Over the next month, people all over this country will sing many of the same songs over and over. I LOVE Christmas carols and always have! I've been singing Christmas carols in church since I was old enough to talk and I have wonderful memories of caroling in the neighborhood outside our church with my youth group as a teenager. It was always one of my favorite things to do this time of year. There's just something so special about knowing that you can sing a song and everyone who hears it will be familiar with it. Christmas carols bring warm fuzzy feelings of friendship and make you think of snow and hot chocolate and twinkling lights. They just make me smile! :)
Sometimes though, I wonder if there's something lost in the repetition and familiarity of many of these songs. So this year, because I'm leading many of these familiar songs as part of corporate worship, I want to make sure I am thinking about and understanding what I'm singing. Many of the Christmas "carols" we sing are hymns with powerful messages of truth and beautiful words of worship. I don't want to miss the power behind these songs anymore! I don't want them to just be about warm fuzzy feelings, I want to truly worship our King through these songs that I love so much!
Once a week throughout the month of December, I'm going to do a little bit (remember I have 21 concerts to do too, so I don't have a whole lot of extra time) of research on a commonly sung Christmas carol and share what I've learned here. I will specifically cover songs that Josh and I will be leading at some or all of our Christmas services!
I hope this will be a blessing to you and allow you to find deep meaning in the carols that you will no doubt find yourself listening to and singing this year. Please feel free to comment on each of these posts with any additional insights or information that you have about that particular song.
Check back early next week for what I've learned about the Christmas song that most often has me thinking, "What does that even mean?!"
First - "On a cold winter's night that was so deep."
nope - wasn't winter and wasn't cold! cool maybe, but not cold
Second - "They looked up and saw a star shining in the East beyond them far"
"they" is the shepherds and the Bible says nothing about them seeing or following a star in the East
Update: Follow these links to read my post on "The First Noel", "O Come All Ye Faithful" and "God With Us."
Sometimes you think things will settle down if you can just get through the next few hours or days . . . That's how we felt when we were pushing through the busyness of last week and weekend. "If we can just make it to my parent's house, then we can finally rest."
HA! My parents are replacing the flooring in their house, so the place was a chaotic mess when we finally arrived Tuesday evening. (Although, the new kitchen floor looks fabulous and I look forward to the new carpet coming next week! :) )
AND my parents hosted Thanksgiving for our family and my sister's inlaws. AND my mom had to work Wednesday, so I did some of her shopping. . .
It's been three days of moving stuff, cleaning, climbing over and around, cooking, visiting, eating, rearranging furniture, and even a little bit of shopping!
I'm starting to think that things may not settle down at all this month. Oh boy!
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you,
for my power is made perfect in weakness." 2 Cor. 12:9a
This weekend we will head across the Sound to the peninsula to do our first two Christmas church services. We've been practicing regularly and let me tell you, I needed it. It's amazing how tricky it can be to sing songs that you haven't sang in 12 months!
We're excited to begin our Christmas celebrations! You can find our complete Christmas schedule here.
Well, I wrote this blog sitting at the table with my husband, my sister, and her boyfriend. They have worked very hard at distracting and entertaining me, so I apologize for the lack of content or cohesiveness. Such is life at my parent's house! Now, I am off to bed.
Well, we made it. . . I think! Honestly, I'm so worn out from the past five days and brain dead from travel that I'm not certain where I am or what I'm doing! ;)
I'd love to provide some witty commentary on our busy day of travel or some encouraging moments from our five concerts this past weekend . . . but I am soooo tired! I just can't do it. Maybe tomorrow . . . maybe.
What I can do, though, is share a bunch of pictures from our crazy past few days. First, here's a quick recap of our recent ministry events/activities :
Thursday - evening church Service,
Friday - begin packing & cleaning
evening Celebrate Recovery
Saturday - packing, sorting, organizing, cleaning, defrost fridge, laundry
evening church service
Sunday - morning church service
afternoon finish packing
evening church service
Monday - finish packing, rearrange trailer for travel, empty hot water tank & winterize
pipes, tow trailer to friends' house, transfer items from trailer to truck, drive 6
hours, load the entire contents of the truck into hotel, CRASH
note: if you haven't read my blog lately, we are leaving our trailer for two months. December will be spent mostly at my parent's house and Janurary will be spent at our new house
Why is it that whenever I clean, I always make a bigger mess first?!
The majority of the weight is moved to the back of the trailer for towing.
Our sweet friends put panels around the trailer to protect it from anyone curious sheep! :)
After hours of driving, we made it to our hotel and as you can see, we were totally wiped out! It only took five trips with full hotel carts to get all of our stuff up to our room. Praise God for a spacious room! :) By the way, although our boys carefully avoided my camera today, they worked sooo hard! We could not have done this without our little helpers!
God blessed us with a tremendous fall tour! He is so generous to include us in His ministry! I can't wait to be a part of celebrating Christ's birth with so many over the next month!
Now I am off to bed! Nighty, night! :)
Hi! I'm Sarah
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