We will be singing this morning a beautiful 15th century hymn entitled: O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High! The hymn begins with an unbelievable story that seems to be fantasy when you consider its depth: “O Love, how deep, how broad, how high! How passing thought and fantasy, that God, the Son of God would take the mortal form for mortal’s sake.” The gospel is a great fantasy to those who do not believe. How is it that the God/Man would wear human flesh, become a mere mortal for the sake of other mortals? Why would He do something so beyond human comprehension? why would He take upon himself the scorn of mortal men? Verse 4 tells us: “For us He rose from death again; for us He went on high to reign; for us He sent His Spirit here; to guide, to strengthen, and to cheer.”
In this service, God through Spirit is guiding, strengthening and cheering us. Indeed, how deep, how broad and how high is the love of Christ for us that He gathers His people to receive His gifts.
Let us pray and prepare ourselves:
Glorious Lord, you are the king of all creation; there is none other like you; You have established an everlasting kingdom, so we could be heirs of the great promise. Cause us to be like you; to share in the great purity of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. Amen.