Altamont Reformed Church

December 19, 2021

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Sermon by Rev. Matthew J. van Maastricht
Scripture Text: John 1:1-18

Choir Anthem: "In the Bleak Midwinter"

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan.
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone.
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long time ago.

Angels and archangels o’er the stable there,
cherubim and seraphim gathered in the air;
but his mother only, in her maiden bliss,
worshiped the beloved, worshiped with a kiss.

O what can I give him, poor though as I am?
if I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
if I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
what I can I give him: give him my heart.

Choir Anthem: "Carol of Joy"

Green leaves all fallen, withered and dry; brief sunset fading, dim winter sky; lengthening shadows, dark closing in; then, through the stillness, carols begin!

O fallen world, to you is the song! Death holds you fast, and night tarries long. Jesus is born, your curse to destroy; sweet to your ears, a carol of joy!

Pale moon ascending, solemn and slow; cold barren hillside, shrouded in snow. Deep valley, veiled by the night; hear angel music, hopeful and bright!

Oh fearful world, to you is the song! Peace with your God, and pardon for wrong. Tidings for sinners, burdened and bound, carol of joy, a Savior is found!

Earth wrapped in sorrow, lift up your eyes! Thrill to the chorus filling the skies. Look up, sad-hearted! Witness God’s love; join in the carol swelling above!

Oh friendless world, to you is the song! All heaven’s joy to you may belong! You who are lonely, laden, forlorn:
Now unto you, a Savior is born!

Choir Anthem: "Calypso Allelu"

On a holy day in December many years ago, a little baby boy was born in a manger low.
Angels sang him serenades, they sang of peace and joy: all joined a hymn of praise to the baby boy.

Yes, they all sang alleluia, sang it out loud and clear, telling all the world that the holy baby boy was here.
Yes, they all sang alleluia, on that glorious morn, telling all the world that the Savior has been born.

Wisemen traveled from afar, they journeyed night and day, following a shining star to where the baby lay.
Shepherds came that holy day to see the baby boy, traveling from far away to bring him gifts of joy.