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COLUMNS: Hope in the Heartland

Gracepoint Church, Peabody

These announcements appeared in church bulletins: “At the evening service, the sermon topic will be ‘What is Hell?’ Come early and listen to our choir practice.

“The senior choir invites any member of the congregation who enjoys sinning to join the choir.”

I sure hope that last one was a typo!

An angelic choir announced the Lord’s birth. Luke 2:13 actually says that the angels were “saying” not “singing.” It’s a word that describes how something is communicated, but can also emphasize the substance of what is being communicated. It’s as if the angels said, “We’ve got something wonderful to announce!”

The announcement started (in Luke 2:10) as a solo. Then the heavenly choir appeared.

Solo: “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

(Enter angelic choir): “Glory to God in the highest. And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”

What a performance!

Last modified Dec. 22, 2011

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