This past Friday evening we held a Christmas Night of Worship at Living Word. The theme for this evening was “God With Us” and the reality found in John 1:14: “The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood” (MSG). The truth of the incarnation demands a response–songs, poetry, art, and, above all, wonder and worship. While I love gathering with the church family throughout the year for worship nights, there is always something special about the Christmas season and the unique carols and songs that go with it. I love how the Christmas carols are able to stir our hearts (and yes, evoke nostalgia) as they melodically capture profound truths.
God and sinners reconciled. (Joy to the World)
Truly He taught us to love one another. (O Holy Night)
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in Thee tonight. (O Little Town)
With His blood mankind hath bought. (The First Noel)
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail. (I Heard the Bells)
Christmas started with a song—the angels heralding the news of the Messiah’s arrival and the peace that he brings. Singing accompanies celebration. When news is THIS good
—“Heaven is here!”—it calls for …