Issues Etc — Sacred Music for the Christmas Season

December 7th, 2011 Post by

Sacred Music for the Christmas Season from Lutheran Public Radio:

 

 

Post updated to add the below:






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  1. Rev. David Mueller
    December 8th, 2011 at 18:41 | #1

    Cool. And they are playing Christmas music for *Christmas*–*not* for Advent.

  2. mbw
    December 8th, 2011 at 23:52 | #2

    Another source of great sacred, choral and classical music for Advent, Christmas and year ’round can be found at http://classic99.com

  3. LW
    December 9th, 2011 at 10:01 | #3

    Sounds good. I look forward to listening to LPR with my family as we celebrate Christmas this year.

  4. Matthew Gunia
    December 9th, 2011 at 11:45 | #4

    I’m very happy about this…but would have been even happier if they were live streaming the sacred music of Advent during the month of December. It would be nice to have an alternative to such hits like “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and horribly mangled renditions of “O Holy Night.” Although, I will admit my guilty pleasure of enjoying “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.”

  5. December 9th, 2011 at 11:47 | #5

    I’ve updated the post to add the MP3 for it as well.

  6. Rev. David Mueller
    December 10th, 2011 at 17:04 | #6

    @Matthew Gunia #4
    Agreed! Maybe they can do something like that next year.

    Why is “O Holy Night” seemingly the “gold standard” for a “serious” “spiritual” Christmas piece? And stations play it something like 4X/hour at this point in Dec.

  7. mbw
    December 12th, 2011 at 18:12 | #7

    Rev. David Mueller :
    @Matthew Gunia #4
    Agreed! Maybe they can do something like that next year.
    Why is “O Holy Night” seemingly the “gold standard” for a “serious” “spiritual” Christmas piece? And stations play it something like 4X/hour at this point in Dec.

    My sinful impatient flesh is even tempted to tire of actual Advent hymn O Come O Come Emmanuel in actual Advent services.

    Yet maybe millions who know almost nothing about it all are hearing, in Wal-Marts across the nation: “It is the night of our dear Saviour’s birth; Long lay the world in sin and error pining … A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. Fall on your knees! O hear the angels’ voices! O night divine, O night when Christ was born”

  8. mbw
    December 19th, 2011 at 14:04 | #8

    The One Who Saves

    Everyday we hear about wars, disasters and catastrophes happening somewhere in the world. Sometimes the calamity is closer to home with the loss of a job or a negative medical report that might leave us wondering if God is still there. No matter what happens to us in this world, God is in control and peace is the gift we receive from the joy of knowing “the one who saves,” our Lord, Jesus Christ. These words beautifully remind us of the precious gift of Christ:

    God loved the world so much He sent His Son.
    From Satan’s grasp, Jesus set us free.
    And through His life and death the battle was won.
    He gave us life for eternity.
    “Lift Your Eyes A Creation Hymn Part 3″
    Written by Joan Voges and Chris Bergmann

    That is why the news of Christ at Christmas is so important to the world. This is the Gospel Message broadcast everyday on KFUO Radio. In times of joy and in times of sadness KFUO proclaims Christ crucified for us and Christ victorious over sin and death for us!

    Please partner with us as we proclaim this wonderful gift of Salvation everyday of the year — the Christmas message for all people. We hope you will prayerfully consider a gift of $85 or more to continue the radio Gospel outreach of KFUO.

    God bless you always. May you have a joyous and peace filled Christmas having received this most precious gift from God!

    Rejoice! Immanuel (God with us!),

    Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison
    President
    The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod

    PS: As a thank you for partnering with KFUO Radio, we would like to send you the CD “Lift Your Eyes.” This is the same CD with songs of prayer and praise that we offered during our Sharathon. We’ve received so many compliments about the peaceful music we wanted to make it available to you again. Perhaps you might want to give it to someone as a gift, so they also know the Good News of Christ at Christmas.

    To support this ministry by mail, send your gift to:

    KFUO Radio
    85 Founders Lane
    St. Louis, MO 63105

    Questions: Call Joanie Harwell or Mary Schmidt at 800-844-0525

  9. mbw
    December 21st, 2011 at 11:01 | #9

    Another nice option is that the synod’s radio station (the only Lutheran radio station in the world, I am told) KFUO will be playing continuous Christmas music Friday 12/23 through Monday 12/26.

    AM 850 in St. Louis; streaming at http://kfuo.org everywhere.

    I also heard Table Talk on KFUO last Saturday. This is now regular programming at 9:30 AM Saturdays, central US time; 15:30 universal time.

    We are blessed to have several streams to choose from this Christmas.

  10. mbw
    December 21st, 2011 at 11:03 | #10

    Rev. David Mueller :
    Cool. And they are playing Christmas music for *Christmas*–*not* for Advent.

    Our church has done a number of Christmas and even Epiphany hymns during this Advent-time.

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