Singing the Songs of Christmas

November 28 – December 19

Gathering together to sing Christmas carols is one of the most traditional ways to celebrate the joy of the holiday season. But for many centuries, the religious authorities rejected carols as unsuitable for church use. Christmas hymns—rich in theology concerning the Incarnation—date back to the fourth century, and monasteries developed special music for Advent and Christmas in the tenth century.

But carols are different: They originated in local communities, and used the vernacular. Often written by people with limited education, they don’t always accurately reflect the gospel accounts of Jesus’ birth. And yet many are far from “simple.” In addition to telling the story of Christmas, they explore the implications of Christmas truths. Some contain “subversive” or political themes, while others express heartfelt joy—even in the midst of life’s difficulties.

Through this Advent series, we will explore some well known and much loved Christmas carols, the stories behind them, and the truths they reveal. We will examine the elements of Christmas that are “subversive” in our own context, and celebrate with the joy the significance of Christ’s birth for us today.


Date Message Title Speaker
Nov 28 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (Hope) Matthew
Dec 5 Silent Night (Peace) Matthew
Dec 12 Angels From The Realms Of Glory (Love) Ruth
Dec 19 Go Tell It On The Mountain (Joy) Various


In-Person and Online Sunday Services

Although in-person services have now resumed, we will continue to live-stream the main Sunday service at 10AM via Zoom. Everyone is welcome to join us in-person or online!


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Advent Resources

Information on events and resources for the 2021 Advent season.