The Songs of Our Advent Celebration

It's time to start fillin' our homes with the sounds of the Advent season!

I wanted to equip you all with the songs we will all be celebrating with.  Some of them are traditional and familiar, but others not so much.  And while worshipful mumbling is glorious and awesome, it doesn't have to be a resignation!  

I'm excited to sing out with with joy together over a missional God who became man!  Man... a MISSIONAL GOD WHO BECAME A MAN!  

Here's what the air of our celebration will sound like:

Joy to the World, both the traditional version and this one by Folk Angel
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus, by Red Mountain Music
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, by Sara Groves
Angels We Have Heard on High, by Folk Angel 
This is the Christ, by Sandra McCracken
Go Tell it On The Mountain, by Tenth Avenue North
Gather Round, Ye Children, Come, by Andrew Peterson
O Come O Come Emmanuel, by Red Mountain Music
O Holy Night, by Beta Radio
What Child is This, traditional version
Hark the Herald Angels Sing, traditional version
O Little Town of Bethlehem, by Folk Angel
God is With Us, by Sojourn Music
Silent Night, traditional version

Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wondrous works!
Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!
Seek the LORD and his strength;
seek his presence continually!
Remember the wondrous works that he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,
O offspring of Abraham, his servant,
children of Jacob, his chosen ones!
(Psalm 105:1-6 ESV)

Why We Sing: Raise My Voice

  We all have bad days.  Some, bad weeks, or bad months.  And still other times life just seems to be constantly stacked up against you. 

  It's during these days, weeks, months, lifetimes even… that we often substitute what is irrevocably most true about us, with what our circumstances say is currently most true about us.   But is that our fate? To be controlled and defined by life's ever-shifting circumstances?  

  In our journey through the book of Acts, we see two followers of Christ who defiantly reject a definition of circumstance:

            The crowd joined in attacking [Paul and Silas], and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders to beat them with rods. And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, ordering the jailer to keep them safely. Having received this order, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.

            About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them,

(Acts 16:22-25 ESV, emphasis added)

The Christian is never slave to circumstance. 

  The most true thing about Paul and Silas in this passage is not that they’re being beaten and imprisoned.  While that is currently true, it is eternally true that they are adopted sons of the most glorious, gracious, resurrected, living God. And this is the bulletproof identity that they are holding to, that no temporary circumstance can extinguish.

  As we continue through the story of the early church, we’ll learn that their circumstances don’t really improve; yet their joy remains fiercely unyielding, supported by the everlasting grace of Jesus.  And so, as a family, we will follow this example on Sunday mornings and beyond, laying our circumstances down at the foot of the cross and embracing the greatest truth about us: God calls us family. 

  So as often as our hearts begin to fold and our hands begin to droop, it is my hope that this song would be one of many we will use to sing a joyful truth back to ourselves.  The song is Raise My Voice, by the Robbie Seay Band:

 

If everything I had was lost

If everything was gone

If everything I knew was suddenly a fraud

And all I had was you holding on

Would it all be the same

Could I find the beauty in the pain?

Would I seek your face

Would I sing your praise

  

I raise my voice loud and sing

Tell ‘em all what you've done for me!

Even in my darkest days

I'm gonna sing your praise!

 

Everywhere I look today

Every common tree is ablaze

With the fire of God, the maker of the stars and

The healer of my heart

Where would I be if you never gave the eyes to see?

I praise you!  Oh I praise you!

 

Your grace is like an ocean crashing with hope

Your peace is like a river flooding my soul

It is well with my soul

It is well with my soul

It is well with my soul

 

Raise My Voice can be found on the Robbie Seay Band bandcamp site here: http://robbieseayband.bandcamp.com/track/raise-my-voice