Songs and Scenes: Christmas Eve 2016

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

“He was created of a mother whom He created. He was carried by hands that He formed. He cried in the manger in wordless infancy, He the Word, without whom all human eloquence is mute.” – Augustine

This post reviews the songs from The Crossing’s Christmas Eve celebration. We’ve included a link to a Spotify playlist of all the songs (when available) so you can enjoy listening to them throughout your week. This week’s liturgy recap features photos by Scott Patrick Myers.



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1. Christ is Coming! Let Creation – Words: John R. Mac­duff (1853),
Add. Words and Music: Matt Scott

Christ is coming! let creation
From her groans and travail cease,
Let the glorious proclamation
Hope restore, and faith increase.

Come on down! Come on down!
Haste that joyous jubilee!


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2. Joy to the World – Words: Isaac Watts (1719) (based on Psalm 98), Music: ANTIOCH C.M.rep. George Frederick Handel (1742), Arr. Lowell Mason (1836), Based on an arrangement by David Crowder, Rap by Reggie Palmer (Victorious)

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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3. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Words: Charles Wesley (1739)
Music: 77 77 D w/refrain Felix Mendelssohn (1840), Adapted by Williams H. Cummings (1856), Arrangement: Citizens and Saints

Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn 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!”


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4. Angels We Have Heard On High – Words: Traditional French carol, Music: Traditional French melody, Based on an arrangement by The Modern Post.

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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5. Crown Him by Adam Skatula, Brian Eichelberger, Nate Furtado, Spencer Abbot, & Zach Bolen

The humble King has come to earth
From throne on high to lowly birth
His glory reigns

The spotless lamb has washed away
Our fatal sin with saving grace
His glory reigns

The Man of Sorrows crucified
For love He bleeds, and love He dies
His glory reigns


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6. Praise the Lord (Psalm 146) by The Crossing Music, Aaron Strumpel, & Reggie Palmer (Victorious)

Praise the Lord
O my soul.
He will reign forever.
He will reign forever.

And His hands have made all things:
The heavens & the earth.
And His faithfulness remains
forever for His people.


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7. O Day of Peace by Josh Garrells

O day of peace that dimly shines
Through all our hopes and prayers and dreams,
Guide us to justice, truth, and love,
Delivered from our selfish schemes.


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8. Come To Him by Josh Garrells

Come to Him
With all your heart
Come and lay your burdens down
For peace He came to give
And Joy shall be the crown
And Joy shall be the crown


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

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!


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10. Come Thou Fount/Come Thou Long Expected Jesus – Verse 1 Lyrics: Robert Robinson (1758), Verse 2 and 3 Lyrics: Charles Wesley (1745), Music: NETTLETON, John Wy­eth (1813), Rap Section by Reggie Palmer (Victorious)

Born thy people to deliver,
born a child and yet a King,
born to reign in us forever,
now thy gracious kingdom bring.
By thine own eternal spirit
rule in all our hearts alone;
by thine all sufficient merit,
raise us to thy glorious throne.


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11. Silent Night – Words: Josef Mohr (circa 1816-1818), Alt. Words: Katy Bowser, Music: Franz X. Gruber (circa 1820), Based on an arrangement by Citizens and Saints

Silent Night, Holy 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 Team for Christmas Eve 2016:

David Cover: Vocals, Electric Guitar, Harmonium
Scott Johnson: Vocals, Piano
Andrew Luley: Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Reggie Palmer: Vocals, Spoken Word
Ricky Presberry: Vocals
Jeff Schaefer: Bass, Vocals
Guimel Sibingo: Vocals
Victoria Sibingo: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Johnny Tucker: Keyboards, Vocals
Stephen Varner: Drums, Vocals

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