God's Reign Descends

Sun, Dec 19, 2021
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. - Micah 5:2 (ESV) Traditions at Christmas mark out the season. Some traditions are within families. Some have much wider and older origins. Christmas trees and gift giving date back centuries. Included in these Christmas traditions are songs. When hear them it brings us into the season. One of the oldest Christmas songs is - O Come, O Come Emmanuel. It has origins that take it back to monasteries in the 8th and 9th centuries where songs called ‘O Antiphons’ would be sung a week before Christmas. These songs were translated from Latin into English in the 1700’s. The song that we now know as O Come, O Come Emmanuel was put to the modern song by John Neale around 1850. This song points us to the arrival of God’s king in a rescue mission for His people. This week in our series of Christmas we will see more about this coming King as we look at Micah. It will remind us that this King came to establish his rule and will return to extend it forever. I encourage you to read Micah 4-5 to prepare your heart and mind to worship together. We will celebrate communion together.
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