We Need a Silent Night in Here

It was 202 years ago when Silent Night was first heard by those attending Christmas Eve mass at St. Nicholas Church in Oberndorf, Austria.

It was written two years earlier by a young priest, Fr. Joseph Mohr in 1816, not long after the Napoleonic wars had taken their toll.

During a nighttime walk, Fr. Mohr was inspired by his view of the town at peace. He went home and penned the hymn. You’ve probably heard about the church organ needing repair on the Christmas Eve 1818. With no organ Fr. Mohr, with his guitar, and the choir director, Franz Xaver Gruber, who composed the tune, performed Silent Night for the first time.

The organ builder and repairman, who heard it, took the a copy of the song with them and shared it. The rest, you could say, is history. It has since become a Christmas Eve staple. That moment of holding our candles in our hands, and singing those familiar words touch us deeply.

It seems we need another silent night this year.

In 1818 the church was without an organ and they found a way to make beautiful music together. That worship gave glory to God and was no less meaningful for the congregation.

In 2020, we have a magnificent organ and a very capable organist.  We have piano and chimes too. What we’re missing is live singing.

This Advent season the inspiration for our worship each Sunday and on Christmas Eve will be the verses of Silent Night. I hope you’ll join us on Sunday mornings at 9 AM and on Christmas Eve at 3 PM or 5 PM in the sanctuary or on Facebook.

Due to limited space as a result of COVID restrictions, we are requiring advance registration for worship on Christmas Eve. Each service will be limited to 65 persons in the sanctuary. Please use the link at the end of this page to register you/your family’s participation, or call Brigette in the office.

This song, We Need a Silent Night in Here expresses my hopes and prayers for you, your family, our nation and world.

It’s the season of the year we come to celebrate.

In all our ways, from different paths we come to be,

Yet when we look around us,

   we see divisions everywhere,

Even friends and family can’t seem to agree.

 There are empty chairs for some

   around the table now.

Loved ones gone, others just can’t find their way.

But we lift our hopeful eyes,

   with open hearts and soul and mind,

In whatever way we know you,

   and however we might pray.

 We need a silent night in here.

We need your presence to come near.

Give us the hope we need and the peace we seek.

We need a silent night in here.

 Now we pray that we can find our shared humanity,

Knowing what affects just one affects us all,

When the darkness hides the light,

   it is the star that shines so bright,

With the courage to be change,

   lift us up before we fall.

 We need a silent night in here.

We need your presence to come near.

Give us the hope we need and the peace we seek.

We need a silent night in here.

 In the silence renew our sight.

Help us see you shining in the night.

Still the noise the world can give.

Come teach us how to live.

 We need a silent night in here.

We need your presence to come near.

Give us the hope we need and the peace we seek.

We need a silent night in here.

Merry Christmas!

Reserve your spot for Christmas Eve here: https://tinyurl.com/EandRChurchChristmasEveWorship

or call (262) 547-2424. To confirm your choice please reserve before Sunday, December 13.