Monday, December 8, 2014

Day 9: "Angels from the Realms of Glory"

   This song takes us back to where it all began-literally, the first verse mentions the wonder of the creation of the world. Angels, shepherds, wise men, even a nod to Anna and Simeon (Did you catch that in fourth verse?) it seems the gang is all here! Besides a specific reference to Mary and Joseph, James Montgomery was very thorough. No matter the status, though, the refrain (literally and figuratively) is always the same, as it is for us: "Come and worship!"

Lyrics: "Angels from the Realms of Glory"

The Baptist Hymnal (1991): #94 (This version only has the first four verses, the original version, linked above has SEVEN!)

Questions for thought and discussion:
1. Angels are often thought of as being pretty and feminine. Do you think that is the image presented in these verses (note the mentions of wind and fire)? Why or why not?

2. Angels are often presented in the Christmas story as exceptionally prominent. However, they are really servants of God, and they are only a glimpse of His glory. If they are completely awe-inspiring (Everyone was clearly afraid of them!) can you begin to imagine how truly *awesome* God is? Contemplate that for a while-let it give you chills. Can you worship the way the angels do?

Looking for the rest of the printable? It's here.

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