A Concert of Lessons and Carols

December 11 & 12, 2020
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Hear Now You House Of David

P. La Grand

Hear now you house of David
A promise from your God
I am sending one to dwell among you
Emmanuel, The Lord

He who spoke all of creation
Is from a virgin born
He whom angels worship in glory
A Child in Bethlehem

chorus
La la la, La la la
La la la, La la
La la la, La la la
La la la

Praise and thanks to the Father
And to the Holy Ghost
And to him who came among us
To teach us how to love

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La la la, La la la
La la la, La la
La la la, La la la
La la la

Rejoice! Rejoice!

J.M. Neale | R. Croo

O come, O come Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
Who mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny
From depths of Hell Thy people save
And give them victory o’er the grave

chorus
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel

Oooooooooooooo
Bye bye lully lullay
Lullay, Thou little tiny child
Bye bye lully lullay

Herod the king, in his raging
Chargéd he hath this day
His men of might, in his own sight
All children young to slay

First Lesson
Jesus Storybook Bible, from “The Beginning” & “The Terrible Lie”

In the beginning, there was nothing. Only emptiness. And darkness. And…nothing but nothing.

But God was there. And God had a wonderful plan. God said, “Out of the nothing, I’m going to make…EVERYTHING.” God spoke. That’s all. And whatever he said, it happened.

God saw all that he had made and he loved them. And they were lovely because he loved them.

But God saved the best for last. He would make people to share his Forever Happiness. So God breathed life into Adam and Eve. When they opened their eyes, the first thing they ever saw was God’s face. God loved them with all of his heart. And they were lovely because he loved them.

Adam and Eve lived happily together in their beautiful new home. And everything was perfect – for a while.

Now, God had given Adam and Eve only one rule: “Don’t eat the fruit on that tree. Because if you do, you’ll think you know everything. You’ll stop trusting me, and then death and sadness and tears will come.”

But the crafty serpent whispered. “You don’t need God. If He really loved you, He would let you eat some of that fruit.” His words hissed into Eve’s ears and sunk deep into her heart, like poison. Does God love me? she wondered. Suddenly she didn’t know anymore.

Eve picked the fruit and ate some. And Adam ate some, too. And a terrible lie came into the world. It would live on in every human heart, whispering to God’s children: “God doesn’t love me.”

Sin had come into God’s perfect world, and it would never leave. God’s children would always be running away from Him and hiding in the dark. “You must leave the garden now,” God said. “This is not the place for you anymore.” But before they left, God gently clothed His children and sent them away, out of their home.

Now in another story, this would have been THE END… But not in this story.

It could not end there. Though they would forget Him and run from Him, deep in their hearts God’s children would miss Him always and long for Him — yearn for their home. And in spite of everything, God would love His children — with a Never-Stopping, Never Giving-Up, Unbreaking, Always-and-Forever Love. God had a magnificent plan – “It will not always be so! I will come to rescue you!” God whispered.

And He would. One day, God Himself would come.

Psalm 13

J. Tilton

Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide
Your face from me?
How long will I be left alone
to comfort my own soul
With only sorrow in my heart
All the day?

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How long?
How long, O Lord?
Consider and answer me, O God
The people you love are crying out
How long?

Hear my cry to you, O Lord
Light up my eyes
Lest I sleep the sleep of death
And my enemies rejoice
Prevailing over me
I am shaken as I lift my eyes to you

chorus
How long?
How long, O Lord?
Consider and answer me, O God
The people you love are crying out
How long?

But I have trusted
In your steadfast love
My heart shall rejoice in your salvation
And I will sing unto the Lord because
He has dealt bountifully with me

Second Lesson
Genesis 17:1-8 & 15-19

When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless, that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly.” Then Abram fell on his face. And God said to him, “Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make you into nations, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. And I will give to you and to your offspring after you the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession, and I will be their God.

And God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover, I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall become nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.” Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed and said to himself, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” And Abraham said to God, “Oh that Ishmael might live before you!” God said, “No, but Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his offspring after him.

This is the Word of the Lord.

ALL: Thanks be to God!

Star of Wonder

S. Stevens

I call you
From the comet’s cradle
I found you
Trembling by yourself
When the night falls
Lightly on your right-wing shoulder
Wonderful know-it-all
Slightly where the night gets colder

Oh, conscience
Where will you carry me?
I found you
Star of terrifying effigies
When the night falls
I carry myself to the fortress
Of your glorious cost
Oh, I may seek your fortress
When the night falls
We see the star of wonder
Wonderful night falls
We see you
We see you there

I see the stars coming out there
Coming out there to the yard
I see the stars coming out there
Coming out there to my heart

These days, days, days run away
Like horses over the hills

Third Lesson
from Isaiah 9

2The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone.
3You have multiplied the nation;
you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
as with joy at the harvest,
as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
4For the yoke of his burden,
and the staff for his shoulder,
the rod of his oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.
5For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult
and every garment rolled in blood
will be burned as fuel for the fire.
6For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon[d] his shoulder,
and his name shall be called[e] Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.

This is the Word of the Lord.

ALL: Thanks be to God.

Joy To The World

G. F. Handel | I. Watts

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

Joy to the earth the Savior reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods
Rocks hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy

No more let sins and sorrows grow
Nor thorns infest the ground
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found
Far as the curse is found
Far as, far as the curse is found

Fourth Lesson
John 1:1-14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

This is the Word of the Lord.

ALL: Thanks be to God.

Oh Light

L. Gungor

Oh light, come to reconcile
Come in like a child, holy night
Oh light, our hopes and all our fears
Met within your sight, holy night

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Hallelujah
God is with us
Hallelujah
A light has come

Oh light, God and man entwine
Of earth and of divine, holy night
Oh light, mending fractured earth
The soul now felt its worth, holy night

chorus
Hallelujah
God is with us
Hallelujah
A light has come

Hallelujah, holy God is with us
Love is always born within
Hallelujah, light will chase and find us
Love is facing us again
Hallelujah, holy God is with us
Love is always born within
Hallelujah, light will chase and find us
Love is facing us again

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Hallelujah
God is with us
Hallelujah
A light has come

King of Kings

P. La Grand

What would you do
If you heard a voice
That called you away
That left no choice?
Would you sell all you had
To you follow a star?
Would you trust it and leave
Your life behind?

We followed a star
It led to the west
We couldn’t explain
To our neighbors and friends
We waited so long
Watching the sun
Now that we’re here
It all seems so clear

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King of kings and Lord of lords
Immanuel, God with us
Prince of peace, Almighty One
Immanuel, God with us

Now we can see
That it was all true
This child is born
King of the Jews
But he is more
Than even we knew
The very angels of heaven
Worship him here

And the angels said:
“Do not be afraid
I bring you great news
That will be for all people
Today in the town of David
A Savior has been born
He is Christ the Lord!”

chorus
King of kings and Lord of lords
Immanuel, God with us
Prince of peace, Almighty One
Immanuel, God with us

Fifth Lesson
Luke 2 – Jesus Storybook Bible, “He’s Here”

Everything was ready. The moment God had been waiting for was here at last! Mountains would have bowed down. Seas would have roared. Trees would have clapped their hands. But the earth held its breath. As silent as snow falling, he came in. And when no one was looking, in the darkness he came.

There was a young girl who was engaged to a man named Joseph. (Joseph was the great great-great-great-great grandson of King David.) One morning, this girl was minding her own business when, suddenly, a great warrior of light appeared– right there, in her bedroom. He was Gabriel and he was an angel, a special messenger from heaven. 

 When she saw the tall shining man standing there, Mary was frightened.  “You don’t need to be scared,” Gabriel said. “God is very happy with you!”  Mary looked around to see if perhaps he was talking to someone else.  

“Mary,” Gabriel said, and he laughed with such gladness that Mary’s eyes filled with sudden tears. “Mary, you’re going to have a baby. A little boy. You will call him Jesus. He is God’s own Son. He’s the One! He’s the Rescuer!”  

The God who flung planets into space and kept them whirling around and around, the God who made the universe with just a word, the one who could do anything at all — was making himself small. And coming down… as a baby.  

Wait. God was sending a baby to rescue the world? 

 “But it’s too wonderful!” Mary said and felt her heart beating hard. “How can it be true?”  “Is anything too wonderful for God?” Gabriel asked.  

So Mary trusted God more than what her eyes could see. And she believed.  “I am God’s servant,” she said. “Whatever God says, I will do.”

Now, Mary and Joseph had to take a trip to Bethlehem, the town King David was from. But when they reached the little town, they found every room was full. They couldn’t find anywhere except an old, tumbledown stable. So they stayed where the cows and the donkeys and the horses stayed. 

And there, in the stable, amongst the chickens and the donkeys and the cows, God gave the world his wonderful gift. His baby son. Mary and Joseph wrapped him up to keep him warm. They made a soft bed of straw and used the animals’ feed trough as his cradle. Mary and Joseph named him Jesus, “Emmanuel” — which means “God has come to live with us.” Because, of course, he had.

My Savior’s Love Endures (Magnificat)

D. Heller | J. Heller | J. L. Riddle

My soul does magnify
The greatness of the Lord
On me His favor lights
In my Savior I rejoice

He has done mighty things
Holy is His name
All creatures under heav’n
Fear Him whose mercy reigns

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He has proven His might
His arm outstretched with strength
He has scattered the proud
And brought down all vain conceit
He has lifted the lowly
Brings goodness to the poor
My Savior’s love endures

Oh Israel find your help
Solely in the Lord
His mercy’s without end
His promise He’ll uphold

chorus
He has proven His might
His arm outstretched with strength
He has scattered the proud
And brought down all vain conceit
He has lifted the lowly
Brings goodness to the poor
My Savior’s love endures

Glory be to the Father and Son
Glory be to the Spirit three in One
Glory be in the beginning and the end
Glory forever amen

chorus
He has proven His might
His arm outstretched with strength
He has scattered the proud
And brought down all vain conceit
He has lifted the lowly
Brings goodness to the poor
My Savior’s love endures

Song of Simeon (Nunc Dimittis)

Good Shepherd Band

Lord free your servant now
And give my soul release
According to Your word
I want to go in peace
I have waited for the Savior
And sought Him all my days
Now my eyes have seen salvation
Release me from these chains

The long-expected Prophet
My eyes have finally seen
The radiance of His glory
Shines bright for all to see
He came to earth from heaven
With sinful men to dwell
With the poor, and mean, and lowly
Our Lord Immanuel

chorus
To be a light
A light to all the nations
To be a light
A light of revelation
To be a light
For Israel’s consolation
The Messiah
To our darkness now has come
To be a light!

As I go to my grave
I have no fear of death
For the Lord, my God, will save
And grant eternal rest

Sixth Lesson
Romans 8:18-25

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

This is the Word of the Lord.

ALL: Thanks be to God.

May You Find A Light

D. Gungor | J. Arndt

Lost and weary traveler
Searching for the way to go
Stranger heavy-hearted
Longing for someone you know

chorus
May you find a light
May you find a light
May you find a light
To guide you home

There are weary travelers
Searching everywhere you go
Strangers who are searching
Longing deeply to be known

chorus
May you find a light
May you find a light
May you find a light
To guide you home

chorus
May you find a light
May you find a light
May you find a light
To guide you home

 

A light shone down on us
A star of hope shines bright
A light shines bright
A light shines bright

Seventh Lesson
Revelation 21 – Jesus Storybook Bible “A Dream of Heaven” & Revelation 22

John was one of Jesus’ helpers. He was old now and lived on an island, which might sound nice except it was a prison. The leaders put him there to try to stop him from talking about Jesus. One morning, Jesus appeared — right there in John’s cell. “I am going to show you a secret, John,” Jesus said. “Write down what you see so God’s children can read it and wait with happy excitement.”

John saw a throne. And on the throne was a king. And the King is Jesus. All around the throne people were bowing down. There were loud cheers and bright laughter like a thousand waterfalls and everyone burst out singing a new song.

He saw a sparkling city shimmering in the sky: glittering, glowing — coming down from Heaven to earth.

God’s city was beautiful. Walls of topaz, jasper, sapphire. Wide streets paved with gold. Gleaming pearl gates that are never locked shut.

God was all the light people needed. No more darkness! No more night!

And the King said, “Look! God and his children are together again. No more crying or being lonely or afraid. No more being sick or dying. Because all those things were gone. Everything sad has come untrue. And see — I wiped away every tear from every eye!”

And then a deep, beautiful voice that sounded like thunder in the sky said, “Look, I am making everything new!”

Revelation 22:1-5

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.

Revelation 22:20-21

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

This is the Word of the Lord.

ALL: Thanks be to God.

Begin And Never Cease

C. Wesley | F. Mendelssohn | N. Tate | G. Kirbye | J. F. Wade | F. Oakley

While shepherds watched
Their flocks by night
All seated on the ground
The angel of the Lord came down
And glory shone around
“Fear not,” said he, for mighty dread
Had seized their troubled minds
“Glad tidings of great joy I bring
To you and all mankind!
To you and all mankind!”

chorus
O tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy
Ohhhhhhh

“To you in David’s town this day
Is born of David’s line
The Savior, who is Christ the Lord
And this shall be the sign:
The Heavenly Babe you there shall find
To human view displayed
And meanly wrapped in swathing bands
And in a manger laid”

chorus
O tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy
Ohhhhhhh
O tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

Woah woah! Woah, Woah!
Woah woah! Woah, Woah!

Noel! Noel! Noel! Noel!
Born is the King of Israel!
Noel! Noel! Noel! Noel!
Born is the King of Israel!

chorus
O come, let us adore Him!
O come, let us adore Him!
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord!
O come, let us adore Him!
O come, let us adore Him!
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord!

All glory be to God on high,
And to the earth be peace!
Good will henceforth from God to man:
Begin and never cease!
Begin and never cease!

Oh Come All Ye Faithful

C. F. Oakeley | J. F. Wade

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

chorus
O come, let us adore Him!
O come, let us adore Him!
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord!

Special Thanks

Director
Jeremy Goodwyne

Vocalists
Cate Miller, Peter Salib, Christy Talamo, Paul Winter

Musicians
Melissa LaCross (synthesizer) Scott Plybon (electric, acoustic guitar), Dave Rich (drums) Peter Salib (piano), Paul Winter (bass guitar, violin)

Script
Melissa LaCross

Lesson Readers
Fri: Ashley Levy
Sat 3p: Laurabeth Harris
Sat 7p: Sarah Carroll

Production Director
Tyler LaCross

Stage Design
Annette Bajema, Julie Goodwyne, Aubrey Rich

Lighting Director
Drew Long

Room Audio Engineer
Madison Keaton

Broadcast Audio Engineers
Colin Clark, Brad Shensky

Camera Operators
Jordan Larson, Aubrey Rich

Graphics Operator, Worship Guide
Bethany Broesder

Production Assistant
Aiden Rogers

To-Go Reception
Cheryl Anne Butts

Total Rockstar
Mary Kulp

Hear Now You House Of David © 2006 Peter La Grand – CCLI Song # 5706064 | Psalm 13 © 2013 Jacob Tilton – Used by Permission | Joy to the World – Public Domain – CCLI Song # 24016 | Oh Light © 2015 Hither And Yon Music, Inc. (Admin. by ClearBox Rights, LLC) – CCLI Song # 7063340 | King Of Kings © 2006 Peter La Grand – CCLI Song # 5706057 | My Savior’s Love Endures (Magnificat) © 2008 Stone Table Records, Jennie Riddle Music, Integrity Worship Music, and Integrity’s Praise! Music – CCLI Song # 5359590 | May You Find A Light © 2011 The Brilliance Designee (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) and Integrity’s Praise! Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing (IMI)) – CCLI Song # 7039050

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