As pastors who are responsible for studying, preaching and teaching the Word of God and as pastors of music/worship, how do we approach the Christmas season in the church?
The notion of “here we are again” can carry two different nuances. In the first it is stated with a notion of dread and tiredness since we have “been there, done that.” We feel a burden to come up with something new and fresh . . . again. In the second, it is stated with a notion of excitement since we can celebrate something familiar and we get to tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love . . . again.
Keith Getty acknowledges some of these sentiments in that often we approach this with feeling “overwhelmed, exhausted, and lacking in creative freshness.” In response, he provides 5 Reasons for Musicians and Church Leaders to Love Carolling the Story I simply include the list and encourage you to read the rest of the article.
- Remember that Christmas is a huge opportunity to sing the gospel.
- Explore and immerse yourself in the abundance of historic church Christmas music.
- Educate and reinvigorate your congregation to sing well.
- Challenge and broaden the musical vocabulary of the church.
- Seek fresh opportunities to think outwardly and to take music outside of the church building.
So “here we are again” in the Christmas season.
- How do you approach this time?
- How do you make the most of this opportunity?
- How do you “carol the story?”