Happy New Year! Yeah, yeah . . . I know. It’s only December 3rd. However, throughout church history the 1st Sunday in Advent marked the beginning of the Church year as we celebrate the entrance of Jesus into our lives. During this Advent season we at Crosspointe Lutheran Church are providing you with another opportunity to focus on Christ’s coming with some audio devotions which will be posted periodically throughout December. Each devotion is based upon an Advent hymn. So take out your hymnal and follow along with the words of each hymn. If you don’t have a hymnal you can follow along with the words printed here. Our first hymn is “On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry” from Lutheran Service Book #344. Our desire is to provide these devotions as another way to meditate on God’s Word for your life, get more familiarized with our hymns, and hope it can be a blessing to others. Also, come join us on Sunday mornings for worship at 10:30 am as we will be meditating on theme “Presents of the Lord’s Presence.” We will look at each gift presented by the wise men and see how each one symbolized the Person & Work of Jesus. Oh, by the way . . . Happy New Year! again.
"On Jordan's Bank the Baptist Cry" #344
vs. 1: On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry
Announces that the Lord is nigh;
Awake and hearken, for he brings
Glad tidings of the King of kings!
vs. 2: Then cleansed be ev’ry life from sin;
Make straight the way for God within,
And let us all our hearts prepare
For Christ to come and enter there.
vs. 3: We hail Thee as our Savior, Lord,
Our refuge and our great reward;
Without Thy grace we waste away
Like flow’rs that wither and decay.
vs. 4: Lay on the sick Thy healing hand
And make the fallen strong to stand;
Show us the glory of Thy face
Till beauty springs in ev’ry place.
vs. 5: All praise, eternal Son, to Thee
Whose advent sets Thy people free,
Whom with the Father we adore
And Holy Spirit evermore.Text: Charles Coffin, 1676-1749; tr. composite. Tune: adapt. Michael Praetorius, 1571-1621. Text and music: Public domain.