EYCE wishes you a blessed Christmas!

Dear members & partners of EYCE, dear Friends!

 
Go tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhere
Go tell it on the mountain
Jesus Christ is born

Every year again, the Christian churches remember the birth of Jesus Christ – but do we really tell it on the mountain for people to hear? Christians are called to tell the people in their villages, cities and countries that Jesus Christ is born, every year anew. The birth of Jesus Christ is the beginning of God’s self-revelation to human beings and a promise to them – everywhere.

 

While shepherds kept their watching
o’er silent flocks by night,
Behold, throughout the heavens
There shone a holy light

While the shepherds herd their sheep at night, an angel is coming to them to bring them the good news of Jesus’ birth. The shepherds go and see the baby and adore it as their newborn king. Even though they do not know where their way is leading to, they follow it and see Jesus in the manger, as they were told. The shepherds left the sheep they were asked to look after during the night. Would we be ready to leave our work behind if we would be called to tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere?

 

Go tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhere
Go tell it on the mountain
Jesus Christ is born

The shepherds feared and trembled,
When lo! above the earth,
Rang out the angels chorus
That hailed our Saviour’s birth.

The shepherds are the first to get to know about the birth of Jesus Christ, our saviour. They know before any king that the little baby is born. However, when they hear it from the angel, they are frightened. Still, in their faith they find the courage to overcome their fear and actually find Jesus in the manger. They recognise in him their saviour, as the angel had promised them and tell the people they meet about his birth. They give glory to God and praise for coming into their world and for turning towards them to make them whole.

 

Go tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhere
Go tell it on the mountain
Jesus Christ is born

Down in a lowly manger
The humble Christ was born
And God sent us salvation
That blessed Christmas morn.

The birth of Jesus took place in a manger. Today, no one would want to give birth to a child in a cold and lowly manger. Instead, families go to hospitals or children are born at home. Far away from home, Mary and Joseph welcomed Jesus into this world, giving him what they could afford. They were trusting in God and led themselves be guided through the troubles of their lives. Do we let ourselves be guided through the difficulties of our lives or do we give up hope?

 

Go tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhere
Go tell it on the mountain
Jesus Christ is born
May you spend a blessed Christmas with your families and friends and tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere that God came to us to bring reconciliation into this world!

EYCE wants to thank you for your contributions and the strong fellowship throughout the year to the life of EYCE and wishes you a happy and blessed start into the year 2013. We are looking forward to meet you and work with you in the coming year for the future of EYCE!
May the confidence in the Lord be with you in 2013 to strengthen you and give you peace!

 

We wish you a blessed Christmas!

Yours in Christ,
Ecumenical Youth Council in Europe