Monday, December 30, 2013

HOPE WAS BORN THIS NIGHT

Dave Frey

Tonight I can see a star shine
And its splendor fills up the sky
It's the same that appeared and the wise men revered
When hope was born this night

Out upon the snowy fields
There's a silent peace that heals
And it echoes the grace of our Savior's embrace
Because hope was born this night

Glory to God in the highest
Peace on Earth, good will to all men
Let all of the world sing the chorus of joy
Because hope was born this night

I can hear the Christmas bells ring
As softly as a church choir sings
It's the song used to praise the ancient of days
When hope was born this night

There are angels in this place
And my heart resounds with the praise
Like a shepherd so scared, I'll rejoice and declare
That hope was born this night

Glory to God in the highest
Peace on Earth, good will to all men
Let all of the world sing the chorus of joy
Because hope was born this night

Friday, December 20, 2013

O HOLY NIGHT

Words:  Placide Cappeau
Translated by:  John Sullivan Dwight
Music:  Adolphe-Charles Adam

Oh 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 world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!

Fall on your knees
Oh hear the angel voices
Oh, night divine
Oh, night when Christ was born
Oh, night divine
Oh, 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 come the wise men from Orient land
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger
In all our trials born to be our friend

He knows our need, He guardeth us from danger!
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King! your King! before him 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
Oh, praise His name forever
His power and glory ever more proclaim
His power and glory ever more proclaim.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

YOU'RE HERE (MARY'S SONG)

Hold on now, I gotta take a deep breath
I don’t know what to say when I look in your eyes
You made the world before I was born
Here I am holding You in my arms tonight
Noel, Noel, Jesus our Emmanuel

You’re here
I’m holding You so near
I’m staring into the face of my Savior
King and Creator
You could’ve left us on our own
But You’re here

Don’t know how long I’m gonna have You for
But I’ll be watching when You change the world
Look at Your hands, they’re still so small
Someday You’re gonna stretch them out and save us all
Noel, Noel, God with us, Emmanuel

You’re here, I’m holding You so near
I’m staring into the face of my Savior
King and Creator
You could’ve left us on our own
Bbut you’re here, you’re here

Someday I’m gonna look back on this
The night that God became a baby boy
Someday You’re gonna go home again,
But You leave your spirit and flood the world with joy

You’ll be here, I’m holding You so near
I’m staring into the face of my Savior,
King and Creator
You could’ve left me on my own,
but you’re here…
You’re here
Hallelujah, You’re here

Friday, December 13, 2013

O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM


Phillips Brooks

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 wondering 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.

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

Thursday, December 12, 2013

NEW STAR SHINING


John J. Hall & Johanna D. Hall

They didn't own a house
No crib, no toys were waiting
Still, they had their love for
The child they were anticipating.
He was born one winter night
In a town called Bethlehem
They wrapped Him up so warm and tight
And said, "It looks like heaven's come down."

There was a new star shining
In the sky up above
By His light that winter night
They found peace and perfect love
If we want to find it, I know we always will
'Cause that new star is shining for us still.

They worried how to feed Him.
Simple trade was all they knew
It was hard enough to make ends meet
When there were only two.
But the cold, the dark, and hunger
Couldn't take away their joy
And they knew that they would find a way
For that precious baby boy.

There was a new star shining
In the sky up above
By His light that winter night
They found peace and perfect love
If we want to find it, I know we always will
'Cause that new star is shining for us still.

 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

O COME, O COME, EMMANUEL


 Translated by John Mason Neale

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

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer 
Our spirits by Thine advent here 
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night 
And death's dark shadows put to flight. 
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel 
Shall come to thee, O Israel. 

O come, Thou Key of David, come, 
And open wide our heavenly home; 
Make safe the way that leads on high, 
And close the path to misery. 
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel 
Shall come to thee, O Israel. 

O come, O come, Thou Lord of might, 
Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai's height, 
In ancient times didst give the Law, 
In cloud, and majesty and awe. 
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel 
Shall come to thee, O Israel. 


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

ROSE OF BETHLEHEM



Lowell Alexander

There's a Rose in Bethlehem
With a beauty quite divine
Perfect in this world of sin
On this silent, holy night

There's a fragrance much like hope
That it sends upon the wind
Reaching out to every soul
From a lowly manger's crib

Oh, Rose of Bethlehem
How lovely, pure and sweet
Born to glorify the Father
Born to wear the thorns for me

There's a Rose in Bethlehem
Colored red like mercy's blood
Tis the flower of our faith
Tis the blossom of God?s love

Though its bloom is fresh with youth
Surely what will be He knows
For a tear of morning dew
Is rolling down the Rose

There's a Rose in Bethlehem
With a beauty quite divine
Perfect in this world of sin
On this silent, holy night

Monday, December 9, 2013

BREATH OF HEAVEN


Chris Eaton and Amy Grant

I have traveled many moonless nights
Cold and weary, with a babe inside
And I wonder what I've done
Holy Father, you have come
And chosen me now
To carry your son

I am waiting in a silent prayer
I am frightened by the load I bear
In a world as cold as stone,
Must I walk this path alone?
Be with me now
Be with me now

Breath of heaven, Hold me together
Be forever near me Breath of heaven
Breath of heaven, Light up my darkness
Pour over me your holiness
For you are holy
Breath of heaven

Do you wonder as you watch my face
If a wiser one one should have had my place
But I offer all I am For the mercy of your plan
Help me be strong
Help me be
Help me

Breath of heaven, Hold me together
Be forever near me Breath of heaven
Breath of heaven, Light up my darkness
Pour over me your holiness
For you are holy
Breath of heaven

Friday, December 6, 2013

THE FIRST NOEL

 
The First Noel, the angels did say  
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay 
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep 
On a cold winter's night that was so deep. 

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

They looked up and saw a star 
Shining in the East beyond them far 
And to the earth it gave great light 
And so it continued both day and night. 

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

And by the light of that same star 
Three wise men came from country far 
To seek for a King was their intent 
And to follow the star wherever it went. 

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

This star drew nigh to the northwest 
O'er Bethlehem it took its rest 
And there it did both pause and stay 
Right o'er the place where Jesus lay. 

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

Then entered in those wise men three 
Full reverently upon their knee 
And offered there in His presence 
Their gold and myrrh and frankincense. 

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

Then let us all with one accord 
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord 
That hath made Heaven and earth of nought 
And with his blood mankind has bought. 

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

Thursday, December 5, 2013

MERRY CHRISTMAS WITH LOVE

She leaned with her head on the window
Watching evergreen bend in the snow
Remembering Christmas the way it had been
So many seasons ago.
When children would reach for their stockings
And open the presents they found
The lights on the tree would shine bright in their eyes
Reflecting the love all around.
But this year there's no one to open the gifts
No reason for trimming the tree
And just as a tear made it's way to the floor
She heard voices outside start to sing.

Merry Christmas to all who may dwell here
Merry Christmas if even just one
May the joy of the season surround you
Merry Christmas with love.

Carolers sang as she opened the door
Faces of friends in the crowd
And all of the shadows of lonely reminders
Were driven away by the sound.
Now the heart that for years had been silent
Was suddenly filled with a song
As she clung to their hands like a child in the night
She found her self singing along.

Merry Christmas to all who may dwell here
Merry Christmas if even just one
May the joy of the season surround you
Merry Christmas with love.


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

I HEARD THE BELLS ON CHRISTMAS DAY


John Mark Hall, Bernhard Herms, Dale Oliver

 I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play
And mild and sweet their songs repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men

And the bells are ringing
(Peace on earth)
Like a choir they're singing
(Peace on earth)
In my heart I hear them
(Peace on earth)
Peace on earth, good will to men

And in despair I bowed my head
There is no peace on earth I said
For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men

But the bells are ringing
(Peace on earth)
Like a choir singing
(Peace on earth)
Does anybody hear them?
(Peace on earth)
Peace on earth, good will to men

Then rang the bells more loud and deep
God is not dead, nor doth He sleep
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men

Then ringing singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good will to men

And the bells they're ringing
(Peace on earth)
Like a choir they're singing
(Peace on earth)
And with our hearts we'll hear them
(Peace on earth)
Peace on earth, good will to men

Do you hear the bells they're ringing?
(Peace on earth)
The life the angels singing
(Peace on earth)
Open up your heart and hear them
(Peace on earth)
Peace on earth, good will to men

Peace on earth, Peace on earth
Peace on earth, Good will to men