Anyone who has ever seen Sufjan Stevens perform live knows that he plays upwards of a dozen instruments, loves to experiment, and doesn’t seem to take himself too seriously. He’s am Anglo-Catholic. He said in an interview with Quietus, “I think the Good News is about grace and hope and love and a relinquishing of self to God. And I think the Good News of salvation is kind of relevant to everyone and everything . . . The basis of Christianity? It’s really a meal, it’s communion right? It’s the Eucharist. That’s it, it’s the sharing a meal with your neighbors and what is that meal? It’s the body and blood of Christ. Basically God offering himself up to you as nutrition. Haha, that’s pretty weird. It’s pretty weird if you think about that, but that’s the basis.” Stevens made a Christmas album called “Songs for Christmas” with one of my all time favorite Advent hymns on it. A great hymn for singing around the wreath, listen to “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” here:
1. Come, thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it, mount of thy redeeming love.
2. Here I raise mine Ebenezer; hither by thy help I’m come;
and I hope, by thy good pleasure, safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger, wandering from the fold of God;
he, to rescue me from danger, interposed his precious blood.
3. O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love; here’s my heart,
O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.