“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6.
When I read the above words of scripture, I frequently recall the music George F. Handel composed for his oratorio, Messiah. Isaiah continued his prophecy with these words: “And He is named Wonderful Counselor, Might God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Throughout the Bible, Jesus has many names. Naida Hearn wrote the following lyrics:
Jesus, name above all names,
Beautiful Savior, glorious Lord.
Emmanuel, God is with us.
Blessed Redeemer, Living Word.
Our name tells a lot about ourselves. For some, it denotes our national heritage or family lineage; for others it may contain the hopes and dreams our parents had for us when we were born. The Apostle Paul wrote to the believers at Philippi these words; “God exalted Jesus and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend,…and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
We have opportunities this Christmas season to “bend our knees and confess with our tongues” that Emmanuel “God with Us” – Jesus Christ – is Lord. Plan to join us for the following services as we proclaim the glorious news of Christ’s birth:
Sunday, December 18 11:00 a.m. Fourth Sunday of Advent Worship
Saturday, December 24 7:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Worship of Carols and Candles in the Sanctuary.
Sunday, December 25 11:00 a.m. Christmas Day Worship in the Parlor.
If you would like to give a special gift to the church in honor of Christ’s birth, please mail it to the church office (493 Main Street, Malden, Massachusetts 02148-5107) or place it in the offering plate during one of the above services.
Merry Christmas! May Christ be born again in each of your hearts this Christmas season.
Rev. Martha A. Dominy