I thought I’d go ahead and list out a few Advent/Christmas CDs that I have gathered over the years to help give you some new options for the classics. I know we’re only spending a few weeks doing Christmas songs but it’s nice to get some new arrangements for these old songs.
First off, Phil Wickham is releasing his new album Songs for Christmas this Friday from his website. You can also go there now to watch a performance he did on a radio show in New Jersey. It looks very promising.
Jars of Clay has a CD called Christmas Songs. I haven’t used it but my buddy said that there are a few good songs on for response if not necessarily for congregational songs.
And finally, one of my favorite new arrangements is Matt Maher’s Silent Night (Emmanuel). It adds a beautiful refrain in the middle that allows us to worship. We’ve actually used it on Good Friday as well.
Hope that helps you get creative with our worship during the Advent and Christmas seasons.
***Update from Brandon Whiteside***
Andrew Peterson’s Behold the Lamb of God: 10th Anniversary Edition was suggested by Brandon Whiteside. He says,
It’s put together in a way that’s similar to a musical with each song leading into the next, musical themes related to each song throughout and follows the Biblical narrative from Moses to the birth of Christ. It even has a song called “Matthew’s Begats” taken out of the beginning of Matthew!