John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

Christmas Eve

Well, now that it's no longer Christmas I don't feel so bad about dissing the Christmas Eve service I went to the other night.

  • I didn't like the hymns. Well, that's not quite right. I like "Angels from the Realms of Glory" and "What Child Is This" and "The First Noel," but to me it just doesn't seem like a Christmas Eve service without "Joy to the World."
  • The service was billed as a "traditional worship," but there were no scripture readings, just a monologue by a guy dressed as Joseph. I don't think of that sort of thing as being particularly traditional.
  • I didn't particularly care for one of the two anthems, a treacly CCM-sounding number called "Joseph's Song." I just Googled the composer, and he is, in fact, a Contemporary Christian Music artist, Michael Card, and the song performed at the service originally appeared on one of his albums. So, good call on my part. Nothing against CCM, mind you -- in fact, Card wrote a favorite song of mine, Amy Grant's "El Shaddai" -- but it's out of place in a service billing itself as "traditional worship."
  • A quote from the sermon: "It didn't just happen for Joseph; it happened for you and I." Me am disturbed by that grammar!

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