Every time I enter into the Christmas season, I am reminded that this is the most wonderful time of the year—at least in my opinion! From the decorations to the special gatherings to the food, these holidays offer a spirit of celebration and blessing. I especially love the Christmas music. My family and I tune in to that musical genre on Thanksgiving Day, and we listen as long as it is offered. Of course, I really like those songs that reflect the reason for the season, Jesus. I often join in by adding my voice to the praise I hear emanating from my car radio, my iPhone, etc. It just seems natural to respond in such a way to the Savior’s birth. Indeed, singing has always been a part of such worship.
Ask some of the earliest characters that play a role in the infancy narratives. Take Mary as an example. She naturally declared her praise before God as she contemplated how He had demonstrated His favor upon her. In fact, she broke out in a song that recounted His faithfulness. Throughout church history, this praise has been referred to as The Magnificat and is found in Luke 1:46-55. But the songs did not stop there. Zechariah, the husband of Mary’s cousin and the father of John the Baptist, also emerged from a God-induced mute period by exclaiming the advent of the Savior. This chorus is recorded in Luke 1:68-79 and is now entitled The Benedictus. Later, Simeon offered his verbal thanksgiving as he placed his eyes upon the long-awaited Messiah. He could not contain his gratitude for God’s sending the Light unto the nations in what has been called the Nunc Dimittis located in Luke 2:29-32. In all three songs, you can hear the genuine joy of the singer and his/her faith in Yahweh.
So again, I implore you to join the cast of believers and sing this Christmas! Celebrate the Savior and His salvation! Exalt the greatness of His name! You can do it in your own personal context, or you can gather with your spiritual family. In either case, be real and be joyful.
This Sunday morning, we will have a Combined Worship Service at 11 a.m. as we sing our Christmas songs together. It is going to be an awesome experience as our Music Ministry teams lead us. Make sure you attend and invite others to come along. And then, we will welcome Zach and Marissa Husser to our team at 4 p.m., eat some pizza together, and then go caroling throughout our community at 5 p.m. Hope you can come! See you Sunday!