Repeat the Sounding Joy: Loving Joy

Dear friends,

Most of us at one time or another in our lives have experienced music that so deeply resonates in our soul we can’t help but join in. Music can move us to a deeper experience of our faith and to greater heights of joy.

This Sunday in Sanctuary worship we will continue our Joy to the World Advent Worship series with what we at First Church like to call our “Big Music Sunday” of Advent, along with a focus on the power of love to bring us together.

The reverberating phrase in this classic Christmas hymn, “repeat the sounding joy,” urges us to repeat the sounding joy of the good news of love, lifting our voices joyfully and confidently together. Both the hymn and our scripture reading from Isaiah offer us a vision of “Loving Joy” that brings us together, regardless of our differences. Here is Isaiah’s vision:

The wolf shall live with the lamb,
the leopard shall lie down with the kid,
the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
and a little child shall lead them.

The cow and the bear shall graze,
their young shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp,
and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den.

They will not hurt or destroy
on all my holy mountain;
for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.

When we as followers of Jesus “repeat the sounding joy” of the good news of Christmas — the coming of Jesus into the world and into our hearts — we can find within ourselves a radical love that brings forth a chorus of wellbeing to the world. Even when we find ourselves at opposite ends of an issue, an idea, or a way of being, this is the love that transforms us and makes us whole with a reverberating sense of joy that others can’t help but join in.

I look forward to seeing you this Sunday in the Sanctuary where we will “repeat the sounding Joy together” in a morning filled with beautiful music and our Choral Union’s performance of Dan Forrest’s Jubilate Deo.

Grace and Peace,

Dr. Tim Bruster
Senior Pastor

 

Isaiah 11:1-10

A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch shall grow out of his roots.
The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.

He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide by what his ears hear;
but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist,
and faithfulness the belt around his loins.

The wolf shall live with the lamb,
the leopard shall lie down with the kid,
the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
and a little child shall lead them.
The cow and the bear shall graze,
their young shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp,
and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den.
They will not hurt or destroy
on all my holy mountain;
for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.

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