A most blessed Christmas to you from your friends at KHCB
Five Days of Christmas – Dec 21st – 25th
A KHCB Christmas tradition continues as all programming is preempted and Christmas music is played continuously. Starting Sunday the 21st until midnight CST on December 26th, you will be able to hear your favorite Christmas hymns and carols. Several short devotional thoughts about the true meaning of Christmas will be presented every hour by various pastors and programmers. This special programming will be heard live on the internet at www.khcb.org or download KHCB’s free phone application. It is available for smart phones and you can download it from the App stores or use the link on KHCB’s website.
May the music be a blessing to you and please tell a friend to listen to KHCB as we celebrate Jesus’ birth!
Please pray that many will hear the true message of Christmas.
"Keeping the Hymns Close By"
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
– Edward Sears, 1810-1876
– Richard S. Willis, 1819-1900
And suddenly there was with the angel, a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:13, 14
No Christmas season would be complete without the singing of this beloved carol hymn. Since the text was first published in 1849, scarcely a hymnal has been printed in which it is not included. It was one of the first carol hymns ever written by an American writer.
After graduating from Harvard Divinity School, Edmund Sears spent most of his life in small pastorates in the eastern United States. Sears said, “I believe and preach the Divinity of Christ.” The writing of this text occurred at a time in American history when there was much unrest.
The peace of Christmas, proclaimed by the heavenly chorus, is one of God’s greatest gifts to mankind. ”God was reconciling the world to Himself” (2 Cor. 5:19). This message of reconciliation involves us on three different levels: peace with God, peace with others, and peace within ourselves. It is this blessed concept that Edmund Sears wanted to emphasize in his unusual carol.
The tune for this hymn, “Carol”, was contributed by a rather well-known American musician of the nineteenth century, Richard Storrs Willis. Part of Willis’s musical training included six years of study in Germany, where he became an intimate friend of Felix Mendelssohn, who was greatly interested in the young American’s compositions. “Carol” has proved to be a worthy melodic vehicle for Edmund Sears’s text as generations around the world continue to sing and enjoy this carol each Christmas season.
O Little Town Of Bethlehem
– Phillips Brooks, 1835-1893
– Lewis H. Redner, 1831- 1908
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem… Luke 2:4
This beloved Christmas carol is from the pen of one of America’s outstanding preachers of the past century, Phillips Brooks. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1835. After graduation from Harvard and the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia in 1859, he began a long and distinguished career in the ministry, serving as pastor in Philadelphia from 1859-69 and at the Trinity Church in Boston from 1869-91.
“O Little Town of Bethlehem” was written in 1868, several years after Brooks had returned from a trip to the Holy Land. The experience of spending Christmas Eve in Bethlehem and worshipping in the Church of the Nativity, thought to be the place of Christ’s birth, made an indelible impression upon the young preacher. Three years later, while pastor at the Holy Trinity Church in Philadelphia, he was searching for a new carol for his children to sing in their Sunday School Christmas program. The still vivid memory of his Holy Land visit inspired Brooks, and he compiled the writing of the text in one evening.
Brooks gave a copy of the newly written carol to his organist and Sunday school superintendent, Lewis H. Redner, asking him to compose a simple melody that the children could sing easily. The carol was an immediate favorite with the children, as it has been with children and adults around the world to the present time. Although Brooks wrote a number of other Christmas and Easter carols especially for children, this is the only one to survive the test of time.
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