Songs for Worship – December 23, 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!”

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Hark! The herald angels sing:
“Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth, and mercy mild;
God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations, rise;
Join the triumph of the skies;
With angelic host proclaim:
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!”

Hark! The herald angels sing:
“Glory to the newborn King!

Christ, by highest heav’n adored;
Christ, the everlasting Lord!
Late in time, behold him come––
Offspring of the virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see;
Hail the incarnate Deity!
Pleased as man with men to dwell––
Jesus, our Emmanuel!%Chorus

Hail the heav’n born Prince of Peace;
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings––
Ris’n with healing in His wings!
Mild he lays his glory by:
Born that man no more may die;
Born to raise the sons of earth;
Born to give them second birth!%Chorus

Words: Charles Wesley; Music: Felix Mendelssohn; PD; 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

What Child is This?

What child is this, who laid to rest, on Mary’s lap is sleeping;
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet, while shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and angels sing:
Haste, haste to bring him laud, the babe, the son of Mary.

Why lies he in such mean estate, where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christian, fear, for sinners, here, the silent Word is pleading!
Nails, spear shall pierce him through—the cross be borne for me, for you!
Hail, hail the Word made flesh, the babe, the son of Mary!

So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh; come, peasant, king, to own him;
The King of kings salvation brings, let loving hearts enthrone him.
Raise, raise the song on high, the virgin sings her lullaby:
“Joy, joy for Christ is born!” The babe, the son of Mary.

Words and Music: William Chatterton Dix; PD; CCLI License #11029770

Once in Royal David’s City

Once in royal David’s city stood a lowly cattle-shed,
Where a mother laid her baby, in a manger for his bed.
Mary was that mother mild, Jesus Christ her little child.

He came down to earth from heaven—who is God and Lord of all—
And his shelter was a stable, and his cradle was a stall.
With the poor, and mean, and lowly, lived on earth our Savior holy.

See, with us, he sympathizes; day by day, the Savior grew.
He was little, weak, and helpless; tears and smiles, like us, he knew.
And he feeleth for our sadness, and he shareth in our gladness!

Be assured, at last, you’ll see him—held fast by his steadfast love—
For that child, so dear and gentle, is our Lord in heav’n above!
And he leads his people on to the place where he has gone!

Words: Cecil Frances Alexander (1848); Alt. Will Milks; Music: Henry J. Gauntlett (1849); PD; CCLI License #11029770

Silent Night, Holy Night

Silent night, Holy night—all is calm, all is bright
‘Round yon virgin mother and child.
Holy infant, so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, Holy night—shepherds quake at the sight:
Glories stream from heaven afar,
Heav’nly hosts sing “Alleluia!
Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born!”

Silent night, Holy night—Son of God, love’s pure light,
Radiant beams from thy holy face,
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord at thy birth, Jesus, Lord at thy birth.

Words: Joseph Mohr, trans. John Freeman Young; Music: Franz Xaver Gruber; PD; 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, in the dawning of the King.
He the theme of heaven’s praises; robed in frail humanity.

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

O Come All, Ye Faithful

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold him born the King of angels.

O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.

God of God, Light of Light;
Lo, he abhors not the virgin’s womb;
Very God, begotten not created.   Chorus

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of heav’n above;
Glory to God, all glory in the highest.   Chorus

Yea, Lord, we great thee, born this happy morning;
Jesus, to thee be all glory giv’n;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing.   Chorus

Words and Music: John Francis Wade, trans. C. Frederick Oakeley (1841; alt); PD; CCLI License #11029770

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