Phone: 701.636.5701
204 Caledonia Avenue East, Hillsboro, ND

Sr Pastor Joe Johnson 701.430.3787 
Ed Pastor Julie Johnson 701.799.5206

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Monday, December 25

Angels We Have Heard on High

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Pastor Julie Johnson

 

Angels we have heard on high,  

sweetly singing o’er the plains,

and the mountains in reply,  

echoing their joyous strains.  

Gloria in excelsis Deo;

gloria in excelsis Deo.

 

It is spine chilling to sing the refrain of this hymn in unison or harmony with others – whether it be a handful of singers or a sanctuary full of a couple hundred people. Singing out “Gloria in excelsis deo” with full voices. “Gloria in excelsis deo” means “glory to God in the highest”. It’s so much fun to fill our lungs and sing toward the heavens and to sing out across the North Dakota plains.

Choirs of angels sang with full voices of God’s glory to some shepherds near Bethlehem. And I imagine that we join the angelic voices when we sing “gloria in excelsis deo.” We too are God’s messengers singing and proclaiming God’s glory. The Messiah is born – gloria! God is faithful – gloria! Christ is born – gloria! Jesus is here -- gloria! God is among us -- gloria! God is with us, always – gloria!

Sing it out to all to hear. Sing it out to all the nations of the world. Not only sing it out, but live it. Live in the glory of God’s faithfulness and love and mercy. Show the world God’s faithfulness and love and mercy through your lives. GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST!!

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