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The Sunday Bulletin

The Sunday Bulletin

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The Sunday Bulletin for the New Testament Baptist Church of Butler, Pennsylvania, for Sunday, December 15, 2013
The Sunday Bulletin for the New Testament Baptist Church of Butler, Pennsylvania, for Sunday, December 15, 2013

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2013
The
Sunday Bulletin
 THE NEW TESTAMENT BAPTIST CHURCH OF BUTLER, PENNSYLVANIA
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2013 10 AM
Sunday School 11 AM
Morning Service
THE STORY BEHIND “HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING”
 
“Hark! the Herald Angels Sing” 
 is one of the more than 6,500 hymns from the pen of Charles Wesley. It  was probably written a year after he accepted Christ as Saviour in 1738. The text first appeared in
 Hymns and Sacred Poems
 (1739). The first stanza began with the words,
“Hark, how all the welkin rings, Glory to the King of Kings!”
 Welkin is an older and less used word than means heavens, or sky. The text was altered
to its present form in George Whitefield’s
Collection of 1753.
Like so many of Wesley’s hymns, this text is really a condensed course in
Biblical doctrine in poetic form. Following the re-telling of the angelic visit to the shepherds in the initial stanza, the succeeding verses teach spiritual
truths like the virgin birth, Christ’s deity, the new birth, and a concern for consecrated living. Wesley’s hymns were composed in order that people
 would sing their way, not only into the experience, but also into knowledge of Him. The
“Mendelssohn” 
 tune was contributed by master composer, Felix Mendelssohn. The
“Mendelssohn” 
 tune was adapted from his
 Festgesang,
 Opus 68, composed in 1840. Mendelssohn wrote it to commemorate the 400
th
 anniversary of the invention of printing. The setting of this music to
“Hark! the  Herald Angels Sing”
 was applied by William H. Cummings, and first published in 1857.
 
Church Family Christmas Dinner  At the Atrium on Route 422
Sunday, December 22, 6 PM $18/adult $7/ child (10 yrs, or younger) $50/family rate
Register & pre-pay at the Welcome Center
First Time Visitors
Thank you for choosing to worship at the New Testament Baptist Church of Butler. Our prayer is that your heart will be stirred for the eternal as we sing songs & hymns that direct your heart toward Christ and challenge you through the preaching of
God’s Word.
 There are friendly people at our Welcome Center in the lobby who will gladly assist you with any questions  you may have during your visit. Allow us to make you feel at home during your visit. First-time adult visitors and families are asked to visit our Welcome Center to receive a hospitality bag with a gift card to Chick-fil-A.
Electronic Devices
Cellular devices and electronic devices should be turned off, or placed in vibrate mode. We would ask that parents do not allow their children to bring electronic video game systems with them to church.
 

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