Preparing for Worship - December 31, 2017

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Join us this Sunday as we enter the new year by continuing in our sermon series on Exodus. This week we look at the preparation of a redeemer - the origins story of the hero Moses found in Exodus 2. Here are the songs we'll sing together.

1. JOY TO THE WORLD

Style: We will play the original version of this song. It is up-tempo, peppy, and joyful.

Song Info: This song was penned by Isaac Watts in 1719 and appeared in his collection The Psalms of David. This valuable volume was Watts' attempt to set the Psalms to rhyme and meter while at the same time Christianizing the language of the Psalms. This particular tune is based on Psalm 98:4-9. Psalm 98 is a hymn of thanksgiving to the God who comes to judge the earth. According to this Psalm, God has made his salvation known among the nations and all of creation is to praise him for it. This is what we sing in Joy to the World.

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2. ALL GLORY BE TO CHRIST

Style: This is a newer song played to the tune of Auld Lang Syne. You will recognize the melody, though the chords are a bit different. The song has a lot of energy but it is played at a slower tempo. It has something of an indie-rock feel.

Song Info: Played to the tune of Auld Lang Syne, this song was arranged by Kings Kaleidoscope and lyrics written by Dustin Kensrue. Kensrue is responsible for writing many excellent contemporary hymns and worship songs that we play at Faith. Auld Lang Syne is traditionally sung around the New Year because it is a song of farewell. It bids adieu to the old year in order to welcome the new. Lyrically, this version of the song is about giving all glory to Christ, which is an appropriate parallel. If we've accomplished anything good in the past year, let's use this opportunity to give glory to Christ and thank him for establishing the work of our hands.

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3. ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH

Style: We will sing the traditional version of this hymn. It will be more up-tempo with a spirit of celebration.

Song Info: This song works well as a "sending song" because of its celebratory feel. "Gloria in excelsis Deo" is Latin for "Glory to God in the Highest". It is a hymn of praise and rejoicing sung in response to the wonderful grace of God that we have found in Christ Jesus. The melody is a traditional french melody but our modern arrangement was put together by Edward Barnes in 1937.

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4. LET ALL MORTAL FLESH KEEP SILENCE

Style: We will play the traditional version of this hymn. It is a slow tempo.

Song Info: This hymn, in one way or another, dates back to the fifth century. It is one of the oldest surviving Christian hymns, possibly dating even earlier to AD 275. It was originally written in Greek to be a eucharistic hymn. Though it has come to be recognized as a Christmas song, it's true emphasis is on the Lord's Supper. That's why we'll sing it on Sunday before celebrating the sacrament. We will also likely sing it at other times of the year, as well.

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5. O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL

Style: We will be singing the traditional version of this hymn, though perhaps at a more up-tempo pace than you may have heard in the past.

Song Info: This song works well as a Call To Worship during the advent season because it is announcing that the advent of the kingdom of God has come and calling all of those who have been faithfully waiting for it to come and witness what God has done. The writing of the lyrics are attributed to John Francis Wade in 1751. This hymn was originally sung in Latin.

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See you Sunday!