Christmas at The Crossing: December 24 & 25, 2011

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“The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was going to come into the world.” – John 1:9

Joyous Light – Words by unknown author, late 3rd -early century 4th century; translated by John Keble, 1834, alt. Arrangement and additional chorus by Chris Tomlin, David Crowder and Louie Giglio.

Hail Gladdening Light, sun so bright
Jesus Christ, end of night, alleluia.
Hail Gladdening Light, such joyous Light
O Brilliant Star, forever shine, alleluia.

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Christmas Invocation from The Worship Sourcebook

Good and gracious God,
on this holy night you gave us your Son,
the Lord of the universe, wrapped in swaddling clothes,
the Savior of all, lying in a manger.

On this holy night
draw us into the mystery of your love.
Join our voices with the heavenly host,
that we may sing your glory on high.

Give us a place among the shepherds,
that we may find the one for whom we have waited,
Jesus Christ, your Word made flesh,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit
in the splendor of eternal light.
God forever and ever. Amen.

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O Come, All Ye Faithful – Words and Tune: attr. John Francis Wade (1742), tr. Frederick Oakeley (1841), Music: Irregular (Adeste Fiedeles) Arrangement by Chris Tomlin

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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Lesson 1: Isaiah 7:13-14, 9:2, 6-7

O Come, O Come Emmanuel – LM 88 88 (Veni Emmanuel), Words: Latin, 12th Cent; tr. composite Tune: “Processionale:, 15th cent. ; adpt. Thomas Helmore (1854), Adapted from an arrangement by Phil Wickham

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.

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Lesson 2: Isaiah 11:1-9

Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
– Words: James Montgomery (1821), Music and Arrangement: Vito Aiuto (2008)

Hail to the Lord’s anointed,
great David’s greater Son!
Hail in the time appointed,

His reign on earth begun!
He comes to break oppression,

to set the captive free;
To take away transgression

and rule in equity.

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Lesson 3: Luke 1:26-38

Savior of the Nations, Come – Words: Ambrose (4th Century), Martin Luther (1523), Traditional: Calvin Seerveld (1984), Music: Enchiridia, Erfurt (1524), Arr. Bruce Benedict (2009)

Savior of the nations, come,
Show yourself, the virgin’s son.
Marvel heaven, wonder earth,
That our God chose such a birth
.

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Lesson 4: Luke 2:1-7, Matthew 1:22-23

Once in Royal David’s City – Words: Cecil Alexander (1848), Music: Henry J. Gauntlett (1849), Adapted from an arrangement by Sufjan Stevens

Once in royal David’s city
Stood a lowly cattle shed,
Where a mother laid her Baby
In a manger for His bed:
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ her little Child.

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Lesson 5: Luke 2:8-20

Angels We Have Heard On High – Words: Traditional French carol, Music: Traditional French melody. Adapted from an arrangement by Hillsongs and Vineyard Music

Come to Bethlehem and see
Christ Whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

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Lesson 6: John 1:1-14

Joy to the World (Unspeakable Joy) – Words: Isaac Watts (1719) (based on Psalm 98), Music: ANTIOCH C.M.rep. George Frederick Handel (1742), Arr. Lowell Mason (1836), Arr. and Additional Chorus by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash and Matt Gilder.

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

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Instrumental: The First Noel – Words & Music: Traditional English carol, possibly dating from as early as the 13th Century, Adapted from an Arrangement by Linford Detweiler

Instrumental: O Little Town of Bethlehem – Rector Phillips Brooks (1835-1903), Music: Lewis Redner (1831-1908), Adapted from an Arrangement by Linford Detweiler

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What Child is This – Words: William Dix (1865), Music: 16th Century English melody, Arrangement: The Crossing Music

What Child is this who, laid to rest
On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing;
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

The Passing of the Flame

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Silent Night – Words: Josef Mohr (circa 1816-1818), Music: Franz X. Gruber (circa 1820), Based on an arrangement by Red Mountain Church

Still the night, holy the night
God’s dear Son, bringing light,
Saving us all from sin’s dark thrall
Giving life and love to all,
Christ the Light of the World,
Christ the Light of the World.

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Music and Tech Team for The Crossing’s Christmas Services:

Christine Cover – vocals
David Cover – electric guitars, six-string banjo
Sadie Currey – violin
Ashley Gross – vocals, percussion
Nick Havens – bass, percussion
Scott Johnson – vocals, keyboards, electric and acoustic guitars, harmonium
Andrew Luley – drums, percussion
Jeff Myers – vocals
Ethan Vizitei – keyboards, celeste, glockenspiel

Michael Porter – liturgist
Charvel Vizitei – liturgist

Josh Burrell – Technical Director
Addison Hawkins – sound
Michael Novak – service media
Ken Kroll – Lights, service media
Ken Surdin – lights
Jake Wandel – Production Manager/Elation Board Operator
Tim Worstell – sound

Photos courtesy of Gerik Parmele.

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