While I was a youth, I never noticed that “Advent” was a thing. I’m sure my Sunday school teachers and parents talked about it…and I’m POSITIVE they mentioned it during church services that I officially didn’t pay much attention to. Our church is using the Advent material from Leader Magazine this year. It is titled: The Holy Way: Walking in the Way of God’s Heart. Being in that mindset, the songs in this month’s playlist all tie to the theme of having God’s Heart around the holidays.
I also thought I would share some of my favorite non-traditional Christmas songs. While some of my youth enjoy hymns every now & then, most do not lunge for a hymnal at any time of year. When it comes to finding songs that will surprise them and helps them learn a new angle of the Christmas message, I’ve come back to a few of these songs. In the process, I found a few new songs that I can’t wait to try with them all!
I don’t have individual reasons why I’ve chosen each one this month, but you’ll see there is one classic song title in the mix, Hark the Herald Angels Sing. Penatonix Christmas album was actually a Christmas present from one of my youth last year and I felt like that song does a great job of turning a classic message into something our youth actually love listening to.
I pray these will bless your advent moments, as well as any you may use for devotion helpers for youth group.
Ashley Litwiller, pastor of youth and worship at Arthur Mennonite (IL)