The Worship Quote of the Week for (12/22/2009):

"Exult, O Morning Stars Aflame"
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Do you keep an eye out for new texts for Advent and Christmas worship? Those of you who have been reading the WORSHIP QUOTE for any length of time know that I am a friend and fan of British hymn writer, Timothy Dudley-Smith, a retired bishop in the Church of England and John Stott’s biographer. Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE is one of his beautiful Christmas texts. Try reading it out loud.


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, © 1997 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

For permission to copy or use this hymn, please contact:
Hope Publishing Company, 380 S. Main Place, Carol Stream, IL 60188
1-800-323-1049, Fax: (630) 665-3200

[The poet writes these notes about today’s poem: “An invocation to the morning stars appears in verse 2 of Phillips Brooks’s “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.]

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

============================================ (“O Come, O Come, Immanuel”) ("Thou Who Wast Rich") (C. S. Lewis) (Dudley-Smith) (Ambrose and Luther) (Dutch Carol) (Ulrich Shaffer) ("The Gift of Gifts") ("Of the Father's Love Begotten") ("Joy Has Dawned") (Spurgeon) (Augustine and Lewis) (Thomas à Kempis) (Clarkson, Communion Hymn) (Wise Men and Worship)


Dear Praying Friends,

More detailed journal entries and new photos about my cancer journey are available at (click on "journal" or "photos").

Things continue to change rapidly in terms of the plan for my treatment. Last Thursday was surgery to insert the new double power port in my chest. Yesterday I was at the Cancer Center for almost eight hours. This morning, December 22, is an operation to insert an Ommaya Reservoir under the skin on the top of my head. This will allow the doctors to target the chemo drugs to my central nervous system.

Please pray that they will find a perfect match for the stem cell transplant.

Thanks for your concern and prayers.

"Let every heart prepare Him room."
In His perfect care,

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Ministries
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky

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