Choral Christmas Music

On Sunday, December 17th, our worship included a number of anthems by the choir which were interspersed throughout the service.  The words to those anthems are found below.  You can hear the choir by clicking this link.

 

The Holly and the Ivy
Traditional Carol, Melody collected by Cecil Sharp, Arranged by Jill Galena

The angels take wing as carols we sing
of  holly and ivy and the tiny newborn King.

The holly and the ivy when they are both full grown,
Of all trees that are in the wood, The holly bears a crown.

The holly bears a blossom as white as lily flower,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ to be our dear Savior.

The holly bears a prickle as sharp as any thorn;
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ on Christmas day in the morn.

[Refrain:]     Oh the rising of the sun, and the running of the deer,
The playing of the merry organ, sweet singing in the choir.

 

There is a Rose
by Ruth Elaine Schram

There is a rose, a perfect rose, the prize of heaven’s garden;
sent down to earth as a tiny Child to secure our pardon.

There is a rose, a perfect rose, the King of heaven’s angels;
wrapped in the humblest of swaddling clothes, sleeping in a manger.

Though the path that lies ahead is strewn with thorns before You,
here, tonight in Your manger bed we worship and adore You.

Beautiful Rose of Bethlehem, the crown of heaven’s splendor;
Jesus, our Savior, Perfect Rose, bloom in our hearts forever.

Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming.

 

Lo, How a Rose e’er Blooming
Theodore Baker, 16th century melody harmonized by Michael Praetorius

Lo, how a rose e’er blooming from tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse’s lineage coming as men of old have sung.
It came, a flow’ret bright, amid the cold of winter, when half spent was the night.

Isaiah ‘twas foretold it, the Rose I have in mind,
With Mary we behold it, the Virgin Mother kind.
To show God’s love aright, she bore to men a Savior, when half spent was the night.

Congregation sings verse 3 with the choir
O Flower, whose fragrance tender with sweetness fills the air,
dispel in glorious splendor the darkness everywhere.
True man yet very God, from sing and death now save us,
and share our every load.

 

Climb to the Top of the Highest Mountain
by Carolyn Jennings (based on Isaiah 40)

Climb to the top of the highest mountain, joyous tidings proclaim to the world,
Lift up your voice, shout the good news: behold, your Lord comes to you.

He will feed his flock like a shepherd, He will carry them in His arms,
He will ever keep them safe from harm. Behold, your Lord comes to you.

He who made the stars in the heaven, He who fashioned the earth and the sea,
From time eternal He was God, the Alpha and Omega, He. Behold, your Lord!

He will come in power and glory, He will rule with mercy and truth,
Hope of all the nations, light of all the world.  Light of all!

He will love the little children, He will hold them in His arms.
Love him and trust Him as a little child. Behold, your Lord comes to you.

 

Away in a Manger
Words Anonymous, Music by William Kirkpatrick, arranged by John Rodgers  

Away in a manger, No crib for His bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head.
The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay,
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
But little Lord Jesus no crying He makes.
I love Thee, Lord Jesus!  Look down from the sky,
And stay by my side until morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask thee to stay
close by me forever, and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children in thy tender care,
and fit us for heaven, to live with thee there.

 

Will We Know Him?
Words by Don Besig and Nancy Price, Music by Don Besig

Are we ready for the Babe of Bethlehem to be born in a lowly stall?
Are we ready to greet the tiny little King who will come to save us all?

Are we ready for the star of Bethlehem to appear in the winter sky?
Are we ready to follow anywhere it leads, and let its light fill all our lives?

Prepare ye the way for the King of glory, once again proclaim the wondrous story.
God will send His own true Son, but will we know Him when He comes?

Are we ready for the song of Bethlehem to declare our Savior’s birth?
Are we ready to join the angels as they sing, and spread the news to all on earth?

Prepare ye the way for the King of glory, once again proclaim the wondrous story.
God will send His own true Son, but will we know Him when He comes?

Are we ready for the Babe of Bethlehem, God’s true and promised Son?
Are we ready to greet the tiny little King and will we know him when he comes?
Will we know Him when he comes?

 

Offertory:  Christ Be Our Light
by Bernadette Farrell

solo voice
Longing for light, we wait in darkness. Longing for truth, we turn to you.
Make us your own, your holy people, light for the world to see.

Refrain
Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts. Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light! Shine in your church gathered today.

choir women
Longing for peace, our world is troubled. Longing for hope, many despair.
Your word alone has pow’r to save us. Make us your living voice.  [Refrain.]

full choir
Longing for food, many are hungry. Longing for water, many still thirst.
Make us your bread, broken for others, shared until all are fed.  [Refrain.]

congregation and choir
Longing for shelter, many are homeless. Longing for warmth, many are cold.
Make us your building, sheltering others, walls made of living stone.  [Refrain.]

congregation and choir
Many the gifts, many the people, many the hearts that yearn to belong.
Let us be servants to one another, making your kingdom come.  [Refrain.]

 

Jesus, Oh What a Wonderful Child
African-American Spiritual arranged by Lloyd Larson

Jesus, Jesus, oh, what a wonderful Child. Jesus, Jesus, so lowly, meek, and mild.
New life, new hope, new joy he brings!  Listen to the angels sing,
“Glory, glory, glory, to the newborn King!”

He was herald by the angels, born in a lowly manger.
The virgin Mary was his mother, and Joseph was his earthly father.
Three wise men came from afar, they were guided by a shining star,
to see King Jesus, where he lay in a manger filled with hay.

Jesus, my Jesus, oh, what a wonderful Child.
Jesus, my Jesus, so lowly, meek, and mild.
New life, new hope, new joy he brings! Won’t you listen to the angels sing,
“Glory, glory, glory,”
They’re singin’ “Glory, glory, glory”
We’re talking ’bout “Glory, glory, glory” to the new born . . .
the angels are singin’ to the newborn King!

 

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First United Methodist Church of Stillwater Choir
Becca Bellman, music director
Kathy Hartman, accompanist
Becca Hallock-Wolfe, flute

Sopranos: Mary Brown, Donna Buell, Emily Cossetta, Becca Hallock-Wolfe, Meghan O’Hara, Kathy Rundquist, and Barb Wilson.

Altos:  Ann Haraldson, Sam Hauser, Doreen Hauser, Jann Heyen, Diane Jackson, and Sandy Ridgway.

Tenors:  Steve Agard, Anita Carter, Alan Salmela, and Chuck Rundquist.

Basses: Jim Calvin, Orwin Carter, Greg Hartman, Ben Jackson, Marty Raths, and Jacob Wright.

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