Each year we have an Advent Hymn Sing at Park Church. Why do we do this? First, Advent is a time for both anticipating and adoring. We want to take time to recognize that we long for Jesus (usually because things are not the way they should be) and take time to adore Jesus (recognizing that He has come)! Second, hymns take truths we know about God and make them singable, shared expressions of worship, igniting thoughts and affections both individually and corporately.
So, while singing Christmas songs together is a common, lovely sentimentalism of the season, gathering to sing hymns about Christ’s incarnation and return is not just for nostalgia’s sake!
Pray and sing through the service:
Advent is for Anticipating
O Come, O Come Emmanuel (John Neale, Henry Coffin, arr. Chichi Agorom, The Christian Year)
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus (Robert J. Hughes, Charles Wesley, arr. Red Mountain Church) Come Thou Fount (Advent) (Luke Brawner, Robert Robinson, John Wyeth)
Joy To The World (Isaac Watts)
Story for Kids
Advent is for Adoring
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Felix Mendelssohn, Charles Wesley, George Whitefield)
Hallelujah, What A Savior (Advent) (Bliss, Carter, Ivey, Suh arr. Austin Stone)
Oh Come All Ye Faithful (Robert Lau, John Francis Wade)
Oh Holy Night (John Sullivan Dwight, Placide Cappeau)