Friday, December 23, 2011

Psalm 96

You are correct!  
If you are following the sequence, you know that yesterday and today are inverted.  
It turns out that I really have a difficult time telling when the real Friday arrives.  
Sorry!  In the end, today is Christmas Eve Eve!  Jesus is coming!

Psalm 96          Zephaniah 3:8-13                       Romans 10:5-13

                  Christmas is a time for singing. We shared the carols of the season on Sunday morning and we will sing more on Saturday night. Oh how we love the carols of Christmas! They remind us of Christmas past. They help us restate our faith. And they assist us in recreating the story of the manger.
Our Advent The Road to the Manger has been all about a symbolic journey. It is our desire to recreate, relive, and be renewed by the holy family and all the sacred elements of the manger scene.  The songs help us accomplish that desire.
But here’s is the problem….we always sing the same songs. It really is not a big problem, but the words of Psalm 96 invite us to ‘sing a new song’ that will help us rejoice in the glory of God. It recommends a fresh melody that will honor all of creation, lift the name of the Lord God Almighty, and cause the heavens to rejoice. Can you sing a song like that? Yes, I think you can! In fact, I think we will!
I am sure of it because we are going to sing a new song that declares an old word. It is the word “Glory!”
Glory to god in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Do you recognize that new song? It is the song of the heavenly host, the angels who arrived to praise the Lord in Bethlehem.
Do you think we could sing a new song this season? Whatever words you choose, be sure you sing it with a smile.   

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