Series: Advent - I Believe Even When
Lessons and Carols Christmas Worship
December 24, 2020
The history of humanity is fraught with pain–especially the pain that comes accompanied by fear and leads to oppression and violence of one people against another. This is the world into which Jesus was born and through which his teachings would challenge and call for transformation.
The opening words of an anonymous Jewish poet, “I believe in the sun, even when the sun is not shining,” were scrawled on a basement wall of the Cathedral of Cologne, Germany, during the Holocaust. The words were originally put to music by Z. Randall Stroope, and for this series, composer and professor, Mark Miller, has written an
original music score which we will be using with permission.
This theme song for our season calls us to examine our penchant for annihilating fear by annihilating each other. The power of narrative and music will call us to a different, gracious, response– transformation and reconciliation through hope, love, joy, and peace. This Advent and Christmas, let us fill the night with music and light and affirm and act on the reasons why we can still “believe, even when” we are discouraged.