When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. This “Songs We Sing” post is a weekly effort to help us better learn the songs we are singing — as well as to gather some small insight into what we are singing. See the Spotify playlist below — updated weekly — to hear songs for this week.
For the services of December 24, 2017, Redemption bands At One (in Jasper) and Into The Fire (in Loogootee) will lead music and we will sing:
HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SING
Written by Charles Wesley, 1739; Music by Felix Mendelssohn, 1840. The first verse is often the only one sung, but this song is rich in some of the other verses. “Second Adam from above/Reinstate us in Thy love.” Jesus breaks the curse of the fall so we should sing “GLORY to the newborn king” when we celebrate Christ’s birth.
O COME, O COME EMMANUEL
Author unknown (i.e. this one is VERY old – like 12th Century old). Lyrically, this one is also about the longing and expectation of a Savior. Buy “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” by Redemption band Narrow Path on iTunes.
WHAT CHILD IS THIS?
Written by William C. Dix, 1865. Music: “Greensleeves,” 16th Century English melody. This isn’t just a traditional Christmas song that we include because it’s that time of year. We sing “this is Christ the King … Haste to bring him laud.” Do we rush to bring him glory and praise?
A DAY OF GLORY
Written by Chris Collins, Justin Coifed, Aaron Ivey, Matt Carter, 2012. Though this is a Christmas song, it shows us the Incarnation is only part of the Gospel story and that it will be fulfilled in full with Christ’s second coming.
JOY TO THE WORLD
Written by Isaac Watts, 1719. This song was written about the SECOND coming of Christ and inspired by Psalm 98. Buy “Joy To The World” by Redemption band Narrow Path on iTunes.