Preparing for Christmas and Advent 2020
This past Sunday marked the first Sunday of Advent, and our anticipation, personally and corporately, begins to look forward to our celebration of Christmas. Christmas, more than any other annual celebration in the Christian calendar, has such a rich tradition of corporate and family singing. Singing Christmas carols and hymns can evoke such wonderful memories of our time together with our family or our worship as a church. This concentrated time of reflection on the wonder of God become man is enhanced significantly by our singing the truths of God's word with one another.
In order to help equip you and your family to sing together and prepare you for the corporate singing we will participate in together, we wanted to list the songs we'll be singing in our corporate gatherings. We feel this list of Christmas hymns, carols, and songs best represents a faithful and robust view of Christ's advent, and will serve your families, Growth Groups, and us corporately to anticipate our celebration of Christmas together and our hope in Christ's ultimate return.
This year we are introducing a new Christmas song for Summit Woods, He Who Is Mighty.
Based upon the Magnificat recorded in Luke's gospel, this is Mary's response to the news that she would bear a son, the anticipated Messiah. One of the authors of the songs recounts: "In the midst of all the amazing and terrifying things God was doing in her life, her response was to sing praise and declare God’s power and faithfulness! Her courage and obedience is convicting and inspiring, and I have frequently thought of her example when asking the Lord for the strength and humility to submit to His leading in my life."
For he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. (Luke 1:49)
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. (Isaiah 9:2)