The rest of the world may be moving on to the New Year, but we Christians are still deep in the season of Christmas. 12 days is really not long enough to celebrate Christmas, but we’ll make do.
So in most of our Christmas worship, we want to sing the most obvious hymns possible.
It’s not Christmas if we don’t sing “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Silent Night,” and “Joy to the World.”
These are gorgeous hymns, rich with meaning, and layered in our hearts with year after year of beautiful memories.
When we sing them, we sort of turn our minds off. Our hearts rise up and shine through our voices, and we experience full, unmediated grace through the words and notes we know so well.
That aspect of Christmas worship—the words and songs that flow off our tongues so easily and joyfully—is so important.
But we also need something else in our Christmas worship.
We need something to make us think. Continue reading