Songs for Worship – December 22, 2019

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!”

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

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

O Little Town of Bethlehem

O little town of Bethlehem how still we see thee lie;
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by;
Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

For Christ is born of Mary and gathered all above;
While mortals sleep the angels keep their watch of wond’ring love;
O morning stars together proclaim the holy birth,
And praises sing to God, the King, and peace to men on earth!

How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is given;
So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of his heaven.
No ear may hear his coming but in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him still the dear Christ enters in;
Where meek souls will receive him till the dear Christ enters in!

O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us we pray;
Cast out our sin and enter in, be born in us today;
We hear the Christmas angels––the great glad tidings tell!
O come to us––abide with us––our Lord, Emmanuel!
O come to us––abide with us––our Lord, Emmanuel!

Words: Lewis Henry Redner; Music: Phillips Brooks; Arr. Will Milks; PD; CCLI License #11029770

O Holy Night

O holy night, the stars are brightly shining;
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!
O night, divine, O night, O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here came the wise men with gifts in their hands.
The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger,
In all our trials born to be our Friend!

He knows our need—to our weakness is no stranger.
Behold your King; before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King; before Him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His Gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother,
And in His Name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy Name!

Christ is the Lord! O praise His name forever!
His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!
His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!

Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!
O night, divine, O night, O night divine!

Words: Placide Cappeau; Trans. John S. Dwight; Music: Adolphe Charles Adam; 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/Music: William Chatterton Dix; 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 swaddling 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!
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.); 2nd bridge from “O Come, All Ye Faithful” attributed to John Francis Wade, trans. Frederick Oakeley; Music: verses by The Oh Hellos; 2nd bridge attributed to John Francis Wade; © 2013 The Oh Hellos; CCLI License #11029770

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