It’s November which means I can officially start posting about Christmas! I know for most ministry workers this is both an exciting and extremely stressful time of year. Many hours of planning, preparation, rehearsing, and designing go into holiday services and events. For now, I’d like to kick of the season with some of my favorite Christmas song arrangements. I hope these songs get you in the holiday spirit as well as give you some inspiration for your worship services.
Grab some hot chocolate, put on your ugliest sweater, and prepare for an awesome Christmas jam session!
OUR GOD – LINCOLN BREWSTER
I absolutely love this arrangement! I mean, come on, it’s Lincoln Brewster so it’s going to be nothing short of epic. This is a great song to incorporate early in the season because it gives a Christmas feel to a worship song your congregation already loves with the addition of the chorus from “O Come All Ye Faithful” after the bridge. In fact, this entire album is insanely awesome. If you haven’t heard Miraculum, you need to! Prepare to have your mind blown!
JOY TO THE WORLD/SHOUT FOR JOY – PAUL BALOCHE
This is a great mashup! Paul Baloche’s version of “Joy the the World/Shout for Joy” is the perfect mix of a classic Christmas song and a contemporary worship song. This song can easily be stripped down for a more acoustic set or you can add synth sounds and more electric guitar with distortion for a rock feel. I’ve used this arrangement both ways in a worship service environment and I think it works very well no matter how you choose to play it. The acapella ending also makes transitioning into another song incredibly easy. If your congregation already knows and loves “Shot for Joy”, I highly recommend incorporating this version for the holidays!
JOY TO THE WORLD – DAVID CROWDER BAND
If “Shout for Joy” isn’t really your style but you’d still like a unique rendition of “Joy to the World” you should check out the David Crowder Band version. I think they did a fantastic job of giving this arrangement a completely new feel without taking away the warm Christmas quality of the song. It’s definitely a fun and upbeat version without going over the top.
O HOLY NIGHT – REYER REMIX
“O Holy Night” has got to be my favorite Christmas song of all time! While I love the classic piano or acoustic driven versions, the remix by Reyer is really incredible. If you’re looking for a song that breaks all the traditional Christmas song rules and takes it to the next level, this is the arrangement for you. It may not be practical for every church environment, but for a youth service or in a more modern church setting this could be the perfect fit.
SILENT NIGHT (LORD OF MY LIFE) – LADY ANTEBELLUM
During the holidays many churches have special communion, candle lighting, Christmas offering, and Hanging of the Greens services. I can picture this arrangement being perfect for any of those events. It’s a beautiful rendition of the song with an added twist that makes it an ever more worshipful version. If you’re looking for a special music piece to add in this Christmas season, this may be just what you’re looking for.
O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL – REND COLLECTIVE
Rend Collective does a wonderful job with their version of “O Come All Ye Faithful”. They give it their usual folk style feel without detracting from the song itself. This may even be a good song to use if you’re trying to find an arrangement that you can incorporate a kids or youth choir into.
O COME, O COME, EMMANUEL – MATT MAHER
I have saved my favorite for last! I’m always impressed with the music of Matt Maher and this Christmas arrangement is no exception. I promise after you hear it for the first time you’ll have it on repeat. His addition of a bridge and musical build transforms this piece into a powerful song that can fit into almost any worship setting. In true Matt Maher fashion, he creates an incredible atmosphere of worship with this piece and if you only use one arrangement from this entire article I truly hope it’s this one.