When we gather as a congregation, we always sing! When we gather for Advent and Christmas, we sing about the Light of the World and the birth of Jesus. Singing is the language of faith and community. It is the expression of hope, peace, joy, and love!
On Sunday evening, December 3, we will gather to celebrate the singing of our Preschool, Children, and Youth Choirs at our Welcoming Advent in Story and Song service. We will also decorate the Chrismon Trees and light them for the first time! Afterwards, we will enjoy our annual Cookie Fellowship.
The following week on Sunday, December 10, our Sanctuary Choir will present their music for Advent and Christmas. We will hear the hope, peace, joy, and love of God expressed beautifully in song, as we envision new creation through the Light of the World. We will give thanks for the music, which renews us as we rejoice during this time of year!
Music and singing are gifts of God’s grace. Don Saliers writes, “If music is the language of the soul made audible, then human voices, raised in concert in human gatherings, are primary instruments of the soul.” These gifts of grace allow us to express our deepest hopes and prayers, which we hold inside of us. We do not have to muster enough strength to express them by ourselves, we can join others in song.
We find strength in singing with others! We sing more during Advent and Christmas because we need strength to anticipate and expect the coming of Christ. We need this added strength to seek hope in the face of despair, peace in the face of conflict, joy in the face of heartache, and love in the face of fear.
We sing from our souls as we seek the hope, peace, joy, and love of Christmas for our lives, and for this world!