One of the most sung Christmas hymns of our time showcases the sacred need for worship. O Come All Ye Faithful says for us to “sing in exultation” and to “come and behold and adore” Christ the Lord. To do as the song says, we must gather together (i.e. o’ come all ye faithful). This song is a call for corporate worship reminding us there is tremendous power when people get together praising Jesus’ name. And that’s exactly what this Advent season is going to be about for us: worshipping Jesus together. This Christmas, we’ll study the songs surrounding Jesus’ birth; and, with passion, lift our voices declaring “O Come Let Us Adore Him!”
December 2 | Luke 1:39-55 | Mary’s Song
Sermon Synopsis - Mary’s song is the gospel before the gospel unfolds. She visits her relative (probably cousin) Elizabeth and announces in song that she will forever magnify the Lord because of this miracle. During her pregnancy, she predicts the gospel before it unfolds. Her words still ring true for us today and leads us into worship.
December 9 | Luke 2:25-35 | Simeon’s Song
A devout man who was told by the Spirit to go to Jerusalem and commission the baby Messiah. Simeon arrives on cue, takes Jesus into his arms and sings to him a song that still reverberates today. His song leads us into worship.
December 23 | Luke 2:36-38 | Anna’s Song (No Sermon. Lessons and Carols Service)
As soon as Simeon finishes his commissioning moment in the Temple, a prophet, Anna, steps forward singing and praising Jesus. Anna is a widow who never leaves the Temple. She prays day and night. When she sees Jesus, she bursts into song for she knows he’ll bring redemption to Jerusalem. Anna’s song leads us into worship.
December 24 | Luke 2:1-20 | The Angels’ Song
As soon as the world catches their breath at the birth of Jesus, a chorus of angels sing! Scripture says, “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven / and on earth peace among those whom he favors!” This act demands our attention and our repetition, for it leads us into worship.