Can We Bring A Better Christmas Offering?

Posted by Paul Baloche on 9 November 2015

I’ve often found Christmas a challenge. But not for the usual reasons. For me, one of the biggest struggles has been played out at church, in worship. We have such a rich heritage of Christmas-themed songs, yet so many of them don’t seem to fit with the way we do things today.

I love pulling out these standard Christmas carols that we only seem to sing once a year, but I’ve found that very few of them are sung to the Lord. Instead, they sing about Him.

Does that matter? I think it does. I think that it is so important in our congregational worship times to get our hearts going "vertical." More than at any other time, Christmas is the season when we need to be reminding people that Jesus isn’t just a character in the story, He is the perfectly approachable and totally loving Christ of Christmas.

That’s why, during the month of December, I will sometimes add a simple tag at the end of a familiar carol that gets us singing to the Lord instead of just about the Lord. It’s like breathing; the carols allow us to inhale all this wonderful content, while the added tags allow us to exhale a simple worship response back to God.

For example, at the end of "O Come Let Us Adore Him," try adding a chorus of "O Jesus we adore You, O Jesus we adore You" over the same chord progression. Or why not take a song like "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" and at the end, where we sing "glory to the newborn King," add a simple tag by holding the final chord, carrying on with the drums and start singing out a simple melody that the congregation can pick up with words like "we give You glory Lord, we give You glory."

In the run up to this Christmas, why not practice a little? Put aside some rehearsal time to experiment with different approaches until you find a melody and chord progression that helps a Christmas carol become a more vertical worship song. Remember to keep it simple, keep worshipping and keep experimenting.

More like this

5 Things Every Guitar-Playing Worship Leader Should Have With Them At All Times

It was once said that to lead worship you need to stay out of the way, let people see God and make sure there are no distractions. These five tips will help you cut back on the simple mistakes and help to keep the focus right where it needs to be.

The one where a millennial discovered more than they bargained for....

How one late night seminar at Mission Worship Conference, celebrating 20 years of worship with some of those that helped shape contemporary worship, stopped a millennial dead in their tracks.....

Vocal Masterclass: This Is The Air I Breathe

One important aspect of this whole technique is that by building solid foundations for your voice, you will further ensure that the bigger muscles (your abdominals – especially the epigastrium – your intercostal as well as many of your back muscles etc.) are doing the work so the little ones in your larynx can stay relaxed.

Free Songs

with chords, lyrics and MP3