Whether or not we are ready to admit it, the Christmas season has begun, especially in the Church! We know you have hundreds if not thousands of songs to sift through when planning your Christmas and Advent services this year. We have compiled this list of songs to help you find what you need this year! A list filled with new Christmas worship, classic Christmas worship, top Christmas worship, and just some fun Christmas songs. May God bless you and your Church you prepare for this exciting season!
– The Essential Worship Team
Top Christmas Songs for Christmas Worship 2021
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“And they will call him Immanuel (which means “God with us”).” Matthew 1:33 NIV
Do you know that God is with you?
The Christmas Story is one that has been told so many times in so many ways. It’s the greatest story ever told (except, perhaps, the resurrection story), and the most beautiful thing about it is that it never grows old.
Yet, today, we hope to focus your mind on what the sweetest birthday story in the history of the world means for us today…because the most wonderful part of the Christmas story is the idea that God loved us enough to be “with us”.
The Christmas season can be so difficult. From the financial burden, to the reminder of absent loved ones who have passed on, or the shadows that remain from hurtful Christmas experiences of the past; it can be so exhausting and hard. We cannot overcome or heal from these experiences on our own, but we can pray to the Spirit for our eyes to be fixed on the truth of the holiday.
The truth of the holiday remains in the genealogy of Jesus and what it means for us. Matthew 1 begins with a daunting list of Jesus’s lineage that becomes overwhelming to truly look at and dive into. Yet, there are some beautiful things to look at beyond the surface.
This beautiful array of people from the family of God reveals to us one thing in particular about the birth of His son on earth: He came to be with ALL of us and He uses ALL of us for different parts of His beautiful plan.
Jesus was of Abraham: a wonderful, upstanding Father of the nation.
Jesus was of David: a strong warrior and a wonderful musician king.
Jesus came from Rahab: a prostitute who was not even an Israelite.
Jesus came from Bathsheba: a woman who was taken advantage of and lost everything.
By listing the two men, Jesus fulfills the Old Testament prophecies and shows a picture of great Israelite strength. However, the story becomes more unique when Jesus’s genealogy mentions two women, and even more specifically, women who were not direct descendants of the Israelites. In those times, the father was the only one ever mentioned as he was the face of the household. Furthermore, the Jewish people were God’s CHOSEN people, and they typically stayed away from the Gentiles at all costs. However, God takes great care in mentioning these people. Why? To show us that Jesus came from all types of people, who were used in different ways within God’s perfect plan, to save all types of people.
Hallelujah, thank you, Immanuel.
Jesus’s lineage was made up of all nations and classes, women and men, different vocations and backgrounds, and even before Christ was born, an angel sent by God christened him with a name meaning “God with us”.
Not just God with one or some, but with us, ALL of us.
The miracle of the Christmas story isn’t just about the savior the scriptures foretold about. The miracle of the Christmas story is that our Father in heaven loved us enough to send Immanuel, Jesus, the one who is with us, and the one who would atone our sins for us. God used all kinds of different people in this plan.
Do you know that God is using you now too? Do you know that He is with you today, just as He was thousands of years ago, and just as He will be in the future to come?
During this Christmas season, don’t forget to pause and praise God for the beautiful truth of the Christmas story and what it means for you.
Pray with us
Lord, as this Christmas season is upon us, help me to keep my eyes on the reason why we celebrate. Thank you for sending your Son here on earth all those years ago to save all of us, to save me. Thank you for showing us how you use all types of people to complete your plan. Please show us how we can be used this season. Help us to be obedient to what you call us to do. Thank you Lord for all you have done, are doing, and will do for us.