Bringing good news

We usually associate Messiah with Christmas, but Handel intended it to be performed at Easter.

Luke chapter 2, New Living Translation 

 

The Shepherds and Angels

 
That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep.
 
Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them.
 
shepherds raising arms to the sky
Shepherds drawing by Bill Hart
 
 
“Don’t be afraid!” he said.                                         
“I bring you good news that will bring    
great joy to all people.”
 
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

The artist- Bill Hart 

The late Bill Hart was a professional artist. He served in the United States Army during World War II and was part of the force which invaded  and liberated  France in 1944. You can read Bill’s story at this link. 

 
 
 
 
 

The composer- George Handel 

These verses from the Bible book Luke  are sung in Handel’s musical  Messiah musical. We usually associate  Messiah with Christmas, but Handel intended it to be performed at Easter.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 “Handel got the lyrics from a preacher named Charles Jennens, who wrote out the whole piece as a collage of Bible verses designed to tell a story about the Messiah.”
 
quoted from wheatwilliams.com
 
According to the Bible, Luke was a physician. George Handel’s father, Georg, was a barber-surgeon.

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Weekend Words from Hebrews

a plea for hospitality and care for the suffering #Hebrews#prisoners#TimChester

Hebrews 13:1-3 ,ERV

Worship That Pleases God

Continue loving each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. 
Always remember to help people by welcoming them into your home. Some people have done that and have helped angels without knowing it. 
Don’t forget those who are in prison. Remember them as though you were in prison with them.
And don’t forget those who are suffering. Remember them as though you were suffering with them.

quote from Tim Chester
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Dr Tim Chester is a pastor of Grace Church Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire; a faculty member of Crosslands; and author of over 40 books.

 

 

 

 

Weekend words is a regular feature of watercress words. At the end of the work week we share  words of faith, hope and love from the Bible and other carefully selected writings.

 

 

 

Weekend Words from Hebrews

a plea for hospitality and care for the suffering #Hebrews#prisoners#TimChester

Hebrews 13:1-3 ,ERV

Worship That Pleases God

Continue loving each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. 
Always remember to help people by welcoming them into your home. Some people have done that and have helped angels without knowing it. 
Don’t forget those who are in prison. Remember them as though you were in prison with them.
And don’t forget those who are suffering. Remember them as though you were suffering with them.

quote from Tim Chester
graphic created and offered by Lightstock.com, stock photo site

 

Dr Tim Chester is a pastor of Grace Church Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire; a faculty member of Crosslands; and author of over 40 books.

 

 

 

 

Weekend words is a regular feature of watercress words. At the end of the work week we share  words of faith, hope and love from the Bible and other carefully selected writings.