Advent Week 1 - Hope

One of the marks of being United Methodist is that we sing our theology.

Whether you sing from the hymnal or not, the words of the songs that we sing should reflect the theological theme of the day and be in concert with what the congregation believes about who God is and who we are in relationship to God and each other.  The music of the songs sung should evoke the type of emotions that match the mood trying to be created in its place in the service. 

So I thought that this year, as we journey toward Christmas, we could think about what some of our favorite Christmas Carols tell us about who we believe Christ to be.  The facts in these articles over the next few weeks come from “The Stories of Christmas Carols” by Ernest K. Emurian and published by Baker Books (2002 edition).  The opinions expressed are strictly my own and as always, I hope that you will spend enough time with the material to form your own.

Dec. 1 The First Sunday of Advent – Luke 2:8-14...continue reading