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Night of Carols and Christmas Cheer!

December 6, 4:30pm at Raleigh Little Theater

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Lyrics

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

God rest ye merry gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember Christ our Savior
Was born upon this day

To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

From God our heavenly Father
A blessed angel came
And unto certain shepherds
Brought tidings of the same

How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by name
O tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

“Fear not” then said the Angel
“Let nothing you affright
This day is born a Savior
Of a pure Virgin bright

To free all those who trust in Him
From Satan’s pow’r and might
Oh tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
Oh tidings of comfort and joy

Oh star of wonder star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading still proceeding
Guide us to thy perfect light

Now to the Lord sing praises
All you within this place
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace

This holy child of Christmas
Shall fill our hearts with grace
Oh tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
Oh tidings of comfort and joy

Angels We Have Heard on High - Lyrics

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

Glo – ria in excelsis Deo
Glo – ria in excelsis Deo

Shepherds why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
Say what may the tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song?

Glo – ria in excelsis Deo
Glo – ria 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

Glo – ria in excelsis Deo
Glo – ria in excelsis Deo

See within a manger laid
Jesus Lord of heaven and earth
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid
With us sing our Savior’s birth

Glo – ria in excelsis Deo
Glo – ria in excelsis Deo

The First Noel - Lyrics

The First Noel

The first Noel the angel 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 whersoever it went

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 hath bought

Noel Noel Noel Noel
Born is the King of Israel

Noel Noel Noel Noel
Born is the King of Israel

Oh Holy Night - Lyrics

Oh Holy Night

O holy night The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till He appear’d 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 Oh night Divine

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 evermore proclaim
His power and glory evermore proclaim

Scripture Reading and Quote

Matthew 1:18-25

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
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Reader: The word of the Lord.
Ekklesia: Thanks be to God.

 

Frederick Buechner

“The child [is] born in the night among the beasts… the sweet breathe and steaming dung of the beasts. And nothing is ever the same again. Those who believe in God can never in a way be sure of him again. Once they have seen him in a stable, they can never be sure where he will appear or to what lengths he will go or to what ludicrous depths of self-humiliation he will descend in his wild pursuit of us.

And this means that we are never safe, that there is no place where we can hide from God, no place where we are safe from his power to break in two and recreate the human heart because it is just where he seems most helpless that he is most strong, and just where we least expect him that he comes most fully.”

... and a few Christmas songs you won't find in the hymnal

RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER

You know Dasher and Dancer And Prancer and Vixen,
Comet and Cupid And Donner and Blitzen.
But do you recall The most famous reindeer of all?

Rudolph the red-nose reindeer, Had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it, You would even say it glows
All of the other reindeer, Used to laugh and call him names;
They never let poor Rudolph, Join in any reindeer games
Then one foggy Christmas Eve, Santa came to say
Rudolph with your nose so bright, Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?

Then all the other reindeer loved him, As they shouted out with glee
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, You’ll go down in history
You’ll go down in history

 

JINGLE BELLS

Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh,
O’er the fields we go, laughing all the way.
Bells on bob-tails ring, making spirits bright,
What fun it is to ride and sing a sleighing song tonight. Oh!

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!
Oh what fun it is to ride In a one-horse open sleigh, hey!
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!
Oh what fun it is to ride In a one-horse open sleigh

A day or two ago, the story I must tell
I went out on the snow and on my back I fell
A gent was riding by in a one-horse open sleigh
He laughed at me as I there lay but quickly drove away. Oh!

 

FROSTY THE SNOWMAN

Thumpety thump thump, thumpety thump thump, Look at Frosty go.
Thumpety thump thump, thumpety thump thump
over the hills of snow…Oh…Oh…over the hills of snow.

Frosty the Snowman, was a jolly happy soul
With a corn-cob pipe and a button nose
and two eyes made out of coal.
Frosty the Snowman, is a fairy tale they say
He was made of snow but the children know
how he came to life one day.

There must have been some magic in that old silk hat they found,
For when they put it on his head he began to dance around.

Oh, Frosty the Snowman was alive as he could be,
And the children say he could laugh and play
just the same as you and me.
Frosty the Snowman, knew the sun was hot that day,
So he said, “Let’s run and we’ll have some fun
now before I melt away.”

He led them down the streets of town right to the traffic cop,
And he only paused a moment when he heard him holler, “Stop!”

Frosty the Snowman had to hurry on his way,
But he waved good-bye, saying, “Don’t you cry;
I’ll be back again some day.”

Thumpety thump thump, thumpety thump thump, Look at Frosty go.
Thumpety thump thump, thumpety thump thump
over the hills of snow…Oh…Oh…over the hills of snow.

 

Joy to the World - Lyrics

Joy to the World

Joy to the world, the Lord is come
Let earth receive her King
Let ev’ry 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

O Come O Come Emmanuel - Lyrics

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 Dayspring, 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

We Have a Savior - Lyrics

We Have a Savior

A child has been given,
The King of our freedom
Sing for the light has come
This is Christmas

Come and adore Him
And bring gifts before Him
Joy to the world – Worship the Son
This is Christmas

This is Jesus Emmanuel
Here with us tell all the world
We have a Savior
We have a Savior

We are no longer lost
‘Cause He has come down for us
We have a Savior
We have a Savior

Sing with the angels
And lift up your voices
Join in the song of hope
This is Christmas

This is Jesus Emmanuel
Here with us tell all the world
We have a Savior
We have a Savior

We are no longer lost
‘Cause He has come down for us
We have a Savior
We have a Savior

His love will reign forever
His love will reign forever
His love will reign forever
(repeat)

This is Jesus Emmanuel
Here with us tell all the world
We have a Savior
We have a Savior

We are no longer lost
‘Cause He has come down for us
We have a Savior
We have a Savior

O Come All Ye Faithful - Lyrics

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

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of Heaven above
Glory to God, glory in the highest

O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord

Yea, Lord, we greet thee
born this happy morning
Jesus, to thee be glory given
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing

O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord

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