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In today’s reading we join the angels’ song of praise

Glory to God in highest heaven,
and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased
. (Luke 2:14)

There are many Christmas carols which are familar to many of us but I really liked this simple Taize gloria.

Have a really blessed Christmas Eve. Here in Finland we exchange presents today and eat good food … and I close the day at the 10pm service at St. Michael’s church which is a wonderful way to celebrate the birth of my King and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

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Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 1:18-25

My Bible says Jesus is the King of the Jews …  the King of glory …  King of Kings and Lord of Lords …  He’s God’s Son and all-sufficient Saviour … His goodness is limitness … His love never changes … His yoke is easy … the Pharisees couldn’t stand Him but they couldn’t stop Him … Herod couldn’t kill him … that’s my King. I wonder if you know Him?

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A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.

The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of power,
the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD –

and he will delight in the fear of the LORD.

Read the rest of today’s reading from the Prophet Isaiah  here 11:1-10 and take time out of your busy pre-Christmas schedule to allow Him to open this word to you.

Advent Bonsu: This is one version of the advent hymn which is my absolute favourite (though I must admit I like it sung a tad faster!) – allow the words proclaiming the arrival of our Redeemer and Saviour, Jesus the Christ.

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Advent a time of hope

Let us use this last week to allow God to remind us of the promise of hope in the Messiah as we prepare to receive the incarnated son of God this Christmas.

Today’s reading begins

The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death [a]
a light has dawned.

You can read the rest of it here

What I love about this text – is the hope in the triune God. Jesus is son of God, but He is also Wonderful counsellor and Everlasting Father – and His spirit rules and reigns in us.

Take time to worship Him today.

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