New songs are hard to find. The sheer volume is mind-numbing. So when you find a couple of good ones that could possibly span generations, us worship guys use them like crazy. Christmas is different. People want to sing Christmas carols and songs. You only get them once a year and there are a bunch of great songs/carols that you can cram into four Sundays in December.
You never hear anyone complain about the Christmas radio station that plays the old school and new school Christmas music! It's just Christmas music! Who doesn't like to hear Bing Crosby sing a little "White Christmas" or "Adeste Fideles"? And my kids are crazy about Michael Buble's Christmas Albums as well as Pentatonix!
So, what do we do at Christmas at Second? We sing Christmas carols and songs, and we sing them a lot! Not only is there a wealth of great music, but the lyrics are rich with theological truth and color. We rarely sing lyrics like "second Adam from above" or "veiled in flesh the Godhead see" like we do when singing "Hark the Herald Angels Sing".
This year we are adding two brand new Christmas Songs. Matt Papa and Matt Boswell have released an album called "His Mercy is More". Tucked away in these great modern hymns are two Christmas songs that just blew me away. "Sing We The Song Of Emmanuel" and "Come Adore The Humble King". Both songs are beautifully written with sing-able melodies and a wealth of meaning.
These guys are wordsmiths to the hilt. I love how they write with subtle paradoxes that weave the truth of Jesus coming as a baby, yet He is the creator of all things. One example would be "Maker of Mary, now Mary's son." The chorus rings with the comparison, "God most high in a manger laid…". This helpless child that is invincible lay in the humblest of states while kings and shepherds kneel before him in wonder and worship.
We are doing both songs this Sunday night at our Night of Worship. Come join us at 4:30 for cookies and cocoa! The service will begin at 5:30!
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