September 1993

RW 29
Advent/Christmas
Reformed Worship issue cover

Articles in this issue:

  • Hymn of the Month

    DECEMBER

    Child So Lovely/ Nino Lindo

    One of the most pervasive Christmas folk traditions is the singing of lullabies. The Austrian "Silent Night" the Polish "Infant Holy" and the North American 'Away in a Manger" are some common examples of Christmas carols that often function as lullabies in Christmas season tableaux, church school programs, and carol services.

  • Fourth Sunday of Advent

    2 Samuel 7:1-11; 16

    This lection is directly tied to the gospel for the day (Luke 1:26-38). But apart from that, this message from God to David marks a turning point in the history of God's people.

  • SERVICE FOR CHRISTMAS DAY

    Prelude

    Greeting

    Greetings, favored ones, the Lord is with you.

    His name is Immanuel, God with us.

    Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!

    Hymn: "O Come, All Ye Faithful"
    [PsH 340, PH 41-42, RL 195, TH 208]

    Scripture Reading: Luke 2:1-7

  • Give or take a year, 1884 was the year Clarence Wexler founded the town that bears his name. He drifted west from Paterson, New Jersey, prospecting not for gold but for coal. Coal mines were as good as gold when they were close enough to the Boston/New York/Trenton furnaces to connect by rail, and far enough west to ensure cheap labor. So it was that Clarence Wexler settled in mid-Appalachia to begin his dig.

  • Roger E. Van Harn. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1992.162 pages. $14.95 (hardcover).

    The sermon is a most amazing and curious entity says author Van Harn, one that preachers and laypeople alike tend to have strong ideas about. But many of our perceptions of the sermon are unbib-lical and off target.