New Series: The Scripture Songs of Christmas


The Adoration of the Magi by Filippino Lippi, 1496 (click to enlarge)

The Adoration of the Magi by Filippino Lippi, 1496 (click to enlarge)

This coming Lord’s Day, December 5 [2010], we will start a mini-series on the Scripture Songs of Christmas. I have included two from the Psalter, two from Luke’s Gospel, and one from Isaiah (which is really a poem, not a song). Three canticles (from Latin canticulum, “song”) are found in Luke, but I have previously preached on one of them last season: Mary’s Song, Magnificat.

You’re warmly invited to join us as we commemorate the birth of Jesus—the One who saves his people from sin—in song, Word and Sacrament, and prayer.

UPDATE: In 2011, our Advent series comes from Anselm’s Cur Deus Homo, “Why the God-Man?” Click here for details.


The Scripture Songs of Christmas

Date Song Sermon Texts
12/21/08 Mary’s Song Magnificat
“My Soul Does Magnify the Lord”
God Reverses the Standing of His People Luke 1:46-55; Readings: 1 Sam 1:1-20; 2:1-11; Luke 1:39-56
12/05/10 Zechariah’s Song
The Lord Visits His Covenant People Luke 1:67-79; OT: Isa 9:1-7; NT: Luke 1:57-80; John 1:1-16
12/12/10 The Shepherds’ Song
“While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks”
The Glory of the Lord Revealed Isaiah 40:5; Luke 2:13-14; John 1:14; Readings: Isa 40:1-18; Luke 2:8-20
12/19/10 Song of Israel
“O Come, O Come, Immanuel”
“She Gave Birth to A Male Child” Whom the Dragon Wanted to Devour Revelation 12:1-17; Readings: Psa 2:1-12, 105:42-45; Matt 2:1-12
12/23/10 Christmas Eve of Scriptures and Songs A Ruler and Shepherd Born in Bethlehem Micah 5:2-5; Readings: Psa 23:1-6; Matt 2:1-11
12/26/10 Simeon’s Song
Nunc Dimittis
The Benefits of Waiting for the Comforter Luke 2:29-32; Readings: Isa 42:6; 49:6; Luke 2:22-35)
01/02/11 “The Seasons are Fixed by Wisdom Divine” “God Made Everything Beautiful in Its Time” Ecclesiastes 3:1-15; NT: Eph 1:3-10
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