Advent 17 - Music

Christmas is music! This past Sunday evening we celebrated the Promise of Christmas. Of all the music that we sang, my daughter couldn’t stop coming back to “Go Tell It On The Mountain.”

Originally created in 1865, it’s a great song that reorients our hearts towards the Christmas story. Let’s be honest, sometimes music can say what we can’t just speak. What are we telling people with the music we share? I hope the news of God’s arrival in the Christ-child can be news we can all be excited about.

In Matthew 5, Jesus teaches his Disciples that they are important to the Kingdom. He says in verses 14-16, “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”

A city on a hill. Or mountain maybe? I dunno. It’s kind of flat out here in the wiregrass. I bet we can find some high ground though to share such great news.

This version isn’t quite as good as what Promise sang on Sunday night, but it’s good.