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He Came Down To Earth

Greetings, Trinitarians! 

Tonight at 5PM, we will have our Christmas Eve service, to include Lessons & Carols, Communion, and Candlelight at the end. We will also have a Christmas Morning Service tomorrow at 10AM.
As I write this note, I am listening to the annual broadcast of Lessons & Carols from King's College Cambridge, sung by their iconic Boy's Choir (you can listen by clicking here). As much as I enjoy the beauty of their musicianship, I am even more glad that we can worship in the same way at Trinity, gathering to hear the Word of God, to listen to beautiful musical offerings, and to sing together as we praise God for his goodness to us in Christ.

Every year, the Lessons and Carols service begins with the hymn, "Once in Royal David's City." It's a classic hymn that reflects on the incarnation of the Son of God, who emptied himself to be born of Mary. The second verse is as follows:

He came down to earth from heaven
Who is God and Lord of all
And his shelter was a stable
And his cradle was a stall;
With the poor and mean and lowly
Lived on earth our Saviour holy.

We observe the remarkable love of Christ, in that he came to earth from heaven, to give himself for us poor sinners, that we might become rich in him and receive his righteousness. "Though he was in the form of God, he did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men" (Philippians 2:6-7). If you'd like to read more about this hymn, I've written a more extended article which you can read here.

To those who are traveling, or are not able to join us in person, I send greetings from Trinity and blessings for a very merry Christmas. May the hope of the Christ-child fill your hearts with joy!

In Christ -