Music to celebrate the incarnation scant in churches?

Another reason for high church: The liturgy dictates the service to a degree, and therefore you’re more likely to actually sing songs that eagerly await the incarnation during the Advent season, and songs that celebrate it during the 12 days of Christmas.

Music celebrating Christ’s coming has been scant during the Evangelical church services we’ve attended the past couple of years. Actually, Easter was much the same way earlier in the year too (where, as I recall, none of the music or sermon content addressed the holiday which was just strange).

Has anyone else noticed this in non-denominational churches or churches that don’t pay attention to the liturgical calendar? Any ideas why this has been my and my family’s experience (in mid-sized, central Nebraska churches) of late?


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Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

5 Responses to Music to celebrate the incarnation scant in churches?

  1. sojournwanderer says:

    A year ago, I had a conversation with a friend and his wife about this. They sang Joy to the World on the first Sunday of Advent… somehow having forgotten about the liturgical calendar. I don’t think it’s just you.

    O Come O Come Emmanuel is one of my favorite songs. Period. Maybe enough to make up for giving up the Gloria for Advent. Maybe.

    And I mean, I think all Christian stripes are awaiting the Second Coming still, right? So it wouldn’t hurt to actually celebrate Advent?

    • pcNielsen says:

      Sufjan’s rendition of “O Come . . . ” just playing in iTunes . . . I like his Christmas album, his music in general, but might prefer a more classical arrangement of most Christmas carols. That said, I also like finding good new Christmas music. Key on the word good; this seems hard to do some years.

  2. I have no idea why this is the trend, but it annoys me. The evangelical free church I attended the last couple of years observed Advent though, which was nice.

  3. Pingback: More in favor of Christmas carols « The Aesthetic Elevator

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