Christmas 2011

Posted on 12/25/2011 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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DECK THE HALLS

Deck the halls with boughs of holly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Tis the season to be jolly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Don we now our gay apparel,
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.
Troll the ancient Yule tide carol,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

See the blazing Yule before us,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Strike the harp and join the chorus.
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Follow me in merry measure,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
While I tell of Yule tide treasure,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Oh Christmas time is my favorite time of year
Deck the halls and holiday cheers
Watch our troubles fade out of sight
As we celebrate the birth of Jesus tonight

Fast away the old year passes,
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Hail the new, lads and lasses,

Sing we joyous, all together,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Heedless of the wind and weather,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Cause Christmas time is my favorite time of year
We deck the halls and holiday cheers
Everything it will be alright
As we celebrate the birth of Jesus tonight

Come on deck the hall, come on deck the halls, it’s Christmas time yeah
Come on deck the hall, come on deck the halls, be alright
Come on deck the hall, come on deck the halls, it’s Christmas time
Come on deck the hall, come on deck the halls, be alright
It’s gonna be alright
It’s Christmas time, cause it’s Christmas time baby
It’s my favorite time of the year
…yo, grab the tree, grab the lights.



HALLELUJAH

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
(3 times)

for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! (repeat)

for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah!
for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

The kingdom of this world is become
the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and of His Christ, and of His Christ
and He shall reign for ever and ever
and He shall reign for ever and ever
and He shall reign for ever and ever
and He shall reign for ever and ever

King of Kings, for ever and ever.
and Lord of Lords, Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
King of Kings, for ever and ever.
and Lord of Lords, Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
King of Kings, for ever and ever.
Lord of Lords
King of Kings, and Lord of Lords,
and He shall reign for ever and ever
and He shall reign for ever and ever

King of Kings. for ever and ever
and Lord of Lords Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
and He shall
and He shall reign for ever and ever,

King of Kings,
and Lord of Lords,

King of Kings,
and Lord of Lords,
and He shall
and He shall reign for ever and ever,
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!.
For ever and ever
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
(repeat until song ends)



HERE WITH US

It's still a mystery to me
That the hands of God could be so small,
How tiny fingers reaching in the night
Were the very hands that measured the sky

Chorus
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Heaven's love reaching down to save the world
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Son of God, Servant King,
You're here with us
You're here with us

Verse 2
It's still a mystery to me, oh,
How His infant eyes have seen the dawn of time
How His ears have heard an angel's symphony,
But still Mary had to rock her Savior to sleep

Chorus
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Heaven's love reaching down to save the world
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Son of God, Servant King
Here with us
You're here with us
(Ohh, mmm, here with us)

Bridge
Jesus the Christ, born in Bethlehem
A baby born to save, to save the souls of man

Chorus (2x)
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Heaven's love reaching down to save the world
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Son of God, Servant King
You're here with us
You're here with us



I BELIEVE

What other reason would I need to give
Oh, cause I've found the reason
Why I want to live
It's for Him who gave His own life
That I might find peace

So I sing for joy as I sing with this song
Because freedom was foreign
When I lived in the wrong
But it's here now
And I sing for the joy that it brings
Oh, singing

Oh, I believe, I believe, I believe
Oh, I believe, I believe, I believe
In God's only Son

Now I am not haunted by the sins of my past
For the chains have been broken
And now I'm free at last
Just to live in the grace of my God
In liberty, free

So look into the story
And then you will see
Why the cross that I'm wearing
Means something to me
It's for love
The love of the Father that's given to us
Oh, won't you sing
Sing out

I believe, I believe, I believe
Oh, I believe, I believe, I believe
In God's only Son
Oh

Singing, oh, I believe, I believe, I believe
Oh, I believe, I believe, oh, I believe
Singing, oh, I believe, I believe, I believe
Oh, I believe, I believe, I believe
In God's only Son.


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Luke 2:1-20 (NKJV)

1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife,[a] who was with child. 6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger."
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
14 "Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"

15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, "Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us." 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.


*** Listen to the service audio to hear Jen read a special Christmas story ***



LITTLE DRUMMER BOY

Come they told me
Pa rum pum pum pum
A newborn King to see
Pa rum pum pum pum
Our finest gifts we bring
Pa rum pum pum pum
To lay before our King
Pa rum pum pum pum
Rum pum pum pum
Rum pum pum pum
So to honor Him
Pa rum pum pum pum
When we come

Little Baby
Pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy too
Pa rum pum pum pum
I have no gift to bring
Pa rum pum pum pum
That's fit to give the King
Pa rum pum pum pum
Rum pum pum pum
Rum pum pum pum
Shall I play for You?
Pa rum pum pum pum
On my drum

Shall I play for You?
Shall I play for You?
Mary looked at me and nodded
The ox and lamb kept time
Oh I played my drum for Him
Oh I played my best for Christ
I played my best for Christ

Then He smiled at me…