Where Shepherds Lately Knelt: A Reflection by Pat Leege

As an organist, I find it hard to choose any one Advent or Christmas hymn as a favorite.  I have many favorites.  One of the more contemporary hymns that unite Advent and Christmas is Where Shepherds Lately Knelt, text by Jaroslav Vajda, sung to the tune Manager Song by Carl Schalk.  This song has a […]

Hark The Herald Angels Sing: A Reflection by Bob Unger

There are so many Christmas Carols that I have come to love – those from the rich tradition of our hymnals; those from the traditions of other Christian denominations; all the carols I have rehearsed for the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, and Christmas Concerts, as the Director of the Appleton Boychoir, the Badger […]

From Heaven Above to Earth I Come: A Reflection by Kevin Hildebrand

  As the church reflects on this past year’s 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a fitting way to sing the Christmas story is Martin Luther’s own “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come.”  It’s always remarkable when a song that was written nearly five centuries ago is still used and loved.  One of the reasons […]

“X-mas” and “Christmas” by Bill Cwirla

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.   John 1:14 (ESV) I’ve decided to use both “Xmas” and “Christmas” this year but not interchangeably. “Xmas” will refer to the “holidays” – that most wonderful time of the […]