As we embark on another Christmas carolling season, I was deeply moved by a Youtube clip of a flash mob performing at the South Bay Galleria in Redondo Beach, captivating the hearts of their unsuspecting audience. This clip reminded me that by playing or singing Christmas carols in public places we are actually facilitating a time of public worship in our community. Think about the words of the carols we play or sing:
"O come let us adore him, Christ the Lord!"
"Hark! the herald angels sing; Glory to the new-born King"
"Joy to the world! the Lord is come; Let earth receive her King"
"Hallelujahs to our King, Jesus Christ is here"
Every year I watch shoppers stop, listen, hum or sing familiar words that are as overtly an act of worship as anything we sing in church on any given Sunday. I wonder if the 'good feeling' and 'good will' that accompanies Christmas carol events comes from the same Spirit who inhabits the worship of every believer? Imagine, then, the life transforming potential of such a season for those who have not yet had a relational encounter with Jesus. Imagine, also, the divine opportunities that Christmas carolling presents those who are in relationship with the Christ of Christmas.
Let us not miss a moment this Christmas to fully engage in a season when worship is welcomed in our community!