Advent is all the more needful in our time when Christmas is awash with cultural significance that has little to do with the baby in the manger; it helps us to see through all the clutter and noise that has accumulated at this time of the year to the true hope and joy of Christmas. One of the ways the Church lives counter culturally during Advent is by holding off on singing Christmas carols until Christmas proper.
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W aiting to sing Christmas carols is not easy, largely because they are so well known to us, while Advent music, by contrast, is mostly unfamiliar. However, I have a proposal that will boost the familiarity quotient of the Advent section of our hymnal by about a thousand. I discovered recently that one of our beloved Christmas carols is in fact not a Christmas carol at all. Watts wrote this series for his congregational church in London, which sang only the text of the Psalms in their worship services.
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise … With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the Lord, the King.
Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together Before the Lord; for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity. He rules the world with truth and grace, And makes the nations prove The glories of his righteousness And wonders of his love. The father of John Watts was a Non-conformist and so extreme were his views that he was imprisoned twice.
Watts was ordained as a Pastor of an Independent congregation. He wrote many hymns and Carols and was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree by the the University of Edinburgh in The music to the carol is by George Frederick Handel Click the following link for Christmas sheet music. Joy to the world, the Savior reigns!
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