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A Tale of Two Texts

December 5th, 2009 by Thalia Kehoe Rowden

When Georg Frideric Handel was in the middle of writing the Hallelujah Chorus, one of the most famous pieces of music in the world, he was interrupted by his assistant, who had been banging on his study door for ages, not getting any reply.  Handel looked up, in tears, and said ‘I thought I saw the face of God.’

Waiting to see the face of God is what Advent’s all about, and this year, we are going to follow Handel composing the Hallelujah Chorus as part of Messiah, a big piece of music all about Jesus, as he puts the biblical jigsaw pieces together to get a picture of who Jesus was and why he was so important.

Advent began last week and we remembered what it was like to be an Advent people, a people waiting for a better world.  Like the Israelites in exile in Babylon, like Israel under Roman occupation, we too are living in an imperfect world and hoping God will rescue us.

So we heard the message of hope in Isaiah 40:1-5 with great relief!  One day, ‘the glory of the Lord will be revealed’ in a new way, and everything will be as it should be.  To hear what comfort that can give us in the here and now, you can listen to the sermon here.

This week we’re staying with Isaiah for ‘The Peace We Find Ourselves In’.  The Messiah aria ‘How beautiful are the feet‘ takes its words from Isaiah 52:7.  You can also get a sneak preview of what it’s going to be about by checking out Beached Az, the cult web cartoon where Aussies make fun of Kiwi accents.  The original uses some language that we won’t endorse on this site, but one of the sequels, with the Beached Az baby whale is nice and clean.

Come along tomorrow wearing blue for peace (and take your hayfever remedies before you come – the stable is increasing)!

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