The birth of a certain child two thousand years ago in Bethelem prompted a poet in the nineteenth centruy to ask a very uncommon question in a hymn: "What Child is This?" It was an uncommon question because it asked about the birth of a very uncommon child.
What Child is This? " The angel who announced this chlid's birth on Christmas Eve answered the question this way: "a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." The hymn writer answered it this way: "This, this is Christ the king." They both want to make known the identity of this child.
The goal of this series is to set before the hearer the unmatched blessing of the Lords incarnation. Our hymn helps us in this regard by making connections that we might not otherwise make. The sermon series draws upon the themes of Holy Scripture and teaches us to appreciate the full range of blessings that are ours through faith in the child who is God from before the foundations of the world, and who was born of the Virgin Mary. Confronted and comforted by this reality, with penitent and hope-filled hearts, we join to sing; "Haste, haste to bring Him laud," "Hail, hail the Word made flesh,' and "Joy, joy for Christ is born, The babe, the son of Mary!''
Midweek of Advent 1, December 5 (12:15pm and 7:00pm - "The Child Who Is Zechariah's Hope"
Midweek of Advent 2, December 12 (12:15pm and 7:00pm) - "The Child Who is a Virgin's Great Son"
Midweek of Advent 3, December 19 (12:15pm and 7:00pm) - "The Child Who is John's Joy"
Christmas Eve, December 24 (5pm & 7pm) - "The Child Who is the Lord"