Did you know that when Charles Wesley wrote “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” in 1739 he actually wrote it as “Hark How All the Welkin Ring”? Welkin is an archaic term for sky or heavens. I see this as the inspiration for some new idioms for Christians to use. We could start saying things like “out of the clear blue welkin” or “the welkin’s the limit” or “pie in the welkin”. OK. Enough.
Fortunately, like many out-of-touch pastors, Wesley was smart enough to have a really hip friend (well, 18th century hip, that is). His friend’s name was George Whitefield and Whitefield re-wrote the hymn to the more poetic and friendly “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”. Wesley also set the words to slow and somber music which was upgraded about 100 years later by Mendelsohn.
All this is to say—come to the Congregational Church Caroling Party and raise your voices to the welkin!
This Sunday, December 21 at 4:00 PM.
We will meet at the church and then sing our way across town.
All voices welcome! Pizza to follow.