Christmas Eve at The Crossing: December 24, 2012

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“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

Bidding Song: Hail to the Lord’s Anointed – Words: James Montgomery (1821), Music: 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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O Come, All Ye Faithful – Words and Tune: attr. John Francis Wade (1742), tr. Frederick Oakeley (1841), Music: Irregular (Adeste Fiedeles), Based on an arrangement by Hillsongs

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

Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus – Words: Charles Wesley (1745), Music: Christine Cover and Greg Weile, Arrangement: The Crossing Music

Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s Strength and Consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear Desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

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Lesson 2: Micah 5:2-4

O Little Town of Bethlehem – Words: Phillip Brooks (1867) Music: Lewis H. Redner (1868) Arrangement by Bifrost Arts

O little town of Bethlehem,
how still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
the everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years
are met in thee tonight.

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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

Not by human power or seed
Did the woman’s womb conceive;
Only by the Spirit’s breath
Was the Word of God made flesh.

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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, Based on an arrangement by Hillsongs.

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), Based on an arrangement by Red Mountain Music

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: O Come, O Come Emmanuel – LM 88 88 (Veni Emmanuel), Words: Latin (12th century), Tune: “Processionale” (15th century), Adaptation: Thomas Helmore (1854), Arrangement by Lindford Detweiler

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

Instrumental: What Child is This/Greensleeves – Words: William Dix (1865), Music: 16th Century English melody, Arrangement: Lindford Detweiler

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All Glory Be to Christ – Words: Dustin Kensrue, Music: Traditional, Arrangement: King’s Kaleidoscope.

When on the day the great I Am,
the faithful and the true
The Lamb who was for sinners slain,
is making all things new.

Behold our God shall live with us
and be our steadfast light
And we shall ere his people be,
all glory be to Christ!

All glory be to Christ our king!
All glory be to Christ!
His rule and reign will ever sing,
all glory be to Christ!

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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 Music

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 Christmas Eve:

Walt Beeson – upright and electric bass
David Cover – drums and percussion
Christine Cover – vocals and percussion
Ashley Gross – vocals and percussion
Scott Johnson – worship leader, piano, organ, six-string banjo and acoustic guitar
Ethan Vizitei – piano, vibraphone, celesta

Sadie Currey – violin
Xiaoxiao Du – violin
Josie Patton – cello

Kameron Bong – live-stream audio
Joy Calvert – camera operator
Laurel Critchfield – IMAG technical director
Barrett Knox – tech assistant
Ken Kroll – light board operator, designer
Gerik Parmele – video director, engineer
Kirk Pickett – camera operator
Kate Shanks – sermon cg, live-stream music cg
Ryan Stoll – camera operator
Phil Vinyard – video director, engineer
Chantel Wandel – music cg
Jake Wandel – production manager, designer
Tim Worstell – front of house audio

Photos graciously provided by Scott Myers.

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