Christmas season is upon us! It’s almost too good to be true. In fact, it seems far too early to be singing Christmas carols.
Why is that I wonder? These are some of the most wonderful worship songs ever written. Surely our every day should be a cry of “O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!”, not just our Decembers.
But even if Christmas shouldn’t be more worshipful than other times, it is still a great time for us to reflect on the beauty and majesty of our great God, and to worship Him from the deepest part of our souls.
This year our carols season began at Genesis Family Church in Kempton Park. We’ve played at Genesis a few times over the last year or two, and so it was a familiar feeling pulling into the driveway, driving around the new building up to the church, greeting Andre the talented sound man, and feasting on muffins and sandwiches and coffee!
The first gig in a tour is always a little nerve wracking, and this being our first Christmas service of the year, there were a few nervous laughs as we stepped us to begin singing. But soon we were in the swing of things, and the congregation sang along to all the familiar songs with great enthusiasm!
The highlight, at least for me, was singing Michael Card’s “Joseph’s Song”. We were lucky enough to record the song on our Born in Bethlehem album, and it’s always been a song that gets to me, as a I reflect on what Joseph must have felt in this calling of his to raise the Son of God. God hand picked him, you can bet that. He was just the man God needed to give Jesus the right start here on earth. Singing this song always convicts me on so many levels – would God have picked me? Could I have done the job Joseph did? Am I a man of integrity?
We rocked around the Christmas tree singing our praise, and packing up afterwards we felt sure that the people had worshiped and met with God. That’s what it’s about!
A few hours later we arrived to set up at Brackenhurst Methodist for some carols by candlelight out in the church grounds. And what a lovely afternoon – no clouds, no wind – just perfect!
And so we set up, did some sound checks… and the first cloud appeared.
Now, you highveld people know what I’m talking about here. Next thing we knew, a storm was close, and long rolls of thunder sounded ominously from above. We looked, and we thought, and we ummed and aah’ed … And then we decided to pray about it.
For those of you who might be reading this from outside of South Africa, let me give you a bit of background: our country is in a time of drought, and we’ve been praying for rain for months. Our dams are empty and we’ve had water restrictions this summer.
So as I started to pray it struck me: I can’t ask God to keep the rain away. Not only would it go against the needs of our nation, but there are thousands of people praying for rain. Who am I to compete with that!?
So we prayed, Lord bring the rain. If it can miss us for a few hours, let it be. But bring the rain!
We looked again, we thought again, we heard the thunder… And we decided to move inside. Rather that then sit and worry about the rain as we play, and risk damaging our equipment. We announced the change, and the good people all chipped in and helped carry our gear inside.
By the time we were all set up, the adrenaline was pumping! There was an excitement in the air, and the church was packed, We sang our songs, and the people danced, they clapped… and they sang. Oh boy did they sing! The sweet sound of the people of God singing together as one; it makes it all worth it for us.
As always, we finished off with Feliz Navidad, and then we were done. What a great day to start off the season.
All praise to God on high. He is worthy, He is holy, He is our delight.
We have a few more gigs lined up for the year. We hope to see you at one of them:
4 Dec: Primrose Methodist 08:00 and 09:30
4 Dec: Willows Methodist 18:00
5 Dec: St Catherine’s School 18:00
10 December: Home carols 18:00
11 December: Boksburg North Methodist 09:00
11 December: Hillside Community Church 18:00
16 December: Heidelberg Methodist @4 Seasons nursery 18:00
Luke’s solo album
Lastly, my new solo album, I Owe You Everything, is finally out! I’m very excited; this is a very personal collection of songs that I hope will give you great joy and peace. Feel free to come get your copy at any one of our gigs.
Have a listen to the songs here: https://lukepowell.bandcamp.com/album/i-owe-you-everything
Have a blessed December everyone, God bless from all of us here at CrossRoad.