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Outdoor Carols
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Carol 1 - Calypso Carol

See Him lying on a bed of straw

A draughty stable with an open door

Mary cradling the Babe she bore

The Prince of Glory is His name

 

O now carry me to Bethlehem

To see the Lord of love again

Just as poor as was the stable then

The Prince of Glory when He came

Star of silver, sweep across the skies

Show where Jesus in the manger lies

Shepherds swiftly from your stupor rise

To see the Saviour of the world

 

Angels, sing again the song you sang

Sing the glory of God’s gracious plan

Sing that Bethlehem’s little Baby can

Be The Saviour of us all

 

Mine are riches from Your poverty

From Your innocence, eternity

Mine forgiveness by Your death for me

Child of sorrow for my joy

Reading 1 - Luke 2v8-15

The angels announce Jesus’ birth, and explain why it is good news for all people.

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid.
I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 

11 Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

Carol 2 - 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

 

O morning stars, together

proclaim the holy birth,

and praises sing to God the King

and peace to men on earth.

For Christ is born of Mary,

and, gathered all above

while mortals sleep, the angels keep

their watch of wond’ring love.

 

How silently, how silently,

the wondrous gift is giv’n!

So God imparts to human hearts

the blessings of his heav’n.

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 Immanuel!

Christmas Story 1

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Reading 2 - Matthew 1v18-25

An angel tells Joseph that the child Mary will be named Jesus, because He will save His people rom their sins, and Immanuel – God with us – because that is who He is.

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 fulfil 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.

Carol 3 - 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 Saviour 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.

 

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.

Christmas Story 2

Carol 4 - Hark, the herald angels sing!

HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SING
"Glory to the new-born King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled"
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With th’ angelic host proclaim:
"Christ is born in Bethlehem"

Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the new-born King!"

 

Christ by highest heav'n adored
Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of a Virgin's womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail th’ incarnate Deity…

Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel

Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the new-born King!"

 

Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son 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

Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the new-born King!"

Christmas Prayers

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