Christmas is a time when most churches love singing the traditional sounds of the season. As worship leaders, we do not have enough time to teach a lot of new songs, so I love singing songs that include old favorites with a new twist. “O Come All Ye Faithful” is a great song in complete adoration of our King.
In “O Come (Let Us Adore),” Jordan Smith has taken a section of this great Christmas hymn and added an energetic chorus allowing the church to lift our voices in complete praise to the One we adore. This song encourages us, as believers, to connect with the shepherds who were there at the birth of Jesus. This song would be a wonderful way to open a service, to transport our minds to the manger, to the light of the world, to the One we waited for, to the One born to save us.
We want our churches to enjoy the sounds of the season and celebrate Jesus, but many of our current worship songs can be tied to traditional carols, so we don’t introduce too many new songs all at once. Here are a few to try: “Raise a Hallelujah/Joy to the World,” “Gratitude/What Child is This,” “Angels From the Realms of Glory/Only King Forever; and one of my favorites, “He Has Come For Us (God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen).”
It is our job as worship leaders to point people to Jesus. We can’t make things about the greatest new hits or current trends in worship; we need to be intentional about the songs we choose, whether they are traditional, contemporary, or blended. When we sing a song like “O Come (Let Us Adore),” may we be able to truly focus on adoring the One who came to save us from our sin.