How Does A Weary World Rejoice: Singing Stories of Hope

For this Advent and Christmastide, we are deepening into the question of How Does a Weary World Rejoice? You can follow along with daily devotionals on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

This Sunday, we’re focusing in on some of the songs featured in Luke’s Gospel, which a dear colleague compared to a musical. She is not wrong. The songs featured in a musical offer a view into the inner life of the characters, their deepest hopes, fears, poignant loves, their anguish and pain…Think Hamilton, Spring Awakening, Rent, The Secret Garden…even Mamma Mia. I believe that the enduring popularity of musical theater speaks to our human tendency to burst into song as a way to express the state of our souls. It’s just not as socially acceptable in our day and age…but in the Gospel of Luke, the songs burst forth with abandon.

This Sunday we’ll hear two songs: Mary’s Magnificat, perhaps the most well-known song of the New Testament, and Zechariah’s song, sometimes referred to as the “Benedictus.” Both of these songs express a deep hope and gratitude for a future yet to come, written in the past tense, as if they have already happened.

So how do songs help transform our weariness into such confident hope?

Join us Sunday morning at 11am to sing and find out together.

In faith,

Join us for our Christmas Celebrations on Sunday, December 24th:

11:00am: Christmas Pageant– in the Sanctuary – interested participants meet at 10:15 in the chapel

6:15-6:45pm: Children’s Storytime – in the Parlor – Amy will escort children to rejoin their families in the Sanctuary at 6:45pm

6:30-7:00pm: Concert Prelude in the Sanctuary

7:00pm: Lessons & Carols Service in the Sanctuary

Image: Embroidered Borders, inspired by Luke 1:46-55, by Nicolette Peñaranda,  © A Sanctified Art |

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