Fling Wide the Door (ELW 259)
1 Fling wide the door, unbar the gate;
the King of glory comes in state;
the Lord of lords and King of kings,
the Savior of the world who brings
his great salvation to the earth.
So raise a shout of holy mirth
and praise our God and Lord,
Creator, Spirit, Word.
2 He is the rock of our belief,
the heart of mercy’s gentle self.
His kingly crown is holiness;
his scepter is his loveliness;
he brings our sorrows to an end.
Now gladly praise our king and friend,
and worship him with song
for saving us from wrong.
3 Oh, happy towns and blessed lands
that live by their true king’s commands.
And blessed be the hearts he rules,
the humble places where he dwells.
He is the rightful Son of bliss
who fills our lives and makes us his,
creator of the world,
our only strength for good.
4 Come, Lord, our Savior, Jesus Christ;
our hearts are open wide in trust.
Oh, show us now your lovely grace,
upon our sorrows shine your face,
and let your Holy Spirit guide
our journey in your grace so wide.
We praise your holy name,
from age to age the same!
Text: Georg Weissel, 1590-1635; tr. Gracia Grindal, b. 1943
Text © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship, admin. Augsburg Fortress.
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God has chosen to engage and work with imperfect and average people to do new things in history. This is what Christmas is all about. Jesus was not born to perfect parents. Nor was he born in a vacuum. The message of his birth came through angelic phenomenon in the sky to the shepherds who then spread the word among their friends and neighbors. In other words, we are involved in God’s incarnate presence on earth. God is out and about, moving among us right this very minute. God is flinging open the doors of a new future for us. Will we step in? But this new thing is not just for humanity. It is for the trees and birds and fish and seas, too. Christmas is not just for humans. It is the breaking in of God’s new thing for all of creation.
Dear Lord, help us to change the way we live in America. Help us pivot away from the way we burn Earth’s fossil fuels, consume too much, and take up space that we don’t really need. Help us to see that your incarnation in Jesus Christ is not just for us, but for all of your beloved earthly creatures. In your Holy Spirit we pray, Amen.