The first time I led worship for my current church, it was right around Christmas. I did a few traditional Christmas songs, and then I played “Here I Am To Worship.” The line about God “stepping down into darkness” always makes me think of the birth of Christ.
I mentioned to the congregation how I find it odd that we set aside some songs exclusively for certain times of year.
After all, “Joy To The World” has a great message no matter what month it is. And as I mentioned above, “Here I Am To Worship” ties into the nativity pretty well.
With that in mind, I really like Matthew Anderson’s post 15 (Advent) Songs Your Church Could Be Singing, because it’s not just seasonal music, but many songs that are probably already in your rotation. Matthew writes:
Many songs from your regular rotation will work great for Advent. Themes of hope, longing, expectation, and waiting are all appropriate. Keep in mind that Advent is as much about Christ’s coming into our world in a new way now as it is about preparing to celebrate his birth. During Advent the church cries, “Come, Lord Jesus!” for the renewal of our lives and our world now.
- Build Your Kingdom Here – Rend Collective Experiment. This is what Advent is all about. We long for God’s kingdom of peace and wholeness to come, on earth as it is in heaven.
- Hosanna – Paul Baloche. Hosanna means “Come, save us,” so songs with this language are perfect for Advent.
- Everlasting God – Brown/Riley. This popular song is great for Advent with its themes of waiting.
While I love Christmas music, and I recognize that there’s something special about those songs that we only do a few times per year, I love the idea of tying our “regular” songs into the celebration as well. After all, a good worship song with a gospel message should work any time of year.
Matthew mentions in his post that he’ll soon be doing another one for Christmas. I look forward to reading that one as well.