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AcaDisc #64- Acappella Family Christmas by The Acappella Company (The Series)

Original Release: 1999 The Acappella Company
Available through The Acappella Company
Production Assistant: Jeremy Jarvis, Kevin Schaffer, and Allen Krehbiel
Recording Studio: Clifty Studios- Paris, TN
Mixed by: Robert Orr
Vocals: Listed by Song

Song List

Mary Did You Know
Away in a Manger
A Tiny Child
The First Noel
NoŽl
Silent Night
Joy to the World
There Were Angels
O Come, O Come Emanuel
Christmas Medley
No Other Day
Here We Come A-Caroling Medley
That's What I Love About Christmas
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Angels We Have Heard on High
Jesus Carol
Merry Christmas
What Child is This
Is Born a Savior
O Holy Night
Little Drummer Boy

Mary Did You Know

Words: Mark Lowry © 1991 Word Music/Rufus Music (ASCAP)
Music: Buddy Greene © 1991 Word Music/Rufus Music (ASCAP)
Vocals: Kevin Schaffer, Barry Wilson, Gary Moyers, and Ken McAlpin
This song also appeared on The First Christmas by Rescue.
Lead: Barry Wilson
Sample: Windows Media

Lyrics:

Mary did you know
That your baby boy would one day walk on water?
Mary did you know
That your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know
Your baby boy has come to make you new?
And this child that you've delivered
Would soon deliver you

Mary did you know
That your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know
That your baby boy could calm the storm with his hand?
Did you know
That your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little baby
You've kissed the face of God

The blind will see
The deaf will hear
The dead will live again
The lame will leap
The dumb will speak
The praises of the Lamb

Mary did you know
That your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know
That your baby boy will one day rule the nations?
Did you know
That your baby boy was heaven's perfect Lamb?
And the sleeping child you're holding
Is the Great I Am

Mary, Mary (oh Mary, oh Mary)
(oh Mary, oh Mary)
(did you know?, did you know?)

Scriptural Reference:

"And Mary said: 'My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior'"  Luke 1:46-47

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Away in a Manger

Words: Martin Luther
Music: Carl Mueller 
Arrangement: Kevin Schaffer
This song also appeared on A Savior Is Born by Acappella and AVB and Acappella Carols by The Acappella Company.
Vocals: Chad Bahr, Kevin Schaffer, Jeremy Jarvis, Chris Lindsey, and Allen Krehbiel
Lead: Chad Bahr
Sample: Windows Media

Lyrics:

Away in a manger (sleep soft Savior) (little Lord Jesus)
Away in a manger (sleep soft Savior) (little Lord Jesus)
Away in a manger (sleep soft Savior) (little Lord Jesus)

Away in a manger (sleep soft Savior) (little Lord Jesus)
Away in a manger (sleep soft Savior) (little Lord Jesus)
Away in a manger (sleep soft Savior) (little Lord Jesus)
Away

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed
The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head
The stars in the 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 cradle til morning is nigh

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay (stay by me Lord, stay by me Lord)
Close by me forever, and love me, I pray
Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care
And take us to heaven to live (take us, take us, take us)
And take us to heaven to live (take us, take us, take us)
Take us to heaven to live with Thee there

Away in a manger
Fit us to live with Thee there (little Lord Jesus)
Away in a manger (little Lord Jesus)
Away

Scriptural Reference:

"While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn."  Luke 2:6-7

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A Tiny Child

Words and music: Gary Miller © 1992 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on Acappella Christmas by The Acappella Company and Hear It In Our Voice: Volume II by The Acappella Company.
Lead: Duane Adams and Gary Moyers (interlude)

Lyrics:

A promise spoken in the beginning
A prophet's words in the night (in the nighttime)
An angel's message to a young lady
A brilliant star in the sky

Chorus:
Who would be coming?
How were they knowing?
What's it all about?
Why was He coming?
Where was He going?
When will they all find out?
A tiny child (tiny child)!
Almighty God (mighty God)!
A tiny child!
An almighty God!

A lonely village, a lowly carpenter
No proper shelter in sight
Their room a stable, manger a cradle
Angelic hosts on high

Repeat Chorus

(A tiny child)

A little baby boy, the hope of peace and joy
A tiny beacon of light
Divine creator becomes creation
His holy promise of life

(interlude)

Bridge:
He came to people (the Son of man), born of the people (became a man)
So that the people could be free (so that we could see)
He lived with people (He blessed their lives), He blessed the people (He broke through time)
The people nailed Him to a tree (they crucified Him)

A tiny child (a tiny little child)!
Almighty God (an awesome, an almighty God, tiny little baby)!
A tiny child!
An almighty God (almighty)!
A tiny child (a tiny child)!
Almighty God (an awesome, an almighty God)!
A tiny child (almighty God)!
Almighty, almighty God

Scriptural Reference:

"You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus."  Luke 1:31

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The First Noel

Words: Martin Luther
Music: Carl Mueller  
Arrangement: Keith Lancaster © 1990 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)  
This song also appeared on A Savior Is Born by Acappella and AVB and Acappella Carols by The Acappella Company.
Lead: Gary Moyers

Lyrics:

The first NoŽl, the angels did say
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
On a cold winter's night that was so deep

Chorus:
NoŽl, NoŽl, NoŽl, NoŽl
Born is the King of Israel!

They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the East beyond them far
And to the earth it gave great light
And so it continued both day and night

Repeat Chorus

This star drew nigh to the northwest
O'er Bethlehem it took its rest
And there it did both stop and stay
Right o'er the place where Jesus lay

Repeat Chorus (x3)

Scriptural Reference:

"Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord."  Luke 2:11

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NoŽl

Words and music: Gary Moyers © 1995 Clifty Music (BMI)
This song also appeared on Christmas by Acappella Children.
Guest Vocals: Acappella (Robert C. Guy, Duane Adams, Steve Reischl, and Gary Moyers)
Lead: Melissa Lancaster

Lyrics:

She stood before the angel
Amazed at what she heard (she heard)
Wondering of the turth she finds
Hidden in His words

He said, "Mary you have been blessed of God
You'll not forget this day (blessed holy day)
You're the mother of the Promised One"
And you could hear her say

Chorus:
Holy Lord (NoŽl, NoŽl, NoŽl, NoŽl)
Holy Lord (NoŽl, NoŽl, NoŽl, NoŽl)
Holy Lord (NoŽl, NoŽl, NoŽl, NoŽl)
Holy Lord (NoŽl, NoŽl, NoŽl, NoŽl)

They stood upon the hillside
Watchmen of the night
Guarding very patiently
Bathed in soft starlight (soft starlight)

Then angels appeared in majesty
Bringing joy to make the heavens ring (heavens ring)
A Savior's born in Bethlehem
And men and angels sing

Repeat Chorus

There is so much more to Christmas (so much more)
Than what we see each year
More than a holiday
Much more than it appears

So we stand among the many
And lift our voice as one (lift our voice in song)
Like Mary we know the truth is found
Only through her Son (holy Son of God)

Generations celebrate
The day that Christ was born (Jesus Christ was born)
But since we found the grace of God
It's Christmas every morn

Jesus (Holy Lord (NoŽl, NoŽl, NoŽl, NoŽl))
Blessed Messiah (Holy Lord (NoŽl, NoŽl, NoŽl, NoŽl))
Jesus (Holy Lord (NoŽl, NoŽl, NoŽl, NoŽl))
Precious Lord (Holy Lord (NoŽl, NoŽl, NoŽl, NoŽl))
Jesus (Holy Lord (NoŽl, NoŽl, NoŽl, NoŽl))
The reason for the season (Holy Lord (NoŽl, NoŽl, NoŽl, NoŽl))
Jesus (Holy Lord (NoŽl, NoŽl, NoŽl, NoŽl))
God's one and only Son (Holy Lord (NoŽl, NoŽl, NoŽl, NoŽl))

Scriptural Reference:

"You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."  Luke 1:31-33

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Silent Night

Words: Joseph Mohr (1816)
Music: Franz Xaver Gruber (1818)
Arrangement: Keith Lancaster © 1990 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)  
This song also appeared on A Savior Is Born by Acappella and AVB, Acappella Carols by The Acappella Company, and The First Christmas by Rescue.
Lead: Wayburn Dean

Lyrics:

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth

Silent night, holy night!
Earth awakes, silence breaks
High our anthems and melodies raise
Heaven and earth in full chorus brings
Peace forever shall reign
Peace forever shall reign

Scriptural Reference:

"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.'"  Luke 2:8-10

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Joy to the World

Words: Isaac Watts (1709)
Music: G. F. Handel
Arrangement: Keith Lancaster © 1990 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)  
This song also appeared on A Savior Is Born by Acappella and AVB and Acappella Carols by The Acappella Company.
Lead: Jay Smith

Lyrics:

Joy to the world, The Lord is come
Let earth receive her King
Let ev'ry heart prepare Him room
And heav'n and nature sing
And heav'n and nature sing
And heav'n and heav'n 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

He rules the world with truth and grace
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness
And wonders of His love
And wonders of his love
And wonders, and wonders of His love

Joy to the world, The Lord is come
Let earth receive, receive her King
Let ev'ry heart prepare Him room
And heav'n and nature sing
And heav'n and nature sing
And heav'n and heav'n and nature sing

Sing, nature, sing
Joy to the World

Joy to the World (x3)

Scriptural Reference:

"I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them."  John 17:13

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There Were Angels

Words and music: Randy Gill © 1992 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on Acappella Christmas by The Acappella Company.
Lead: Wayburn Dean

Lyrics:

Angels (there were angels)
Angels (singing that night)
Angels were singing (angels were singing that night)

For the Prince of Peace and the Lord of Light
There were angels singing that night (singing that night)

No one could have known what would be revealed
On a quiet night near Bethlehem to the shepherds in the field
They were out with the flocks that night
Gathered round the fire
When they heard the sound of an angel, an angel in the choir

Chorus:
There were angels singing that night (angels singing)
There were angels singing
About the Prince of Peace and the Lord of Light
There were angels singing that night (angels singing that night)

Bridge:
One minute everything was still, not a soul was standing there
The next minute the sky's on fire and music fills the air

Repeat Chorus

Glory to the King, glory to the Master (King of Kings)
Glory to the King, glory to the Savior (the Savior is Born)
Glory to the King (angels singing that night)
Prince of Peace and the Lord of Light (the Savior is born)
(Born in Bethlehem, Christ the Lamb)
I'm singing glory to the newborn King
You're the King of glory
You're the King of Kings and the Lord of glory
Even the angels sing your glory

Repeat Chorus

About the Prince of Peace and the Lord of Light
There were angels singing that night (angels singing that night)
They were singing about the Prince of Peace and the Lord of Light

Scriptural Reference:

"But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.'"  Luke 2:10-11

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O Come, O Come Emanuel

Words and music: Traditional Chant
Arrangement: Gary Moyers © 1994 Clifty Music (BMI)
This song also appeared on Acappella Classycal by The Acappella Company.
Lead: Duane Adams

Lyrics:

Veni, Veni Emanuel
Captivum solve Israel

O come, o come, Emanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear

Chorus:
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emanuel
Shall come to thee, o Israel (come o come)

O come, o Day-spring come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
And drive away the shades of night
And pierce the clouds and bring us light

Repeat Chorus

Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice, rejoice (3-fold)

O come desire of nations bind
And wars the hearts of all mankind
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease
And be Thyself our Prince of Peace

Rejoice! (O come Emanuel) Rejoice! (O come Emanuel) Emanuel
Rejoice! (O come Emanuel) Rejoice! (O come Emanuel) Emanuel
Shall come to thee, o Israel
Shall come to thee, o Israel
Shall come to thee, o Israel

Scriptural Reference:

"Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."  Matthew 1:23 (KJV)

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Christmas Medley

Music: Mix of several traditional Christmas tunes
Arrangement: Gary Moyers © 1992 Clifty Music (BMI)
This song also appeared on Acappella Christmas by The Acappella Company.
Lead: Gary Moyers, Gary Miller, and Duane Adams

Lyrics:

(humming interlude)

Gloria, gloria
Gloria, gloria
Gloria, gloria
Gloria, gloria

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

(humming interlude)

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No Other Day

Words and music: Keith Lancaster © 1992 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on Acappella Christmas by The Acappella Company.
Lead: Brian Randolph

Lyrics:

No other day was quite like that day
None other like Christmas morn
No other day was quite like that day
Day when the Savior was born

No other day was quite like that day
Day that the prophets foresaw
No other day was quite like that day
Giver fulfilling the law

No other day was quite like that day
None other saw greater things
No other day was quite like that day
Born to the earth King of Kings

Repeat All

No other day was quite like that day
Born to the earth King of Kings (born to the earth King of Kings)
Born to the earth King of Kings

Scriptural Reference:

"When they saw the star, they were overjoyed."  Matthew 2:10

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Here We Come A-Caroling Medley

Words to "Silent Night": Joseph Mohr (1816)
Music to "Silent Night": Franz Xaver Gruber (1818)

Words to "O Come, All Ye Faithful": John Francis Wade (French words to "Adeste Fideles"- 1742) and Frederick Oakeley (Modern English Translation- 1852)

Words to "Joy to the World": Isaac Watts (1709)
Music to "Joy to the World": G. F. Handel

Words to "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing": Charles Wesley
Music to "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing": Felix Mendelssohn

Arrangement: Gary Miller © 1995 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on Christmas by Acappella Children.
Lead: None

Lyrics:

Merry Christmas (Merry Christmas)
Merry Christmas (Merry Christmas)
Merry Christmas (Merry Christmas)
Merry Christmas (Merry Christmas)

Here we come a-caroling among the leaves so green
Here we come a-wondering so fair to be seen
Love and joy come to you, and to you your carol too
And God bless you and send you a happy new year
And God send you a happy new year

Said the night wind to the little lamb
"Do you see what I see? (Do you see what I see?)"
Way up in the sky little lamb
"Do you see what I see? (Do you see what I see?)"

A star, a star
Dancing in the night
With a tail as big as a kite
With a tail as big as a kite

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o'er the plains
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains

Gloria in excelsis Deo
Gloria in excelsis Deo

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

Here we come a-caroling among the leaves so green
Here we come a-wondering so fair to be seen

Joy to the world, The Lord is come
Let earth receive her King
Let ev'ry heart prepare Him room
And heav'n and nature sing
And heav'n and nature sing
And heav'n and heav'n and nature sing

(As 3-fold round)
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"
Hark! the herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Love and joy come to you, and to you your carol too
And God bless you and send you a happy new year
And God send you a happy, may God send you a happy
He will send you a happy new year

Spoken Vocals:
That was wonderful.
Hey Grandmas and Grandpa!  Merry Christmas
C'mon in here where it's warm - I have supper on the table

Scriptural Reference:

"I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them."  John 17:13

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That's What I Love About Christmas

Words and music: Gary Moyers © 1992 Clifty Music (BMI)
This song also appeared on Acappella Christmas by The Acappella Company.
All Vocals: Gary Moyers

Lyrics:

That's what I love about Christmas...

Hooking up the Christmas lights, last minute shopping spree
Putting decorations on the evergreen tree
Oh I can hardly wait, that's what I love about Christmas

Shaking packages, mistletoe above the door
Eating too much food and laying down on the floor
Lots of memories, that's what I love about Christmas

Chorus 1:
Everyone's sneaking a holiday sweet
No one wants to leave
Little kids acting like they're asleep
While they're trying to catch Santa on Christmas Eve

Mom is cooking dinner, presents underneath the tree
It's a Wonderful Life is showing on TV
Wouldn't change a thing 'cause that's what I love about Christmas

Chorus 2:
Stockings stuffed with gifts galore
Home is feeling warm
If you want a good cup of Christmas cheer
Watch a child's expression on Christmas morn

Look at all the Christmas cards, kids playing in the hall
Dad's in the easy chair watching football
Yes it's finally here, that's what I love about Christmas
It took it's time getting here, that's what I love about Christmas
Hope you feel it, that's why I wish you a Merry Christmas

Scriptural Reference:

"Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.'"  Luke 2:13-14

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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Words: Charles Wesley
Music: Felix Mendelssohn
Arrangement: Keith Lancaster © 1990 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)  
This song also appeared on A Savior Is Born by Acappella and AVB and Acappella Carols by The Acappella Company.
Lead: Max Plaster

Lyrics:

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"
Hark! the herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Christ, by highest heav'n adored
Christ, the everlasting Lord
Late in time behold him come
Offspring of the favored one
Veil'd in flesh, the Godhead see
Hail, th'incarnate Deity
Pleased, as man, with men to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel! (Jesus... Emmanuel)
Hark! the herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Hail! the heav'n-born Prince of peace!
Hail! the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings
Risen with healing in his wings
Mild he lays his glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! the herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Scriptural Reference:

"After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, 'Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.'"  Matthew 2:1-2

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Angels We Have Heard on High

Words and music: Traditional French
Arrangement: Keith Lancaster © 1990 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)  
This song also appeared on A Savior Is Born by Acappella and AVB and Acappella Carols by The Acappella Company.
Lead: Jay Smith, Duane Adams, Gary Moyers, Wayburn Dean and George Pendergrass

Lyrics:

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o'er the plains
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.

Chorus:
Gloria in excelsis Deo
Gloria in excelsis Deo

Shepherds why this jubilee
Why your joyous songs prolong
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song

Repeat Chorus

Come to Bethlehem and see
Him whose birth the angels sing
Come, adore on bended knee
Christ, the Lord, the new-born King

Repeat Chorus (x2)

Scriptural Reference:

"Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders."  Revelation 5:11

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Jesus Carol

Music: M. Leontovich
Words and music to "Jesus Is the Answer": Andrae & Sandra Crouch © 1937 Carl Fischer, Inc., 1973 Bud John Songs, Inc.
This song also appeared on Christmas by Acappella Children and "Jesus Is the Answer" appeared on Give Me Light by Acappella Vocal Band.
Lead: None

Lyrics:

Merry, merry, merry, Merry Christmas
Merry, merry, merry, Merry Christmas

Merry, merry, merry, Merry Christmas
Merry, merry, merry, Merry Christmas

Jesus is the Answer for the World Today
Above Him there's no other, Jesus is the way
Jesus is the Answer for the World Today
Above Him there's no other, Jesus is the way

Jesus is the Answer for the World Today
Above Him there's no other, Jesus is the way
Jesus is the Answer for the World Today
Above Him there's no other, Jesus is the way

Jesus is the way
Jesus is the way
Jesus is the way

Scriptural Reference:

"'You are a king, then!' said Pilate. Jesus answered, 'You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.'"  John 18:37

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Merry Christmas

Words and music: John Green and Max Plaster © 1992 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on Acappella Christmas by The Acappella Company.
Lead: John Green and Max Plaster

Lyrics:

Chorus:
Merry Christmas
Christ was born let's celebrate
Merry Christmas
God sent love to show the way
Merry Christmas
Shout the news to every land
Merry Christmas
A Savior's born in Bethlehem

Giving the gift of love through Christ His son
Shining a star far to the east
Pointing the way to where Immanuel lay
Guiding them to the Prince of Peace

Heavenly hosts appeared to men that night
Praising the Lord and saying this (peace on earth)
Let there be peace on earth to men tonight
On whom His favor rests

Repeat Chorus

Herod the king heard of the Savior's birth
Claiming, "I must go worship Him"
Calling together wise men to come forth
All in search of the King of Kings

Reaching the place of the newborn baby child
Humble, they fell on bended knee
Offering gifts of incense, myrrh, and gold
To lay at Jesus' feet

Merry Christmas
Bring Him your gift of love and say
Merry Christmas
Bow before our King today

Bridge:
Little did they know (little did they know)
Christ would be King (He'd take care of it)
Giving the greatest gift of love
As He took away their sins (took it away)
Merry Christmas

Repeat Chorus

So when you think of how this all began
A celebration seems just right
Sing hallelujah on this Christmas day
We've been given the gift of life

Given the gift, the gift, the gift of life
Given the gift, the gift, the gift of life
Given the gift, the gift, the gift of life
Given the gift, the gift, the gift of life

Merry Christmas (given the gift, the gift, the gift of life)
(Given the gift, the gift, the gift of life)
Merry Christmas (given the gift, the gift, the gift of life)
(Given the gift, the gift, the gift of life)
Merry Christmas (given the gift, the gift, the gift of life)
(Given the gift, the gift, the gift of life)
Merry Christmas

Scriptural Reference:

"Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared.  He sent them to Bethlehem and said, 'Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.'"  Matthew 2:7-8

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What Child is This

Words and music: William Chatterton Dix
Arrangement: Keith Lancaster © 1990 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)  
This song also appeared on A Savior Is Born by Acappella and AVB and Acappella Carols by The Acappella Company.
Lead: George Pendergrass

Lyrics:

What Child is this, who laid to rest,
On Mary's lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet
While shepherds watch are keeping?

This, this is Christ the King
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing.
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

Why lies He in such mean estate
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christian, fear: for sinners here,
The silent Word is pleading.

Nails, spears shall pierce Him through
The cross be born for me and you
Hail, hail the word meet flesh
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh;
Come peasant, king to own Him.
The King of Kings salvation brings;
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.

Raise, raise the song on high
The virgin sings her lullaby
Joy, joy for Christ is born
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

The Babe, the Son of Mary
The Babe, the Son of Mary

Scriptural Reference:

"On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh."  Matthew 2:11

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Is Born a Savior

Words and music: Gary Miller © 1995 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on Christmas by Acappella Children.
Lead: Ellie Miller and Gretchen Miller

Lyrics:

Holy Messiah (He's born a Savior)
Holy Messiah (He's born a Savior)
Holy Messiah (He's born a Savior)
Holy Messiah

The time has been fulfilled
The truth has been revealed
The town is Bethlehem
The task will now begin
The task will now begin

The total love of God
The virgin's tiny Son
The tainted hearts of men
The task will now begin
The task will now begin

Chorus:
To shepherds in the field
To wise men from the east
To people everywhere
Is born a Savior
Is born a Messiah
Is born Emmanuel
Is born Jesus

Is born a Savior (is born a Savior)
Is born a Savior (is born a Savior)
Is born a Savior (is born a Savior)

A babe in swaddling clothes
A newborn's sweet repose
Love's sacrifice for sin
The task will now begin
The task will now begin

This Holy Godly Child
The grace of God compiled
The hope for hopeless men
The task will now begin
The task will now begin

Repeat Chorus

Messiah (Holy Lord)
Jesus Lord Messiah (Holy Lord Messiah)

To shepherds in the field (in the field)
To wise men from the east (from the east)
To people everywhere (everywhere)
Is born a Savior
Is born a Messiah
Is born Emmanuel
Is born Jesus

Scriptural Reference:

"Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord."  Luke 2:11

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O Holy Night

Words: Placide Clappeau
Music: Adolphe Charles Adam
Arrangement: Keith Lancaster © 1990 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on A Savior Is Born by Acappella and AVB, Acappella Carols by The Acappella Company, and The First Christmas by Rescue.
Vocals: Steve Camping, Chad Bahr, and Allen Krehbiel
Lead: Steve Camping

Lyrics:

Holy Lord, Holy Lord
Holy Lord, Holy Lord (You are Holy, You are Holy)
Holy Lord, Holy Lord (You are Holy, You are Holy) (Holy, Holy)
Holy Lord, Holy Lord (You are Holy, You are Holy) (Holy, Holy)

O holy night the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior's birth (my Jesus' birth)
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth

A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn
Fall on your knees
O hear the angel voices
O night divine
O night (O night) when Christ was born
O night, O holy night
O night divine

Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace (He gives me peace)
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we
Let all within us praise His Holy name
Christ is the Lord (Holy Lord)
O praise His name forever
His pow'r and glory ever more proclaim (ever more proclaim)
His pow'r and glory ever more proclaim
His pow'r and glory ever more proclaim

Scriptural Reference:

"Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord."  Luke 2:11

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Little Drummer Boy

Words and music: Katherine K. Davis, Henry Ornorati, and Harry Simeone © Warner Brothers Music Pub.
Arrangement: Gary Moyers, Kevin Schaffer, Barry Wilson, and Ken McAlpin
Vocals: Gary Moyers, Kevin Schaffer, Barry Wilson, and Ken McAlpin
Lead: Kevin Schaffer
Sample: Windows Media

Lyrics:

Come, they told me, pa rum pa pum pum (rum pa pum pum, rum pa pum pum)
A newborn king to see, pa rum pa pum pum (rum pa pum pum, rum pa pum pum)
Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pa pum pum (rum pa pum pum, rum pa pum pum)
To lay before the king, pa rum pa pum pum (pum)
Rum a pum pum (pum), rum pa pum pum (rum pa pum pum, rum pa pum pum)
So to honor him, pa rum pa pum pum (rum pa pum pum, rum pa pum pum)
When we come

Little baby, pa rum pa pum pum
I am a poor boy, too, pa rum pa pum pum
I have no gift to bring, pa rum pa pum pum
That's fit to give a king, pa rum pa pum pum
Rum pa pum pum, rum pa pum pum
Shall I play for you pa rum pa pum pum
On my drum

Mary nodded, pa rum pa pum pum
The ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pa pum pum
I played my drums for him, pa rum pa pum pum
I played my best for him, pa rum pa pum pum
Rum pa pum pum, rum pa pum pum
Then he smiled at me, pa rum pa pum pum
Me and my drum
Me and my drum
Me and my drum

Scriptural Reference:

"On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh."  Matthew 2:11

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