It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!?

Ok Worship Leaders, Worship Pastors, Music Directors, Tech Directors, Producers, etc., Christmas is fast approaching. I don’t know about you, but I dread this time when it comes to worship music. It’s always awkward – contemporary bands trying to make Christmas songs exciting and fresh, which usually ends up with the band totally destroying a sweet old Christmas Carol.

Maybe you do a Living Tree (I feel for you). Maybe you do a Christmas Pageant (I’m so sorry). Maybe you have the kids come in and be all cute and stuff (Oh what fun it is to ride…). Maybe you do the whole Advent Candle lighting (how Presbyterian). Whatever it is, it’s a shake up in the normal schedule, and it is sure to add to the holiday stress level.

My question for you is what do you have planned? And how do you go about planning for Christmas?

We are a contemporary church, using modern worship (Tomlin, Hall, Redman, Hillsong United, Desperation, etc.), so Christmas songs are weird for us. This year we are having a Family Christmas service, where the kids will sing through some carols and fun Christmas songs. And we always to a Christmas Eve Candle Light service, where we sing Carols and do the whole candle lighting thing – it’s always pretty powerful. But, we usually do mostly worship music right up to Christmas.

I’d love to hear what other people are doing, so please leave some details! 

4 thoughts on “It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!?

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  2. Matthew Daniel

    It looks like we’re actually going to use one song each week to tie into the Christmas season…

    God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings by Bare Naked Ladies
    something by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra
    O Come All Ye Faithful – Starfield

  3. Billy Chia

    You should do “oi to the world” by No Doubt.

    But seriously, “I celebrate the day” by Relient K is a pretty awesome Christmas tune.

  4. James

    I planning on doing not much at all – for the very same reasons you mentioned; it’s awkward and traditional songs just don’t fit with our vibe.

    In total, we’ll be doing two ‘Christmas’ songs, both as ‘specials’. One is ‘Sing Mary Sing’ by Jennifer Knapp; an excellent song with a “this is what Christmas is all about” message. Two is a song from the eighties by an English dude named Cliff Richard; the song is called ‘Saviour’s Day’. We’ll bring the sound up to date and rock it a bit, but it’s an excellent evangelistic twist on a more secular Christmas song. And that’s about it.

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