Sunday’s Hymn

We sang a song this past Lord’s Day that I had never sung before (a rarity, if it’s coming out of the hymnal; and even more rare since it was an Advent song). One of the aspects to this hymn that I found a rare treat is all the references to the physical places in which Jesus lived and moved. To me, this was a poignant reminder that God came in the flesh and dwelt among men in literal, physical places. This is the Incarnation. He is Immanuel – God with us.

O, Sing a Song of Bethlehem

by Louis F. Benson
music, English melody, arranged by Ralph Vaughn Williams

O sing a song of Bethlehem, of shepherds watching there,
And of the news that came to them from angels in the air.
The light that shone on Bethlehem fills all the world today;
Of Jesus’ birth and peace on earth the angels sing alway.

O sing a song of Nazareth, of sunny days of joy;
O sing of fragrant flowers’ breath, and of the sinless Boy.
For now the flowers of Nazareth in every heart may grow;
Now spreads the fame of His dear Name on all the winds that blow.

O sing a song of Galilee, of lake and woods and hill,
Of Him Who walked upon the sea and bade the waves be still.
For though like waves on Galilee, dark seas of trouble roll,
When faith has heard the Master’s Word, falls peace upon the soul.

O sing a song of Calvary, its glory and dismay,
Of Him Who hung upon the tree, and took our sins away.
For He Who died on Calvary is risen from the grave,
And Christ, our Lord, by Heaven adored, is mighty now to save.

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