The holiday season is rapidly approaching. The stores have started decorating and at least one radio station has started playing Christmas music. (I don't know about you, but the rule in the Taylor house is no Christmas music until after Thanksgiving) Before you know it you'll start to hear the bells for the Salvation Army at the stores, ads for great deals, and all your favorite carols and holiday standards. And these songs are the inspiration for our series this year. As you listen and probably sing along (let's be honest, it's the best time for car singing) the inspiration for the series is - Do you hear what I hear?
This season for Christians is a celebration of Christmas - the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus. We often refer to this season by another name, Advent, referring to the miracle of God coming to earth as a human in the life of Jesus. It's the beginning of the culmination of God's great story of redemption, the good news, the coming (or Advent) of Jesus. This good news reminds us each year of our great hope and joy in Jesus.
So, I invite you to join us each Sunday during the Advent season. We'll explore the story behind some of the most beloved (and a few hipster) Christmas carols. We'll look at their inspiration in the Bible as well as the history of the author. We'll hear God's story of hope and salvation for humanity in these songs. And, how we can continue sharing God's story through our own human journeys - "A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices. For yonder breaks a new glorious morn."
Pastor Jeremy Taylor