Theology of Worship: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Verse 1 O come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here, Until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel! Next to Great Is Thy Faithfulness, this is my favourite hymn. I don’t consider this a Christmas hymn, but apparently to some it is. Well, that’s society for…

Theology of Worship: Silent Night

Verse 1 Silent night. Holy night. All is calm, all is bright, Round yon Virgin Mother and Child. Holy Infant, so tender and mild, Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace. Another Lucan hymn, this hymn revolves around Luke 2:8, “And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock…

Theology of Worship: O Holy Night

Verse 1 Oh, holy night! The stars brightly shining. It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth! Long lay the world in sin and error pining, Till He appear’d and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new glorious morn! Chorus: Fall on your…

Theology of Worship: What Child Is This?

I am kicking off a new ongoing series where I will be analysing the theology of worship, starting with Christmas music, considering the season we’re currently in. We live in a technological age, so it is easy to forget the purpose of worship. Some Christians, unfortunately, approach worship like a concert—if they’re not entertained by…