Immanuel Lutheran High School, College, and Seminary
Eau Claire, WI

2010-12-13 ILC Chapel — Christmas meditation

2010 Chapels -
Christmas meditation

 

Date : 2010-12-13
Speaker : Pastor Walter Schaller

Hymn: TLH 84: Christians, Awake

Hymnary.org Organ Audio


1. Christians, awake, salute the happy morn 
Whereon the Savior of the world was born. 
Rise to adore the mystery of love 
Which hosts of angels chanted from above; 
With them the joyful tidings first begun 
Of God Incarnate and the Virgin’s Son. 

2. Then to the watchful shepherds it was told, 
Who heard the angelic herald’s voice, “Behold, 
I bring good tidings of a Savior’s birth 
To you and all the nations upon earth; 
This day hath God fulfilled His promised word; 
This day is born a Savior, Christ the Lord.” 

3. He spake; and straightway the celestial choir 
In hymns of joy, unknown before, conspire; 
The praises of redeeming love they sang, 
And heaven’s whole orb with alleluias rang. 
God’s highest glory was their anthem still, 
Peace upon earth, and unto men good will. 

4. To Bethl’m straight th’ enlightened shepherds ran 
To see the wonder God had wrought for man 
And found, with Joseph and the blessed maid, 
Her Son, the Savior, in a manger laid; 
Then to their flocks, still praising God, return. 
And their glad hearts with holy rapture burn. 

5. Oh, may we keep and ponder in our mind 
God’s wondrous love in saving lost mankind! 
Trace we the Babe, who hath retrieved our loss, 
From His poor manger to His bitter cross, 
Tread in His steps, assisted by His grace, 
Till man’s first heavenly state again takes place. 

6.Then may we hope, th’ angelic hosts among, 
To sing, redeemed, a glad triumphal song. 
He that was born upon this joyful day 
Around us all His glory shall display. 
Saved by His love, incessant we shall sing 
Eternal praise to heaven’s almighty King.