Singing the Songs of Christmas - 12/24/2009

There was this farmer who lived out on the Great Plains had never traveled to a city of any size. But one day, a church choir trip allowed him to do just that ... travel to the big city. When he got back home, his wife asked him what he saw and what he learned. He told her all about it, including the fact that their group had attended church on Sunday in a huge cathedral church which had a really big choir. “They sang an anthem,” he told her. “What’s an anthem?” she asked. “Well,” he replied, “you know we sing hymns here at home. If I were to say to you, ‘Martha, the cows are in the corn, Amen,’ – that would be a hymn. “BUT ... IF I were to say, ‘Martha, Martha, Martha, the cows–the big cows, the little cows, the black cows, the red cows, the green cows, all the cows, all the cows, all the cows–are in the corn, the corn, the corn, the corn, Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen ... A ... Men.’ – THAT would be an anthem!” ... Read full sermon here (PDF).