I thought I’d just throw in a fun one this week, since it’s the season of fun!!
First of all though, yet me clarify my point of confusion as I introduced Sunday’s sermon. We sang Joy to the World just before I spoke, and I commented that the lyrics were written by Issac Watts (1674-1748 ) and the tune based on music by Handel (the same guy that composed the Messiah). I got muddled trying to place who Isaac Watts was and when this song would have been written.
However, despite my confusion on the details I still think my point is significant. Although Jesus was probably not born on Dec. 25th, and although the Bible doesn’t teach us to celebrate Christmas, and although many of the Christmas traditions actually have pagan origins… Today Christmas has well and truly accumulated a lot of Christian meaning, while it’s fuzzy origins are mostly forgotten. When we sing songs written 300 or so years ago we join with a long line of Christians who have sung those words to worship God, and truly the miracle of God becoming human is an event of great joy worth singing about.
What are your favorite Christian Christmas Carols? Mine are:
- O Holy Night
- Mary Did you Know
- God With Us (by MercyMe, not really a Christmas Carol, but definitely a song with a Christmas message)
- Grown Up Christmas List (Amy Grant’s version has an extra verse)
- Jazz Gloria (this is a choral piece that I’ve picked up somewhere and got stuck in my head. The best version I could find of it online was here.)
- Messiah – the whole thing!! (I still get a buzz from reading Scripture and recognizing passages used in this work.)
Okay, that’s my rather unconvetional list. Please share yours!! Also Are there and Christmas songs you just can’t stand? This time last year I was working and Starbucks and must have heard “Frosty the Snowman” 5 times every day!! Enough with Frosty!!