Paul Baloche has solved a problem that has plagued worship leaders annually for a long time: what do we do about Christmas music? A lot of Christmas songs are tough for a modern worship team to pull off well, and a lot of traditional Christmas songs – even the ones we sing in church – have some pretty weird theology (“no crying He makes”?).
Christmas Worship Vol 2 (the first volume came out last year) features twelve Christmas songs that are well-arranged, theologically sound, and congregation-friendly. The album opens with a medley of “Joy To The World” and Paul Baloche’s own “Our God Saves.” What struck me as I listened was that this would be a great version of either song on its own, but together, it’s much more powerful. The arrangement allows for seamless transitions between old and new, and the lyrics of each song complement each other very well.
Another standout track is “What Child Is This/Praise Emmanuel,” which is just a little bluesy and feels very modern without straying far from a traditional feel.
My favorite song on the album is “Angels From The Realms Of Glory/Emmanuel,” in which “Emmanuel” is a reworked version of “Hosanna.” It works like gangbusters.
But choosing a favorite from this album isn’t easy – the whole thing is great. And as a bonus, the chord charts (along with those for the first volume) are available for free (click the image below for details on that). Planning services near Christmas honestly just got a lot easier.