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Songs for Advent & Christmas

We’ve turned the corner into a new year in the Christian liturgical calendar as the season of Advent has begun. The first Sunday of Advent this year (2014) was November 30. I grew up not really ever hearing about Advent. December hit and we busted out all the Christmas carols. At least, that’s what I remember. The beautiful thing about celebrating Advent is that Christmas is put in a rightful place and can be celebrated more fully.

In preparing for worship during the Advent season, a season of remembering and expectation of Christ, several words came up in my devotion and prayer time: disruption, in-breaking, disorientation, and collision. We remember with expectation the good news of Jesus Christ, God incarnate, who came and is coming again. Advent, if we allow it, will disrupt our ordinary lives, break in, disorient us, and heaven will collide with our earthly realities.

We asked people in our Facebook group, Sioux Falls Area Worship Leaders, what some of their favorite songs are for the seasons of Advent & Christmas. Below is a list of songs that will hopefully be expanded and edited with chord chart attachments for the ones with particular arrangements. Many of them could otherwise be found through CCLI’s SongSelect or other online music libraries. I would add that this list is put together with an emphasis on songs for corporate worship while some may not be ideal for corporate singing.

A Hallelujah Christmas, Cloverton (video)
Angels From the Realm of Glory – G
Babe in the Straw, Caedmon’s Call (video)
Christmas Offering, Casting Crowns (video)
Christmas Song, Dave Matthews Band (video)
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus, Red Mountain Music (video)
Emmanuel (Hallowed Manger Ground), Chris Tomlin (video)
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings, Barenaked Ladies & Sarah McLachlan (video)
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – SongSelect Chart in Em
Here With Us, Joy Williams (video)
How Many Kings, Downhere (video)
In the Bleak Midwinter
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, MercyMe (video)
Jesus Son of God – G
Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee – E
Manger Throne, Third Day (video)
My Soul Magnifies the Lord, Chris Tomlin (video)
O Come All Ye Faithful – G
O Come Let Us Adore Him, 33 Miles (video)
O Come O Come Emmanuel – Em
Silent Night, Phil Wickham (video)
Silent Night, Taylor Swift (video)
We Three Kings Of Orient Are – SongSelect Chart in G
What Child Is This?
When Love Was Born, Mark Schultz (video)

Please comment if you have any songs or arrangements to add, and may you be blessed as you wait expectantly for Christ this Advent season.

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