Sunday, 17 December 2017

Pause in Advent 3

We are on a hunt for a Christmas tree, all the outlets near us are too expensive ! Anyone paying £55-80 for a tree must be a lot better off than we are ! We don't put the tree up until Christmas Eve and have often had luck with getting a discount at the last minute but had heard that this year there were fewer trees around. Sure enough yesterday we had no luck with our search, so it's off to the Forestry Commission today singing this hymn today, written by Isaac Watts back in the 18th century, it points to the fact that Advent is not just about looking forward to Christmas but also to the times that Revelation speaks of ! We sang this in school and I especially liked the line about "The prisoner leaps to lose his chains".

Enjoy your Sunday !

1. Jesus shall reign where e'er the sun
Doth his successive journeys run;
His kingdom stretch from shore to shore,
Till moons shall wax and wane no more.

2. To him shall endless prayer be made,
And praises throng to crown his head;
His Name like sweet perfume shall rise
With every morning sacrifice.

3. People and realms of every tongue
Dwell on his love with sweetest song;
And infant voices shall proclaim
Their early blessings on his Name.

4. Blessings abound where e'er he reigns:
The prisoner leaps to lose his chains,
The weary find eternal rest,
And all the sons of want are blest.

5. Let every creature rise and bring
Peculiar honors to our King;
Angels descend with songs again,
And earth repeat the loud Amen.


  1. Haha, I remember singing this at junior school and wondering what kind of 'peculiar' honours the king received. Why didn't they just give him normal ones!
    £80 for a tree - Phew! I couldn't bring myself to spend that even if I could afford to!

  2. What a great memory ! Yes, you're right about the trip, in the end we got one for 1/4 of the price much more reasonable and it came with a sapling for planting so eventually you can grow your own !

  3. Lovely. Haven't heard that hymn for decades..