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CHRISTMAS EVE: SING TO THE LORD A NEW SONG

SCRIPTURE READING

Sermon Text: Matthew 1:18-25
Devotional Reading: Psalm 96:1-2, 10-13 (below)

O sing to the Lord a new song;
   sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
   tell of his salvation from day to day.
Say among the nations, "The Lord is King!
   The world is firmly established; it shall never be moved.
   He will judge the peoples with equity."
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
   let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
   let the field exult, and everything in it.
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
   before the Lord; for he is coming,
   for he is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
   and the peoples with his truth.

REFLECTION

The reading for Christmas Eve begins with an invitation to "sing to the Lord a new song." It seems that music always accompanies the coming of the kingdom. At Jesus' birth (the inauguration of the kingdom) the angels sang: "G…

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