Cookies & Carols – December 14, 2018

Resources for personal devotion and/or family worship—whether planned or impromptu (e.g., like singing together in the car).

These song arrangements will differ in varying degrees from what you’ll hear at Cross Park, yet these melodies will prepare you for making “a joyful noise to the LORD!”

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here,
Until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel,
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
From depths of hell thy people save,
And give them victory o’er the grave!   Chorus

O come, Thou Dayspring from on high,
And cheer us by thy drawing nigh;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight!   Chorus

O come, Thou Key of David, come
And open wide our heav’nly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high
And close the path to misery!   Chorus

Words: John Mason Neale; Music: Thomas Helmore; PD; CCLI License #11029770

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

Come, thou, long-expected Jesus—born to set thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us; let us find our rest in thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art,
Dear Desire of every nation, Joy of every longing heart.

Joy to those who long to see thee, Dayspring from on high, appear;
Come, thou promised Rod of Jesse—of thy birth we long to hear!
O’er the hills the angels singing news, glad tidings of a birth:
“Go to him, your praises bringing; Christ the Lord has come to earth!”

Come to earth to taste our sadness, he whose glories knew no end;
By his life he brings us gladness, our Redeemer, Shepherd, Friend.
Leaving riches without number, born within a cattle stall;
This the everlasting wonder: Christ was born the Lord of all!

Born thy people to deliver, born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever, now thy gracious Kingdom bring:
By thine own eternal Spirit rule in all our hearts alone,
By thine all-sufficient merit raise us to thy glorious throne.

Words: Charles Wesley and Mark E. Hunt; Music: Rowland Hugh Pritchard; CCLI License #11029770

Labor of Love

It was not a silent night,
There was blood on the ground.
You could hear a woman cry
In the alleyways that night
On the streets of David’s town;

And the stable was not clean,
And the cobblestones were cold
And little Mary, full of grace,
With the tears upon her face,
Had no mother’s hand to hold.

It was a labor of pain,
It was a cold sky above!
But for the girl on the ground in the dark,
With every beat of her beautiful heart,
It was a labor of love.

Noble Joseph at her side—
Callused hands and weary eyes.
There were no midwives to be found
In the streets of David’s town
In the middle of the night.

So he held her and he prayed,
Shafts of moonlight on his face
But the baby in her womb,
He was the Maker of the moon,
He was the Author of the faith,
That could make the mountains move!   Chorus

For little Mary, full of grace,
With the tears upon her face,
It was a labor of love.

Words and Music: Andrew Peterson; © 2005 New Spring; CCLI License #11029770

Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

Come behold the wondrous mystery, in the dawning of the King.
He the theme of heaven’s praises; robed in frail humanity.
In our longing, in our darkness, now the light of life has come.
Look to Christ, who condescended; took on flesh to ransom us.

Come behold the wondrous mystery: he the perfect Son of Man.
In his living, in his suffering never trace nor stain of sin.
See the true and better Adam come to save the hell-bound man.
Christ the great and sure fulfillment of the law; in him we stand.

Come behold the wondrous mystery: Christ the Lord upon the tree.
In the stead of ruined sinners hangs the Lamb in victory.
See the price of our redemption; see the Father’s plan unfold.
Bringing many sons to glory—grace unmeasured, love untold.

Come behold the wondrous mystery: slain by death the God of life.
But no grave could e’er restrain him—praise the Lord, he is alive!
What a foretaste of deliverance; how unwavering our hope.
Christ in power resurrected as we will be when he comes.
What a foretaste of deliverance; how unwavering our hope.
For no grave could e’er restrain him; praise the Lord, he is alive!

Music and Words: Matt Papa, Matt Boswell and Michael Bleecker; © 2013 Love Your Enemies; CCLI License #11029770

Joy to the World

Joy to the world—the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare him room,
And heav’n and nature sing, and heav’n and nature sing,
And heav’n, and heav’n and nature sing. 

Joy to the earth—the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy, repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy. 

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make his blessings flow
Far as the curse is found, far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as the curse is found. 

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of his righteousness
And wonders of his love, and wonders of his love,
And wonders, wonders of his love.

Words: Isaac Watts; Music: George Frederick Handel; PD; CCLI License #11029770

Angels We Have Heard on High

Angels we have heard on high, sweetly singing o’er the plains,
And the mountains in reply echo back their joyous strains!

Shepherds, why this jubilee? Why your joyous strains prolong?
Say what may the tidings be, which inspire your heav’nly song?
Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Come to Bethlehem and see him whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee Christ the Lord, the newborn King!
Gloria in excelsis Deo! Gloria in excelsis Deo!

See him in a manger laid, Jesus, Lord of heaven and earth!
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid—with us sing our Savior’s birth.
Gloria in excelsis Deo! Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Words: Edward Shippen Barnes; Music: James Chadwick; Arr. Michael Van Patter; CCLI License #11029770

Thou Who Wast Rich

Thou who wast rich beyond all splendor,
All for love’s sake becamest poor;
Thrones for a manger didst surrender,
Sapphire-paved courts for stable floor.
Thou who wast rich beyond all splendor,
All for love’s sake becamest poor. 

Thou who art God beyond all praising,
All for love’s sake becamest man;
Stooping so low but sinners raising
Upward by thine eternal plan.
Thou who art God beyond all praising,
All for love’s sake becamest man. 

Thou who art love beyond all telling,
Savior and King, we worship thee.
Emmanuel, within us dwelling,
Make us what thou wouldst have us be.
Thou who art love beyond all telling,
Savior and King, we worship thee. 

Words: Frank Houghton; © OMF International (UK); Music: Traditional French carol; PD; CCLI License #11029770

Begin and Never Cease (Mvmt II)

While shepherds watched their flocks by night
All seated on the ground,
The angel of the Lord came down
and glory shone around!

“Fear not!” said he—for mighty dread
had seized their troubled minds—
“Glad tidings of great joy I bring,
to you and all mankind,
to you and all mankind!”

O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy!

“To you, in David’s town this day,
is born of David’s line,
the Savior, who is Christ the Lord,
and this shall be the sign: 

The Heavenly Babe you there shall find
to human view displayed,
and meanly wrapped in swathing bands,
and in a manger laid.” 

O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy!
O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy!

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel!
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel!
Born is the King of Israel!
Born is the King of Israel!

O come, let us adore him; O come, let us adore him;
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!
O come, let us adore him; O come, let us adore him;
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord! 

“All glory be to God on high,
And to the earth be peace!
Good will henceforth from God to man:
Begin and never cease, begin and never cease,
Begin and never cease!”

Words: verses by Edith Sanford Tillotson and Nahum Tate (1700); chorus from “God Rest, Ye Merry Gentlemen” an English Carol (18th cent.); 1st bridge from “The First Noel” anonymous; 2nd bridge from “O Come, All Ye Faithful” attributed to John Francis Wade, trans. Frederick Oakeley; Music: verses by The Oh Hellos; chorus unknown composer; 1st bridge unknown; 2nd bridge attributed to John Francis Wade; © 2013 The Oh Hellos

Dawning Light of Our Salvation

Long in darkness Israel wandered;
Long, in mortal shadows, we
Walked in bondage and self-pity,
Trod in paths of sin and grief.
In the prophets’ words he told us,
Long the God of Israel spoke,
He alone in strength would save us
From the hands of all our foes.

Every valley, be exalted!
Every mountain, be made plane!
Crooked ways, repent and straighten!
All creation, bend in praise!

He shall raise a mighty Savior;
Born of David’s lineage, he
Comes in cov’nant love to claim us,
From our sins to set us free.
Light to those who dwell in darkness,
Life to those from death who flee,
Joy unto the earth, and gladness,
To your pathways dawning peace!   Chorus

Jesus, Lord, and mighty Savior,
David’s Son, and yet his King,
Dawning Light of our salvation,
Of your saving pow’r we sing!
Stand, O lame, and dance, ye broken,
Know the Savior’s healing grace;
Come, O deaf, and hear him singing;
Turn, O blind, behold his face!   Chorus

Words: Wendell Kimbrough; Music: Bruce Benedict; © 2012 Cardiphonia; CCLI License #11029770

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