I think we have discovered a new Christmas tradition. I have previously mentioned the artistic beauty, poetic thoughtfulness, theological richness and deep meaning of Andrew Peterson’s Behold the Lamb of God. This set of songs trace the gospel roots of the Incarnation and remind us of the wonders of the Babe in the manger.
Last year for the first time, we saw Behold peformed live. It was really good. Last night, we saw it performed at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Peterson’s hometown– Nashville– with his close community of artists- friends. It was incredible. Peterson, Jill Phillips, Andrew Gullahorn and Ben Shive are at the forefront of acoustic-driven, theologically rich Christian music. They were joined by Brandon Heath, Leigh Nash and Sixpence None the Richer, Andrew Osenga and a couple of other guys from Caedmon’s Call, Ron Block and the fiddler from Union Station (Alison Krauss’ group), critically acclaimed folk singer Pierce Pettis and others, including a string quintet.
After leading the 1500 or so of us to sing ‘It is Well with My Soul” Andrew began with a quote from the children’s Jesus Story-book Bible ( which I have reviewed here before) reminding us that all of Scripture points to Messiah and the cross, and revolves around Jesus. Then came the full peformance of Behold. It is interesting to hear the mood shift from performance (applause after every song) to worship and even hushed quiet as people considered the fulness of the realiy of Christmas. To end with the acapella singing of ” O Come, All Ye Faithful” and the “Doxology” was beautiful. I can’t wait to go next year…
There is a 10th anniversary recording and DVD available. But until you get that, I’ll post as much as I can find here over the next few days.
Gather ‘Round, Ye Children
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel