The Songs of Christmas: Savior of the Nations, Come (Matthew 1, John 1, Philippians 2)

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Do You Hear What I Hear? The Songs of Christmas
November 28: Savior of the Nations, Come by St. Ambrose (340-397)
Scripture References: Matthew 1:18; John 1:10-14; Philippians 2:5-7
Theme: Christ, the Heroic Racer

Savior of the Nations, Come by St. Ambrose
Savior of the nations, come, Virgin’s Son, make here Your home!
Marvel now, O heav’n and earth, That the Lord chose such a birth.

Not by human flesh and blood, by the Spirit of our God,
Was the Word of God made flesh—Woman’s offspring, pure and fresh.

Here a maid was found with child, Yet remained a virgin mild.
In her womb this truth was shown: God was there upon His throne.

Then stepped forth the Lord of all from His pure and kingly hall;
God of God, yet fully man, His heroic course began.

God the Father was His source, back to God He ran His course.
Into hell His road went down, back then to His throne and crown.

For You are the Father’s Son who in flesh the vict’ry won.
By Your mighty pow’r make whole all our ills of flesh and soul.

From the manger newborn light shines in glory through the night.
Darkness there no more resides; in this light faith now abides.

Glory to the Father sing, Glory to the Son, our king,
Glory to the Spirit be now and through eternity.

Prayer:
All Hail our Heroic Savior, Jesus Christ
Heroic to leave perfection and glory
Heroic to choose an impoverished, bloody birth
Heroic to become frail flesh
Divine, yet disregarded, disowned, destroyed

Heroic to pioneer the path of mercy, grace, and new life
Heroic to run the race, to persevere, to win our victory
Heroic to give everything to make us whole and holy

We stand to honor and revere you
We bow in humility and thankfulness
We step out in faith to follow your lead. Amen.

Additional Resources:

Matthew 1:18
Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah[a] took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.

Philippians 2:5-7
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.

John 1:10-14
He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son,[b] full of grace and truth.

The hymn affirms the same themes about Jesus Christ as the Nicene Creed
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human.

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CLICK HERE for a pdf of the Christmas Song Devotional Readings.

The Christmas Story is full of singing. Mary sings. Zechariah sings. Simeon sings. The angels sing. Over the centuries we’ve continued to celebrate with songs of our own, songs born from the joy of Christ’s coming.

This holy season, to prepare our hearts again for the coming of Christ, we’ll reflect on the poetry of these meaningful songs. Some will be old friends. Others will be new. My prayer is that their beauty and power draw us closer to Jesus, the babe of Bethlehem, the Risen King. And that the grace of drawing near fulfills in us Christ’s power of new life.

Suggestions for Reflection on Each Song Lyric in the Christmas Devotion:

  • Find a quiet place to sit. Take a couple of deep breaths.
  • Read the song lyrics several times slowly, savoring the words.
  • Ask yourself:
    • What is the big idea?
    • Why is it important?
    • How does this truth connect with my life?
  • Have a conversation with God about this truth.
  • Invite God to use this truth to birth something new in you this holy season.

Additional Ideas:

  • Journal your reflections
  • Draw, paint, or create some other kind of art based on your reflections
  • Find a scripture or two which inspired the song or where brought to mind by the lyrics
  • Sing or listen to the song
  • Share the song or just the lyrics on social media or face to face

I look forward to hearing your comments. – Lisa <><

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Your Word is a Fire (Jeremiah 20:9)

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Jeremiah 20:9
If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,”
then within me there is something like a burning fire shut up in my bones;
I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.

Mighty and Mysterious One
Your word is a fire
Your word burns and burns- refining, purifying
Your word is an explosion, a bomb of truth and grace

Who am I to speak for you?
How can I bear your molten heart
these blazing bones
and not be consumed

It is such a holy place
Help me to stay with you and not turn away

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Prayer- Jesus, only speak the word (Matthew 8.5-11)

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Based on Matthew 8:5-11

Jesus, only speak the word
Speak peace and the storm is calmed
Speak hope and the trouble is overwhelmed
Speak life and the new is born, and it is good

Jesus, only speak the word
Speak justice and the oppressed are seen and freed
Speak truth and the masks of hypocrisy fall
Speak grace and the path of peacemaking appears

Jesus, only speak the word
Speak light and we are light, saved from the shadows
Speak our names and we are found, we come to ourselves at last
Speak welcome and we are home

Jesus speak
We are listening
We trust in you

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Prayer: With us, In us, Amongst us, Through us (John 1:1-18)

baby hand2014 Bible Reading Plan for Christmas
Day 19 Reading: John 1:1-18
Jesus, The Word Made Flesh

The Word became flesh and lived among us,
and we have seen his glory,
the glory as of a father’s only son,
full of grace and truth.
– John 1:14

Prayer: With us, In us, Amongst us, Through us
Jesus, we welcome you
God with us, in us, amongst us, through us

Jesus, we need you
God with us, in us, amongst us, through us

Jesus, we trust you
God with us, in us, amongst us, through us

Jesus, we see you
God with us, in us, amongst us, through us

Jesus, we follow you
God with us, in us, amongst us, through us

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Days 20 and 21 are set aside for worship and rest

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Christmas 9a: Jesus, The Word of God

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Word Made Flesh by Chris Shreve, http://www.chrisshreve.com 

The Story of Christmas
Day 9 Reading:
John 1:1-18

He who is without flesh becomes incarnate; the Word puts on a body; the Invisible is seen; by whom no hand can touch is handled; the Timeless has a beginning; the Son of God becomes Son of Man – Jesus Christ, the same yesterday today and for ever. … O strange conjunction! The Self-existent comes into being; the Uncreated is created. He shares in the poverty of my flesh, that I may share in the riches of his Godhead.
Gregory of Nazianzus

He was created of a mother whom He created.
He was carried by hands that He formed.
He cried in the manger in wordless infancy.
He, the Word, without whom all human eloquence is mute.
– Augustine of Hippo

Extended quote from Living Our Beliefs by Kenneth L. Carder
Central to the Christian Faith is the conviction that Jesus Christ is the supreme revelation of God. …

Jesus Christ is the very flesh and blood of God’s nature and God’s intention for all humanity. Jesus of Nazareth is the human face and action of the Father, and is Creator of the universe made known in history. John’s Gospel proclaims, “And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. … From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace” (John 1:14, 16).

Charles Wesley’s beloved Christmas hymn expresses the Church’s understanding of Jesus Christ:
“Christ, by highest heaven adored;
Christ, the everlasting Lord,
late in time behold him come,
offspring of a virgin’s womb.

Veiled in flesh the God-head see;
hail, th’incarnate Deity,
pleased with us in flesh to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel.”

Prayer: Seeking Christ, the Word of God
ONE: Hear the Word of the Lord:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. – John 1:1-4 (NRSV)

ALL:
Speak Lord, your servant is listening.
I long for your words of light and life.

ONE:
Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word.
– Hebrews 1:1-3a (NRSV)

ALL:
Speak Lord, your servant is listening.
I want to know you. I need your word to sustain me.

ONE:
Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. – Colossians 1:15-18

ALL:
Speak Lord, your servant is listening.
Hold me together. Have first place in my life.

Time of silence

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