God breaks through silence in unexpected ways.
Starting last week, this week, and next week, we are taking some time in our preparation for and anticipation of the holiday season to look at Luke, chapters 1 and 2. We'll study the different songs that came out of people's mouths as a response to the birth of Jesus. Nowhere else in Scripture, in such a small section, are there three songs in such quick succession.
Last week we heard about Mary's song. This morning we're going to focus on Zechariah's song. As the promise of the Messiah began to unfold, Zechariah needed to convey his emotions in a way that words weren't sufficient. So he turned to a song. There's something about a song that has an evocative nature in it when words aren't enough. They're able to convey very strong emotions and thoughts, and you and I are decidedly marked by the songs we hear.
Some of you remember years ago on TV there was a television show called Name That Tune, and you would get three or five notes with which to name that tune. So we're going to have a little fun this morning. We're going to go through some songs to see just how good you are, and what feelings they evoke in you.
All right, so let's start with the first one. [Play a few notes from a song.] That was the Glenn Miller, "In the Mood." The early service got that much quicker than you guys did. The Saturday evening service didn't get it at all last night. There is something about that song for me. I grew up with two parents in the '50s and the '60s who were amazing dancers, and they would go to dance clubs where they would play Big Band music. I was eight years old sipping on my Shirley Temple, watching my mom and dad get up on the dance floor. Literally, just like in the movies, people would back off and form a circle ...