The Worship Quote of the Week for (12/23/1997):

"Exult, O Morning Stars Aflame!"
Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is a Christmas poem by Timothy Dudley-Smith, a retired
bishop in the Church of England. Try to read it out loud. Better yet, put it
to music.


Exult, O morning stars aflame!
with all the works of God proclaim
the Child of Bethlehem who came
for love and love alone.

Come earth and air and sky and sea,
bear witness to his deity
who lived, the Man of Galilee,
for love and love alone.

By faith behold the Crucified,
his arms of mercy open wide,
the Lamb of Calvary, who died
for love and love alone.

Let every eye his glories see,
who was, and is, and is to be;
who reigns as Christ in Majesty
for love and love alone.

* (pause)

O world, by strife and sorrow torn,
new hope is yours on Christmas morn,
the Prince of Peace a child is born,
for love and love alone.

-Timothy Dudley-Smith, from GREAT IS THE GLORY: 36 New Hymns written between
1993 & 1996, Hope Publishing Company, 1997. [Highly recommended]

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In this wonderful collection of hymn texts, the poet writes these notes: "An
invocation to the morning stars appears in verse 2 of Phillips Brooks' 'O
Little Town of Bethlehem.' The reference comes from Job 38:7 which tells of
how when the Lord laid the foundations of the earth 'the morning stars sang
together and all the Sons of God shouted for joy.' The text is based on five
titles of the Lord Jesus Christ: which are emphasized by the use of capital
letters: the Child of Bethlehem, the Man of Galilee, the Lamb of Calvary, the
Christ in Majesty, and the Prince of Peace."

Merry Christmas to you all.
O come, let us adore him!

Chip Stam