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

2018-12-13 ILC Chapel — Salute the Happy Morn

Salute the Happy Morn

 

Date : 2018-12-13
Speaker : Professor Paul Schaller
Luke 2:1-20, Revelation 19:4-7, 21:1-4
(Translation, Michael Sydow) Luke 2: 1-20 At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) All returned to their own towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, his fiancé, who was obviously pregnant by this time. And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the village inn. That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep. suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terribly frightened, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news of great joy for everyone! The Savior — yes, the Messiah, the Lord — has been born tonight in Bethlehem, the city of David! And this is how you will recognize him: You will find a baby lying in a manger, wrapped snugly in strips of cloth!” Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others – the armies of heaven – praising God: “In the highest glory to God; on earth peace; among men good will.” When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, ‘Come on, let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this wonderful thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about. They ran to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. Then the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary quietly treasured these things in her heart and thought about them often. The shepherds went back to their fields and flocks, glorifying and praising God for what the angels had told them, and because they had seen the child, just as the angel had said.

Revelation 19: 4-7 Then the twenty-four elders and the four living beings fell down and worshiped God, who was sitting on the throne. They cried out, “Amen! Hallelujah!” And from the throne came a voice that said, “Praise our God, all his servants, from the least to the greatest, all who fear him.” Then I heard again what sounded like the shout of a huge crowd, or the roar of mighty ocean waves, or the crash of loud thunder: “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. Let us be glad and rejoice and honor him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself.

Revelation 21: 1-4 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a beautiful bride prepared for her husband. I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, the home of God is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will remove all of their sorrows, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. For the old world and its evils are gone forever.”

Hymn: TLH 84, st. 1-6: 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. 


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