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Archive for December 19th, 2011

What does YOUR going to church

 

SAY about

 

you going to heaven?

– eab, 12/19/11 

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C. H. R. I. S. T. M. A. S.      (2nd card) [1]     (song) [2]

 

C       Christ, Creator, came to comfort,

H       Heaven’s hope for a heavy heart.

R       Redeemer from ritualism, Real Resort.

I        Infant, now Immanuel, ideals to impart.

S       Savior for sinner’s shame sent;

T       Taking trouble’s tyrant to task.

M      Master of mere mortals, magnificent,

A       And Answer to all who truly ask.

S       Serve this Savior, this Sacred Season.

                – eab, Dec. ’66


[1] Have printed a Christmas card poem every year (except 2) since 1965

[2] Sing to Hyfrydol-”Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus.”

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304 years ago yesterday Charles Wesley was born in England.  He wrote:

            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 th’angelic host proclaim, “Christ is born inBethlehem!”

Refrain Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”

            2. 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 th’incarnate Deity,
Pleased with us in flesh to dwell, Jesus our Emmanuel.

            3. Hail the heav’nly Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun 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.

            4. Come, Desire of nations, come, Fix in us Thy humble home;
Rise, the woman’s conqu’ring Seed, Bruise in us the serpent’s head.
Now display Thy saving power, Ruined nature now restore;
Now in mystic union join Thine to ours, and ours to Thine.

            5. Adam’s likeness, Lord, efface, Stamp Thine image in its place:
Second Adam from above, Reinstate us in Thy love.
Let us Thee, though lost, regain, Thee, the Life, the inner man:
O, to all Thyself impart, Formed in each believing heart.

How much poorer our world would be without the heart & pen of Charles.

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