I volunteered to run the sound system and computer for the worship service yesterday. I always go into those mornings nervously. I contend that sound systems and other media items in churches are inhabited by little gremlins that like to (dilemma here, do I use the word I really want to or do I edit myself?) make even the most basic, non-eventful morning go haywire. (Edited version, in case you were wondering.)
It all was going well until I put the CD in to play before worship and the sound didn't come through the speakers. I checked all the buttons, looked to make sure it was playing and still nothing. So I looked at the myriad of wires spilling around the sound board and attempted to ascertain if the CD player was, in fact, plugged into the sound board. Seconds later I looked up and saw the blue screen of death. Not on the computer but from the projector. Oh s...................... I jiggled wires, I checked connections, I looked at the time and knew Plan B had to happen...what Plan B was I had no idea. I raced down to the main floor, alerted the worship leaders and raced back up to jiggle wires some more. Finally I found the one connection seeming to be the issue and we were back in black. Hal-le-luh-jah!!! I was then afraid to touch anything for fear of that blue screen of death returning...seriously hate that screen.
We still went with Plan B. Instead of previously chosen songs that needed to be projected on the screen, we had a hymn sing of sorts. This was supposed to happen. Three older people chose songs and then one of the teens from the balcony raised his hand. "Hymn 123, please." His choice? O Come, O Come Emmanuel.
Now, I know this teen. He could very well have been choosing that song because he liked that it was hymn 1,2,3. Whatever the reason, we sang this hymn of longing, expectation and waiting and eventually celebration. It was beautiful.
I believe we need to sing Christmas/Advent songs all year long not just in the 4 weeks leading up to Christmas, and yesterday whether in jest or not, we did, thanks to one teenage boy.
"O Come O Come Emmanuel"