Pastor’s Ponderings

Christmas without music would be like cake without frosting. It would be like summer without sun or fall without colors. Frankly, if we didn’t have the carols of Christmas, we would be impoverished in our walk with Jesus. There are so many riches we gain from the beautiful Christmas hymns we hear and sing throughout the Christmas season.

For my ‘Pastor’s Ponderings’ article this month, I’ll share one stanza each from 5 of the less familiar hymns of Christmas contained within our Trinity Hymnal. May they help bring joy to your soul as we worship and serve King Jesus together this glorious Christmas time!

Hymn # 212, ‘Within a Crib My Savior Lay’ first stanza: “Within a crib my Savior lay, a wooden manger filled with hay, come down for love on Christmas Day: all glory be to Jesus!”

Hymn # 219, ‘All Praise to Thee, Eternal Lord’ fourth stanza: “Thou comest in the darksome night to make us children of the light, to make us, in the realms divine, like thine own angels round thee shine.”

Hymn # 220, ‘From Heaven High I Come to You’ sixth stanza: “Welcome to earth, thou noble guest, through whom the sinful world is blest! In my distress thou com’st to me; what thanks shall I return to thee?”

Hymn # 230 – ‘Thou Who Wast Rich beyond All Splendor’ second stanza: “Thou who art God beyond all praising, all for love’s sake becamest man; stooping so low, but sinners raising, heav’nward by thine eternal plan. Thou who art God beyond all praising, all for love’s sake becamest man.”

Hymn # 233 – ‘To Us a Child of Hope is Born’ second stanza: ‘His name shall be the Prince of Peace, forevermore adored, the Wonderful, the Counselor, the great and mighty Lord.”

Aren’t those incredible words of hope, joy, and peace? My hope for you and your
family this Christmas is that you experience afresh the blessing of life in Jesus with His
people. The Church is the centerpiece of God’s kingdom. Don’t be left behind!

Merry Christmas to you from Pastor Daren, Jan, Zach, Clare, Baby D, Molly and
Noah!