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NEW SONG: Joy Has Dawned

Christmas is a time for well-worn classic songs which span the centuries with their timeless truths.  But it’s also good at this time of year not to neglect the biblical call to “sing to the Lord a new song.”  With that in mind, here’s a great new Christmas song we’ll be singing this Sunday.

It’s called Joy Has Dawned and it’s by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, writers of many of the songs we sing at Emmanuel, such as In Christ Alone, You’re The Word Of God The Father and O Church Arise.  In an interview, Getty said that they deliberately wrote this song to be “In Christ Alone for Christmas”, meaning that they sweep through the events of the first Christmas, pausing to reflect on their significance, much like they do with the Easter story in In Christ Alone.  The overall effect is a modern hymn drawing out the wonder of who Jesus is and what He came to earth to accomplish.

Here’s a recent version of the hymn.  At the end it morphs into Angels We Have Heard On High, which is a lovely touch but we’re not going to attempt that this Sunday!

Alternatively, you might like this slightly funkier version by the band King’s Kaleidoscope.  Again, don’t expect this arrangement on Sunday either!  But between these two versions you’ll pick up the tune and be ready to sing with gusto on Sunday!

Joy has dawned upon the world,
promised from creation.
God’s salvation now unfurled,
hope for every nation.
Not with fanfares from above,
not with scenes of glory,
but a humble gift of love
– Jesus born of Mary.

Sounds of wonder fill the sky
with the songs of angels
as the mighty Prince of Life
shelters in a stable.
Hands that set each star in place,
shaped the earth in darkness,
cling now to a mother’s breast,
vulnerable and helpless.

Shepherds bow before the Lamb,
gazing at the glory.
Gifts of men from distant lands
prophesy the story.
Gold – a King is born today,
Incense – God is with us,
Myrrh – His death will make a way
and by His blood He’ll win us.

Son of Adam, Son of heaven,
given as a ransom.
Reconciling God and man,
Christ our mighty champion!
What a Saviour!  What a Friend!
What a glorious mystery!
Once a babe in Bethlehem,
now the Lord of history.

Is Jesus Man Enough For Christmas?

Christmas 2013 sliderWe began our Christmas 2013 sermon series this Sunday.  Nathan showed us from Hebrews 2:14-18 why it’s so important that Jesus became a real man at Christmas…

The Innkeeper

Imagine if Jesus, as a grown man, returned to Bethlehem to visit the stable where He was born.  What would He say to the innkeeper?  How do the cross and the resurrection make sense of all the terrible suffering in this world?

John Piper wrote this poem a number of years ago to help us ponder how God brings hope into awful times.  The coming of Jesus, first time round and the time still to come, brings hope of a better country beyond this world. In this video, the author invites us to sit with him by the fire as we marvel at our God who was made a man in order to transform the world.

To skip the publisher’s introduction, start watching at 55 seconds.

The Innkeeper is available as a hardback here.

Annual Emmanuel Walk

Blow some post-Christmas cobwebs away! Join us for a stroll around Wollaton Park starting at 2pm from 27 Denewood Ave, and then returning there for tea afterwards. If you can offer cakes for the tea, please let Sarah know.