Christ, by highest heav’n adored, Christ, the everlasting Lord:

Late in time behold Him come, Offspring of a virgin’s womb

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, Hail th’ incarnate Deity!

Pleased as man with me to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel.

Ever taken a close look at some of the subsequent verses in favorite “Christmas” hymns?  Some of the “meatiest” meals in Christian songdom are Christmas-related.

No more let sins and sorrows grow, Nor thorns infest the ground;

He comes to make His blessings flow

Far as the curse is found, Far as the curse is found,

Far as, far as the curse is found.

Unfortunately, in your average calendar-driven IC, they’re relegated to once-a-year review.

Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning,

Jesus, to Thee be all glory giv’n,

Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing:

O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him, Christ, the Lord.

Not so in a simple church context.  We sing them upon request, which is why we celebrated “Christmas in August” this week.  Way cool!:

Come, Desire of nations, come! Fix in us Thy humble home.

Rise, the woman’s conquer’ing seed, Bruise in us the serpent’s head.

Adam’s likeness now efface, Stamp Thine image in its place:

Second Adam from above, Reinstate us in Thy love.

Merry ChristaAugmas!