Music Notes

I want to again thank all of our leaders for their help with our Children’s Choir Ministry on Tuesday afternoons.  Thank you to each of you!

As we continue with our Advent focus, this week we consider Christ as peace.  We know Christ is mentioned as Peace (Prince of Peace) in Scripture.  Webster defines peace as the freedom of conflict and/or war.  But this definition fails to understand Christ as peace.  Christ offers peace in the midst of conflict and/or war.  This Sunday we will sing the hymn, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” written by Henry Longfellow.  Longfellow had suffered great pain and loss as his second wife died in a fire in which he was also badly burned in 1861.  This set off a period of depression in his life.  Then in 1863, his son joined the Union Army to fight in the Civil War.  He grew very sick and Henry cared for him until he was well.  Then later in that same year, his son suffered a serious gunshot would and Henry once again attended to his needs.  It was during this time, at Christmas, that Henry wrote the words we sing today.  The third verse makes this lament, “And in despair I bowed my head, ‘There is no peace on earth,’ I said, ‘for hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, good will to men.”  But it is because Henry experienced the Prince of Peace that the song doesn’t end there.  Here is the fourth verse, “Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: ‘God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; the wrong shall fail, the right prevail, with peace on earth, good will to men.”

That peace comes in the person and presence of Jesus Christ.  No matter what we are going through this year, we have peace in the person and presence of Jesus Christ.  It comes in yielding our life to Him and in doing so finding peace, comfort and joy!  See you Sunday!  Randy