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Mild He Lays His Glory By – Advent-ually Pt. 6 (Christmas Eve)

Philippians 2:5-11
Pastor Chris Tweitmann

On Christmas Eve, we huddle together in the dark for two services at 4 pm and 9 pm and begin to celebrate the coming of the Light of the World, of Jesus born anew in our lives. Once again, we will retell the story that is the reason for the season. Then, we will reflect on this life-changing, history-altering, and promise-fulfilling moment in light of the oldest Christmas song ever written, preserved for us by the apostle Paul.

In addition, we will explore the genesis of a favored Christmas carol, that among many hymnologists is believed to be one of the three or four best Christian songs ever written. Written by Charles Wesley, a prolific composer of treasured hymns, this carol is the one that caps off Linus’ biblically based explanation of what Christmas is all about in the famous Charlie Brown Christmas special. Known in a variety of traditions, this song is beyond compare in the richness of its content and the rousing nature of its melody.
I look forward to worshipping with you over these next few days as we prepare to receive the One who was, is, and always will be, the One who is, remarkably, wonderfully, and faithfully, with and for us, in Jesus Christ.

O come, let us adore Him!
Pastor Chris