"God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen" is among the many carols with cryptic meaning and origins. It's a 16th century English tune that has evoked commentaries about the lyricists' commentary on the state of the Church in England, warrior soldiers, uninspiring worship music, bar culture and punctuation.
There has been much conversation lately about the meaning of some songs that have become associated with the Christmas season. That is, they are songs generally sung during the Thanksgiving and New Year's holidays then not heard again for another 12 months.
Without assessing a viewpoint on a particular song, we agree it is good to frequently examine what we sing and what we say. Scripture reminds us to do so, especially teachings, spirits and ourselves. Re-examination not only yields growth, it also deepens discoveries that yield fruit. Those who lead music for Christian worship are regularly challenged to test the lyrics of newer songs for theological accuracy as well as singability.
Undoubtedly Christmas and Easter are two of the most popular and celebrated holidays of our culture, even among people who do not understand or believe in the central focus of their praise: That God, the Creator of Life, offers a permanent relationship with humans through the life work of His emissary Jesus The Christ.
Beneath the catchy or reflective melodies often heard during holiday galas are provocative, inspiring poems whose depth is often missed, even by the most passionate Christ-follower.
We explored those poems, revisited the Scriptures that inspired them and discovered the depth of their lyrical message: What Jesus endured to save humans — who by nature rebel (or “sin”) against God — from eternal separation from God (eternal death, or “hell”). The result is a new production based on a previous premise: Singing the music of Christmas as Easter carols.
The KIT 'n' Kaboodle Blog
The essays here are culled from our travels, conversations, worship experiences and discoveries.
Many are reprints from our newsletter, The KIT 'n' Kaboodle, or Facebook notes over time.
They're written by our ensemble, Garlan Garner, Michael Edgar Myers or Vikki J. Myers -- solo, or collectively.