The Hymns of Christmas webDuring the season of Advent 2011, Collegiate/Wesley enjoyed a very popular sermon series, “The Hymns of Christmas.” (No doubt, much of its popularity was that it afforded the opportunity to sing Christmas hymns on Sunday mornings during the season of Advent!) This year – during Advent 2013 – the series will be reprised with an entirely new set of hymns. No repeats!

The purpose of Advent is to prepare ourselves and our lives for the Christ for whom we never seem to be quite ready. Christmas sings of a Christ who has already come. In order to sing the latter, we have to do the former. During this series, we will learn the stories behind, the reasons for, and the messages in these beloved seasonal hymns. See them in a new light: as prophets telling of the One who will come at Christmas.

Each week, the pastors will share the settings and the purpose of four hymns, which will be the hymns for the worship service: a rousing opening hymn, a new or unfamiliar Christmas hymn, an Advent hymn, and a standard classic.

Click the links below to hear the reflections.

December 1 (Advent 1)

  • Preaching: Jim & Melissa.
  • Lectionary Scriptures: Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44
  • Hymns: “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks,” “View the Present through the Promise,” “God Almighty We Are Waiting,” “Angels We Have Heard On High”

December 8 (Advent 2)

  • Preaching: Scott, Melissa & Jim.
  • Lectionary Scriptures: Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12
  • Hymns: “God Rest You Merry Gentlemen,” “Some Children See Him,” “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” “Love Came Down at Christmas”

December 15 (Advent 3)

  • Preaching: Jim, Scott, Melissa
  • Lectionary Scriptures: Isaiah 35:1-10; Luke 1:47-55; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11
  • Hymns: “People Look East,” “Spirit-Child Jesus,” “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light,” “Still, Still, Still”

December 22 (Advent 4)

  • Preaching: Melissa & Scott
  • Lectionary Scriptures: Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25
  • Hymns: “Hail to the Lord’s Anointed,” “Once in Royal David’s City,” “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” “Go Tell It on
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