The Very First Words…

Categories: Grace Youth


By Kevin Maurice, Youth Pastor

In the early 1900s, a man named Reginald Fessenden developed a vision for a revolutionary technology that would change the world. Fessenden was an inventor who created a way to use radio waves, instead of cables and wires, to deliver communication from one place to another. We now call it AM radio. At first, all he could do was transmit Morse code signals, so Fessenden experimented with his invention on ships up and down the northeast coast of the United States, carrying the dots and dashes over the radio waves.

But this was just a small part of Fessenden’s dream for this new technology. And on Christmas Eve in1906, after 36 months of work, with no fanfare, no press release or media frenzy, Fessenden spoke some powerful words over the radio waves….

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
—Luke 2:14

In the middle of the night, in the silence of the winter cold, on Christmas Eve, Fessenden opened his Bible and into the silence, he read the Christmas story from Luke 2. The very first words ever spoken over a radio.

What an incredible moment! Can you imagine, if you were a ship captain, somewhere in the North Atlantic, listening for the distinctive taps of a Morse code transmission, when suddenly you heard a human voice? And that voice said, “Glory to God in the highest…”

The spoken word out of the silence. Something completely new that would change the world forever. Fessenden knew what he was doing that night. In a moment where he was changing forever how people would communicate and relate with one another, he chose to read about THE moment that forever changed how people related with God. Sharing his invented gift with the world, he chose to read about an even more exciting gift given by God to mankind. Luke 2, over the airwaves, praising the Lord, proclaiming, “Glory to God in the highest…”

After Fessenden had finished reading Luke 2, he picked up his violin, drew back the bow and began to play the very first song EVER transmitted on the radio. With no words, just instrumentally, into the silence, he played O Holy Night.

“O Holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
‘Til He appeared and the soul felt it’s worth”

As we enter into the Christmas season and 2016 draws to a close, please pray for the youth ministry of Grace Covenant Church. Pray for the leaders who work with students each and every week. Pray for the students to draw closer to God and, in turn, help others draw closer to God, as well. This has been a great semester for both RISE and REACH, and as we head into 2017, we will continue to strive to help students hear and understand the message of the Gospel. Our goal is that students will get to know the God who loves them and that they will develop a strong and lasting faith during their time with us.

Merry Christmas!