Lay Pastors Weekly 01-03-16

Peace on Earth!!!
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:13-14
I recommend reading Luke 2 again.
Edward Sears attended Harvard Divinity School and was ordained in the Unitarian ministry. Edward chose to devote himself to ministry in the small towns in Massachusetts, so he would have time to study, think, and write. He focused on the angelic request for peace on earth in his hymn “It Came upon the Midnight Clear” based on the above verse. He wrote this hymn in 1849 when civil strife was darkening in the United States. He is well known for his hymns and books. My prayer for the week is the verse he wrote that is left out of the hymn most hymnals:  
Dear Lord: Yet with the woes of sin and strife, the world hath suffered long. Beneath the angel-strain have rolled, two thousand tears of wrong. And man, at war with man, hears not, the love song which they bring. O hush the noise, ye men of strife, and hear the angels sing. Amen