Of all the Christmas music of the season, I associate the Christmas hymn, ‘Go, Tell it on the Mountain’ as a great “after Christmas” message to proclaim. But, as I’m thinking about the invitational nature of Christmas – and these Advent week’s leading up to Christmas, I’m reconsidering my appreciation.
“Go, tell it on the mountain, Over the hills and everywhere,
Go, tell it on the mountain; that Jesus Christ is born!”
With the weeks of Advent (meaning “coming”) focused on the first coming and birth of Jesus, this well known spiritual is declaration of the message we are entrusted to convey. The author of the hymn, it’s verses and message, does not suggest we keep quiet and keep this news to ourselves. The music of this song is upbeat and bouncing with joy, and this call, this charge, should be our good news for all. The “go, tell” is an invitation to experience the joy of Jesus and spread this joy wherever we may find ourselves. And the combination of “go, tell” is key. We can go somewhere and never say one word. Or we can speak of the joy, and never go anywhere. Witnessing to the birth of Jesus, and of our faith, requires both – going and telling, acting and speaking – because Jesus requires our whole being, not just one part but our bodies and voices, the fullness of who we are.
In these weeks leading us toward Christmas: Go and Tell of the Lord’s Day worship each Sunday, and of the beautiful music to enjoy; Go and Tell of the Wednesday worship at 5:45 P.M. and the musicians each week (Andrea Wittchen with her harp on Dec. 5; Ed Wargo with his flute on Dec. 12; Tom Heinz with his oboe on Dec. 19); Go and Tell of the annual Christmas Dinner and Party and Pageant at 5:00 P.M. on Dec. 16; Go and Tell of our Christmas Eve services at 4:00 P.M. and 10:00 P.M. (And, you can enjoy hearing our Chancel Handbell choir play an arrangement of “Go Tell It on the Mountain” during worship on Dec. 23rd and again on Christmas Eve!)
Allow yourself to be filled with the energy this season to go and tell some good news in a world in need.