Sunday, January 04, 2009

Epiphany Sermon

The short story is that for today's sermon I developed a few tidbits for the congregation from Ace Collins book Stories Behind the Best Loved Songs of Christmas

The stories for today were about:
Go Tell It On The Mountain
We Three Kings
Hark The Herald Angels
The First Noel
Joy To The World
The Twelve Days of Christmas

The Conclusion of the service was to sing the Twelve Days of Christmas, but if I had really been on my game I would have had the benediction be the Apostle's Creed, which the twelfth day of the Twelve Days of Christmas reminds us of the twelve points of the Apostle's Creed. So here is the Apostle's Creed in all its glory.

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
    the Maker of heaven and earth,
    and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:

Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
    born of the virgin Mary,
    suffered under Pontius Pilate,
    was crucified, dead, and buried;

He descended into hell.

The third day He arose again from the dead;

He ascended into heaven,
    and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
    from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost;
    the holy catholic church;
    the communion of saints;
    the forgiveness of sins;
    the resurrection of the body;
    and the life everlasting.



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