Joy to the World
A Children’s Christmas Service
for All Ages
St. Paul will host its second annual all-age Christmas service on Saturday, December 17 at 5:30 pm. A “Happy Birthday Jesus” dinner will follow. Invite family and friends to celebrate the Savior’s birth!
- December 3, 11:30am-2:00pm (kids)
- December 10, 11:30am-2:00pm (kids)
- December 16, 6:00pm-8:00pm (kids & adults, dress rehearsal)
“Joy to the World” by Isaac Watts, a free paraphrase based on Psalm 98:2–9, first appeared in 1719 with the heading “The Messiah’s Coming and Kingdom.”
In America, text and tune have been so inseparably wedded and associated with Christmas that one cannot imagine the hymn as being a paraphrase of Psalm 98.
Even though this popular hymn was originally intended to discuss Jesus’ second coming, it serves well to portray His first coming too. We think with joy about our Savior’s coming down to earth to live with us, to die for us, and to reign over us in resurrection glory! As we look to the past and celebrate His coming as the promised Child, we also look to the future and anticipate His coming as the promised King.