Christmas Eve at The Crossing: December 24, 2010

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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

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,

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Call to Worship: The Light by Keith Scherer

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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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

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

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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Angels We Have Heard On High – Words: Traditional French carol, Music: Traditional French melody

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 – Words: Isaac Watts (1719) (based on Psalm 98), Music: ANTIOCH C.M.rep. George Frederick Handel (1742), Arr. Lowell Mason (1836)

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: What Child is This/Greensleeves – Words: William C. Dix, The Manger Throne (1865), Music: Greensleeves, 16th Century English melody, Adapted from an Arrangement by Linford Detweiler

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.


Christmas Eve Music and Tech Team:

Carly Allen – bass
Josh Anger – lights
Andrew Camp – percussion, mandolin
Mark Collum – vocals, percussion
Dave Cover – speaker
Sadie Currey – violin
David Cover – acoustic and electric guitars
Scott Ferguson – media
Rachel Johnson – liturgist
Scott Johnson – vocals, acoustic guitar, piano
Andrew Luley – drums and percussion
Kristen Pierce – vocals
Kermit Summerall – euphonium
Ethan Vizitei – vibes and piano
Cortney Wright – keyboard
Randy Wright – liturgist

Christmas Eve photos by Gerik Parmele.

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