Songs for Worship – December 16, 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!”

Praise the Father, Praise the Son

O sovereign God, O matchless King, The saints adore, the angels sing,
And fall before the throne of grace; To you belongs the highest praise.

These sufferings, this passing tide, Under your wings I will abide,
And every enemy shall flee; You are my hope and victory. 

Praise the Father, praise the Son, Praise the Spirit, Three in One!
Clothed in power and in grace, The Name above all other names. 

To the valley for my soul, Your great descent has made me whole,
Your Word my heart has welcomed home, Now peace like water ever flows.
   Chorus 2x

Yours is the kingdom, yours is the power, yours is the glory, forever!
Yours is the kingdom, yours is the power, yours is the glory, forever!
   Chorus

Words and Music: Chris Tomlin; © 2008 sixsteps Music; 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

How Great Our Joy

While by the sheep we watched at night,
Glad tidings brought an angel bright.

How great our joy! (Great our joy)
Joy, joy, joy! (Joy, joy, joy)
Praise we the Lord in heav’n on high!
Praise we the Lord in heav’n on high!

There shall be born, so he did say,
In Bethlehem a child today.   Chorus

There shall the child lie in a stall,
This child who shall redeem us all.   Chorus

This gift of God we’ll cherish well,
That ever joy our hearts shall fill.   Chorus

Words: Theodore Baker; Music: Hugo Jüngst (1890); 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

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; Alt. Arr. Will Milks; © 2013 The Oh Hellos

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