Hark! The herald angels sing

“Glory to the newborn King!

Peace on earth and mercy mild

God and sinners reconciled”

Joyful, all ye nations rise

Join the triumph of the skies

With the angelic host proclaim:

“Christ is born in Bethlehem”

Hark! The herald angels sing

“Glory to the newborn King!”

Christ by highest heav’n adored

Christ the everlasting Lord!

Late in time behold Him come

Offspring of a Virgin’s womb

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see

Hail the incarnate Deity

Pleased as man with man to dwell

Jesus, our Emmanuel

Hark! The herald angels sing

“Glory to the newborn King!”

Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!

Hail the Son of Righteousness!

Light and life to all He brings

Ris’n with healing in His wings

Mild He lays His glory by

Born that man no more may die

Born to raise the sons of earth

Born to give them second birth

Hark! The herald angels sing

“Glory to the newborn King!”

 

Charles Wesley’s words from 1739, modified by his co-worker, George Whitfield, set to Felix Mendelssohn’s music a century later, have formed one of the most iconic of our Christmas carols:

“Hark! The herald angels sing”

But, it is Wesley’s theology that really sings out of this hymn. Almost every line deserves a sermon as its derivation from multiple areas of scripture is recognised.

This is why we set the Carol as our Advent theme for 2017, choosing seven sections of the Bible to expand just seven lines from the hymn. You might want to look for other scriptural links for other lines, but here are the choices we made this year, with links to a Bible reading, so that anyone can reflect on it for themselves. (We’ve chosen the New Living Translation as its language isn’t always as we might remember it – so it should help with the pondering as we each consider the passages) Some of the chosen texts are more obvious, some less so, hopefully they’re all helpful.

(You should be able to pick up the sermons for each of the following as they happen, some in All Age contexts, some for guests and some for adult church members, but we record them all for our sermon pages so we will also place their links into each section of this blog too)

 

God and sinners reconciled

2 Corinthians 5:17-21

"God and sinners reconciled" 3 December 2017

Christ the everlasting Lord

Christ the everlasting Lord

Isaiah 40:28-31

"Christ the everlasting Lord" 10 December 2017

Born to give them second birth

John 3:1-15

"Born to give them second birth" 17 December 2017 (AM)

“Hark! the herald angels sing” ( Video of the whole evening of Carols with the sermon near the end is here)

Sermon from our Carols by Candlight evening summing up this Carol

"Hark! The herald angels sing" 17 December 2017 Evening Carols by Candlelight service

Mild he lays his glory by

John 17:1-5

"Mild he lays his glory by" Sunday Morning 24 December 2017

Christ is born in Bethlehem

Luke 2:8-20

"Christ is born in Bethlehem" - Midnight Christmas Eve 24 December 2017

Born that man no more may die

Matthew 1:18-25

"Born that man no more may die" - Christmas Morning All Age Service 25 December 2017