This coming Sunday, December 12, I am serving as the worship leader at State College E-Free Church (SCEFC). I’ve been trying to decide how many traditional Christmas carols to incorporate into the set list. I grew up attending a church that sang only carols in December. In the years I’ve been at SCEFC there has not been a consistent handing of music in December. Some years no carols appeared until the week of Christmas, in other years they appeared in early December.
My current inclination is to incorporate two carols into the main set and use another one as the closing song. This would provide a 50-50 split between traditional carols and regular songs.
The theme I’ve been focusing on for Sunday is our need for a Savior. Over the past several days I’ve been toying with a main set list that incorporates O Come, O Come, Emmanuel and Come Thou Long Expected Jesus. This is what I’m currently leaning toward:
Prelude: (G) Refuge In You
(A) Mighty to Save
(Em) O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
(E) Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
(E) We Fall Down
Closing: Joy to the World
I’m curious if any of my readers have any thoughts or opinions regarding church music selection in December. Do you like singing traditional carols? Do you have any you really like or dislike?