Sun, Dec 23, 2018
Duration: 23 mins 20 secs
Big Idea: The last verse of the hymn invites us to lift our voices to SING. We are a people who HOPE, and so we can sing. This action was more radical for the people of Jesus' time because it required courage to resist the powers of empire that threatened "the least of these" that Jesus came to serve. Wherever there is injustice in this world, people who SING to Jesus as the real king are defying hopelessness.
Sun, Dec 02, 2018
Big Idea: One of the most famous stories about this beloved hymn took place in World War One, in 1914. British and German soldiers on the front lines called a truce on Christmas Day. So close were the encampments from one another, they could hear each other in the peaceful quiet of the truce singing "Silent Night," each in their own language. This prompted the soldiers to come out and meet on the battlefields, without weapons, and they spent the day playing soccer and exchanging small gifts -