14.December.2014, #274

Our theme was anticipation and our text was Luke 1:66: "All who heard them pondered them and said, ‘What then will this child become?’ For, indeed, the hand of the Lord was with him." I started us with Silent Night (in 4), to establish Christ's birth, i.e. the reason for the season; then we sang half of This One Child, which asks the question "So Jesus was born...so what?"; then we sang I Cannot Tell, which starts with Bethlehem (i.e. history) but mostly focuses on Jesus' return (i.e. future), answering, at least in some sense, that question of so what. Jesus was born, which is lovely (Silent Night); our world is still pretty messed up, so it's unclear what Jesus' birth accomplished (This One Child); but Jesus promised to bring history to a culmination, so thus we sing about it in anticipation (I Cannot Tell). I'll post the lyrics in order below. Also, they all work together if you play in or around G or A in 4.

Later we sang an old song called Creator of the Stars of Night, which has the same meter as O Come O Come Emmanuel. The former was (allegedly) written by Saint Ambrose, with a melody created in the Middle Ages. These things make me instantly like it btw. A bit before we sang it, we created a word-art of all the things we hope for, anticipate, wish for, and/or expect at Christmas and in the coming year. We also had the children create one. So we sang this Creator song, then at the end we kept the melody but subbed the first verse of O Come O Come, and rather that asking/allowing people to sing with us we instead put up the word-art. I think it worked rather well.

Silent Night

Silent night, holy night

All is calm, all is bright

‘Round yon virgin mother and child

Holy infant so tender and mild

Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace


Silent night, holy night

Shepherds quake at the sight

Glories stream from heaven afar

Heavenly host sing Alleluia

Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born


Silent night, holy night

Son of God, love’s pure light

Radiant beams from thy holy face

With the dawn of redeeming grace

Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth, Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth


This One Child

Is this your kingdom, Is this your kingdom come

That this one child is born

And all our doubts are gone

Well bring out the pretty lights that dance upon the window pane

And let the songs play again and again and again


Is this your kingdom, Is this your kingdom now

That this one child is born

And harmony’s been found

So call to daughters that have run away

And sons that we’ve not seen

Tell them that peace on earth is strung from every tree


Is this your kingdom, Is this your kingdom here

That this one child is born

And love’s victory is clear

Well it’s not clear

I Cannot Tell

I cannot tell why He, whom angels worship

Should set His love upon the sons of men

Or why, as Shepherd, He should seek the wand’rers

To bring them back, they know not how or when

But this I know, that He was born of Mary

When Bethl’hem’s manger was His only home

And that He lived at Nazareth and labored

And so the Savior, Savior of the world, is come

I cannot tell how silently He suffered

As with His peace He graced this place of tears

Or how His heart upon the cross was broken

The crown of pain to three and thirty years

But this I know, He heals the broken-hearted

And stays our sin, and calms our lurking fear

And lifts the burden from the heavy laden

For yet the Savior, Savior of the world, is here


I cannot tell how He will win the nations

How He will claim His earthly heritage

How satisfy the needs and aspirations

Of East and West, of sinner and of sage

But this I know, all flesh shall see His glory

And He shall reap the harvest He has sown

And some glad day His sun shall shine in splendor

When He the Savior, Savior of the world is known


I cannot tell how all the lands shall worship

When, at His bidding, every storm is stilled

Or who can say how great the jubilation

When all the hearts of us with love are filled

But this I know, the skies will thrill with rapture

And myriad, myriad human voices sing

And earth to Heav’n, and Heav’n to earth, will answer

At last the Savior, Savior of the world, is King

(This One Child reprise)

So let Your Kingdom come

Let Your Kingdom come

Let Your Kingdom come

Let Your Kingdom come

Posted on December 27, 2014 .