A few years ago, in ye-good-old student ministry days, Helen and I led a strand group at the AFES National Training Event. I think it was the year 2000.
We were doing a study of Romans 3:21-26 and we wrote this awesome (IMHO) song about it, to the tune of Jingle Bell Rock:
Propitiate propitiate propitiate wrath
God turns his anger away upon the cross
Because we are dodgy, in Jesus we trust,
And see that God is just!
We even had actions that went along with it.
Now I reckon it is still a pretty good summary of:
21 But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
So sing it to yourself a few times, and as you hear the pagan version you can sing along the gospel.
Sure it doesn’t really work as a kids song, nor a youth group or even adults carol – only University students can handle both the silliness and theological precision required here. And that is what I miss most about Uni ministry.