I never fully understood Advent until my wife and I experienced seven years of infertility. During those years each Christmas was more difficult than the last. Underneath the bliss of parties and cheery songs hid a deep sorrow that was only welcome in the church.
Here is a quote from my friend Ryan Flanigan about the season:
…we put ourselves in the countercultural posture of silence and waiting. We refrain from the instantaneous gratification of getting whatever we want when we want. And we allow ourselves to feel our need for a savior. tweet
For worship leaders and planners there is a beautiful tension we can highlight in the songs, visuals and prayers we oversee. As much as I appreciate the rich legacy of our Christmas Hymns, I love to search for (and create) new expressions that highlight the happy-sad season of Advent. Here are 10 hidden gems that people can and will sing during the Advent season.
Come Lord Jesus (A Song for Advent)
Diane Thiel-Sharp – Vineyard Worship USA
The Sun Will Rise
Emmanuel (God Has Come to Us)
Marty Reardon – Trinity Anglican Mission
Words and Stars
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
Sandra McCracken and Derek Webb
Rejoice in the Promised One
Poured Out Like Wine
God With Us
All Sons and Daughters
Samuel Lane – Vineyard Records UK
Casey Corum – Vineyard Worship
Name Above All Names
Adam Russell – Vineyard Worship
My name is Mike O’Brien and I am passionate about teaching and mentoring through music. My calling is to use my experience as a producer, worship leader, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist to come alongside musicians, helping them more fully worship God with their instrument and lives. Find out more how I can help your worship leaders and teams HERE.