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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel


Luke 2:8-12

In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

According to Wikipedia, the famous Christmas hymn, O come, O come, Emmanuel, has its roots in Latin liturgy dating back to perhaps the 8th century but certainly to the 12th century. The version for English text dates back to the 19th century.

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny
From depths of Hell Thy people save
And give them victory o’er the grave
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, O come, Thou Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai’s height,
In ancient times did’st give the Law,
In cloud, and majesty and awe.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

This hymn remains one of my personal favorites during the season of Advent!

How about you? What are some of your favorite classic Christmas songs?


Creeds and Confessions – Nicene Creed


In the family of Christian churches, some types are not so comfortable referring to “old stuff” because they are concerned with relying on traditional things held onto by rote without understand. And there are some that are much more comfortable referring back to “old stuff” like creeds and confessions. In either case, we probably could all agree the key is to understand these things and not merely to recite them without reflection.

One of the oldest statements about what we believe is the Nicene Creed.

The short story of the Nicene Creed is that in 325 AD, the church gathered in a council in the city of Nicaea to clarify confusion regarding the divinity of Jesus. A longer version of its history can be found at Wikipedia and Theopedia and certainly one can consult church history textbooks for much more comprehensive discussions. Below is an English translation of the creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

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. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Image at the top is of Uppsala Cathedral in Sweden.

O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing


In another periodic post under “old stuff,” below are the lyrics of a Charles Wesley hymn from the early days of my journey of faith during my high school years …

Oh, for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer’s praise,
The glories of my God and king,
The triumphs of His grace!

My gracious Master and my God,
Assist me to proclaim,
To spread through all the earth abroad,
The honors of Thy name.

Jesus! the name that charms our fears,
That bids our sorrows cease—
’Tis music in the sinner’s ears,
’Tis life, and health, and peace.

He breaks the pow’r of canceled sin,
He sets the pris’ner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean,
His blood availed for me.


Photo above is of St. Pierre Cathedral in Geneva.

Old = bad, new = good ?


One of the challenges of our 21st century life is that folks are always waiting around for, “the next big thing.”

This expectation of progress can feed into the mentality that old stuff is no good and that which is new is “new and improved and better.”

But there is something to be said for what has “stood the test of time.”

Our goal here at CCCS is to encourage the study of the Scriptures which has timeless wisdom that has “stood the test of time.”

And periodically, in some posts, we will visit other “old stuff” which we hope will be an encouragement to our dear readers.

So for today, how about lyrics from an old hymn by A.B. Simpson:

Jesus only is our message,
Jesus all our theme shall be.
We will lift up Jesus ever,
Jesus only will we see.

Jesus only is our Saviour,
all our guilt He bore away.
All our righteousness He gives us,
all our strength from day to day.

Jesus only is our Sanctifier,
cleansing us from self and sin.
And with all His Spirit’s fullness,
filling all our hearts within.

Jesus only is our Healer,
all our sicknesses He bears
and His risen life and fullness,
all His members still may share.

Jesus only is our power,
He the gift of Pentecost.
Jesus, breathe Thy power upon us,
fill us with the Holy Ghost.

And for Jesus we are waiting,
listening for the Advent call;
But ’twill still be Jesus only,
Jesus ever, all in all.

Jesus only, Jesus ever,
Jesus all in all we sing;
Saviour, Sanctifier and Healer,
Glorious Lord and Coming King.