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Advent--4th week4th Sunday of Advent

Unifying Theme:
A savior needed, a savior sent.
A call to belong. Will we repent?
Scripture Theme Hymns
Isaiah 7:10-16 The virgin birth foretold 214: Savior of the Nations, Come
216: Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
234: O Come, All Ye Faithful
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 God's people seek restoration 138: The King of Love My Shepherd Is
266: Heal Us, Emmanuel, Hear Our Prayer
381: Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us
Romans 1:1-7 All are called to belong 236: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
240: Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
436: The Voice of God Is Calling
Matthew 1:18-25 The virgin birth fulfilled 220: Angels from the Realms of Glory
229: Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
239: Silent Night, Holy Night

Featured Hymn:
Silent Night, Holy Night

Hymn #239
Words by Joseph Mohr
Translated by John F. Young
Music by Franz Gruber

When people are involved, one person is rarely enough to accomplish anything meaningful. Think about it. A piano soloist can deliver a wonderful performance--on an instrument that someone else built. A race car driver can cross the finish line--if someone else fueled the car and changed the tires. Even the simple things need other people. I can read a book--that someone else published. If I "self publish" a book, there are still other people involved.

In 1818, Joseph Mohr was serving in a church in Oberndorf on the banks of the Salzach River. Flooding had damaged the church organ. Mohr asked the church's organist, Franz Gruber, if he could compose a melody for guitar so that they could sing a Christmas hymn that Mohr had written two years earlier. Gruber penned a simple melody, and Silent Night , one of the most popular Christmas hymns ever, was sung for the first time.

Once again this year, Silent Night will be sung in churches and chapels, in hospitals and homes, by choirs and carolers, loudly in celebration, and quietly in prayer. Try one more way. Read it aloud. Read it with someone. Ponder the silence and the calm, just as Mary pondered the wonders of that first Christmas night.

1. Silent night, holy night,
all is calm, all is bright
round yon virgin mother and child.
Holy infant, so tender and mild,
sleep in heavenly peace,
sleep in heavenly peace.
2. Silent night, holy night,
shepherds quake at the sight;
glories stream from heaven afar,
heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born!
3. Silent night, holy night,
Son of God, love's pure light;
radiant beams from thy holy face
with the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.
4. Silent night, holy night,
wondrous star, lend thy light;
with the angels let us sing,
Alleluia to our King;
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born!

Christ the Savior is born. He is born in our hearts. Ponder the joyous news and share it.

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Passages suggested are from The Revised Common Lectionary: Consultation on Common Texts (Abingdon Press, 1992) copyright © by the Consultation on Common Texts (CCT), P.O. Box 340003, Room 381, Nashville TN 37203-0003. Reprinted with permission of CCT.