the sting of longing and the rush of breath,
draw near enough our whispered pleas to hear
and answer all our cries — O Christ, draw near!
O Christ, who came to draw us to himself,
to open doors and tear the veil of death,
draw near enough to walk beside us here
and lead us all back home — O Christ, draw near
Words and Music (c) 2022: Paul Zach, Kate Bluett
Westminster Confession Of Faith – Lord’s Day 49
Chapter 30 – Of Church Censures
I. The Lord Jesus, as king and head of his Church, has therein appointed a government in the hand of Church officers, distinct from the civil magistrate.
II. To these officers the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven are committed, by virtue whereof they have power respectively to retain and remit sins, to shut that kingdom against the impenitent, both by the word and censures; and to open it unto penitent sinners, by the ministry of the gospel, and by absolution from censures, as occasion shall require.
III. Church censures are necessary for the reclaiming and gaining of offending brethren; for deterring of others from like offenses; for purging out of that leaven which might infect the whole lump; for vindicating the honour of Christ, and the holy profession of the gospel; and for preventing the wrath of God, which might justly fall upon the Church, if they should suffer his covenant, and the seals thereof, to be profaned by notorious and obstinate offenders.
IV. For the better attaining of these ends, the officers of the Church are to proceed by admonition, suspension from the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper for a season, and by excommunication from the Church, according to the nature of the crime, and demerit of the person.
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus by The Petersens.