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December 22 – Come And Worship (A Christmas Carol Advent)





This song based on the Hymn “Angels from the Realms of Glory” was written by Bebo Norman for his Christmas CD entitled Christmas…From The Realms of Glory. That CD was released in 2007.

Commentary & Analysis

This month, we have looked at Christmas from the standpoint of shepherds, wise men, Mary, and a spectator in Bethlehem, amongst others.  This song tells the story of Christmas from heaven’s perspective.  The first verse speaks to the angels from creation to proclaiming the Messiah’s birth.  The chorus is a call to the only rightful response to the coming Messiah – one of worship.  In the second verse, we see a heavenly view of the shepherds.  Rather than  focusing on the awe and wonder of the shepherds, this verse recounts what the shepherds were privileged to see – the very light of God come in infant form to live with his creation.  The final verse looks forward to Christ’s second coming when his work shall finally be completed and his eternal kingdom established.  This song places Christmas in its rightful position in God’s larger story from Genesis to Revelation.

Questions for further Reflection / Devotion

The following questions are meant for your reflection and or devotion.  Feel free to meditate on them, discuss them with your family or others or post your responses here.  I would love to hear from you.

  1. Christmas as well Christ’s death and resurrection were planned by God before he ever created the world.  If you have children, take some time to place Christmas in the larger story of God and his relationship with his creation this Christmas.
  2. Many people list Jesus as the person they would most like to spend a dinner with.  If you had the opportunity to walk and talk with Jesus, what would you ask him?
  3. This song speaks of watching in both hope and fear.  When you think of Jesus, do you feel both hope and fear?  Do you feel one more than the other?  Should you?
  4. As you celebrate the initial coming of Christ this Christmas, spend some time meditating on his second coming.
  5. What can you do on this Christmas to not just remember Christ and what he has done, but to worship him?


Angels from the realms of glory
Wing your flight o’er the earth.
Ye who sang creations story
Now proclaim Messiah’s birth.

Come and worship, come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ the newborn King.

Shepherds in the fields abiding
Watching o’er your flocks by night.
God with man is now residing
Yonder shines the infant light

Come and worship, come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ the newborn King.

Saints before the altar bending,
Watching long in hope and fear.
Suddenly the Lord descending
in His temple shall appear.

Come and worship, come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ the newborn King.

Return to a Christmas Carol Advent index page.