368. O little town of Bethlehem

Author: Phillips Brooks 1835-93

O little town of Bethlehem,
how still we see you lie!
Above your deep and dreamless sleep
the silent stars go by:
yet in your streets is shining
the everlasting light;
the hopes and fears of all the years
are met in you tonight.

2. For Christ is born of Mary
and, gathered all above
while mortals sleep, the angels keep
their watch of wondering love.
O morning stars, together
proclaim the holy birth,
and praises sing to God the King
and peace to all the earth.

3. How silently, how silently,
the wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
the blessings of his heaven:
no ear may hear his coming,
but in this world of sin,
where meek souls will receive him, still
the dear Christ enters in.

4. O holy Child of Bethlehem,
descend to us, we pray;
cast out our sin and enter in,
be born in us today!
We hear the Christmas angels
the great glad tidings tell-
O come to us, abide with us,
our Lord Immanuel.

Scriptures: Luke 2:6-7, Galatians 1:4, 2 Corinthians 9:15, Matthew 1:21-23, Ephesians 1:3, Job 38:7, Micah 5:2, Luke 2:13-14, Ephesians 3:17, John 1:12, Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 5:5, Acts 4:27, Luke 1:35, 2 Kings 7:9, Galatians 4:4, 2 Chronicles 32:22-23, Psalms 47:6, Isaiah 1:4, Isaiah 60:19-20, Matthew 2:1-6, Luke 24:29, John 15:4-5, Galatians 4:19