Issues Etc — Sacred Music for the Christmas Season

Sacred Music for the Christmas Season from Lutheran Public Radio:



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About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord,, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at


Issues Etc — Sacred Music for the Christmas Season — 10 Comments

  1. 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.”

  2. @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.

  3. 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”

  4. 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
    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

  5. 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 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.

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