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AcaDisc #107- The First Christmas by Rescue

Original Release: 2001 Mackrover Songs
Available through Rescue
Producer: Jason Overstreet
Engineer: Scott Hybl
Mixed by: Jason Overstreet and Jim Carlin at Northstar Studios
Mastered by: Scott Hybl at Northstart Studios
Photography: Buck Layton
Recording at: Northstar Studios
Vocals: Jason McKenney
            Jason Overstreet
            Jason Pearce
            Josh McKenney

Song List

Christmas to Remember
The First Christmas
Mary Did You Know
Silent Night
Go Tell It On the Mountain
O Holy Night
It Is He
O Come All Ye Faithful
In Your Care
Merry Little Christmas

Christmas to Remember

Words: Beverly Darnell and Jason McKenney
Music: Amy Grant, Beverly Darnell, and Chris Eaton
Arrangement: Jason Overstreet
Lead:

Lyrics:

A star shining bright, hope is in the air
And angels everywhere, close your eyes, He's almost here
Mother with child, so meek and mild
Tell me can you feel the love sent with Him from up above?

And God had a dream for you
And through His Son it came true

Chorus 1:
Setting our hope on a Savior tonight
Knowing He came to make all things right
And it's gonna be a Christmas to remember
The Son of God, hear the angels sing
Peace on earth is what He will bring
And it's gonna be a Christmas to remember

I know it's true, time does not stand still
Celebrations change, but we know some things never will
The hope that He gives can be yours this holiday
He'd have it no other way, open your heart this Christmas day

And God has a dream for you
Why not make it come true?

Repeat Chorus 1

Chorus 2:
Setting our hope on a Savior tonight (Savior tonight)
Knowing He came to make all things right (He came to make it all right)
And it's gonna be a Christmas to remember
The Son of God, hear the angels sing (hear the angels sing)
Peace on earth is what He will bring
And it's gonna be a Christmas to remember

To remember, to remember, to remember

Scriptural Reference:

"This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe."  1 Timothy 4:9-10

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The First Christmas

Words: Matt Lusk 1999 Mackrover Songs
Music: Matt Lusk and Jason Overstreet 1999 Mackrover Songs
Lead:

Lyrics:

Little child, Christmas day, runnin' wild
Hopin' Santa came round that way
Looks at the tree, what's for me?
Can't wait to bask in the warmth of schoolmate jealousy

Chorus:
This is not at all like the first Christmas
The time when all the angels sang
Peace on earth (peace on earth) singing glory to God in the highest
Hallelujah to the new born King

T.V. spots and magazines
What does Jesus think of a world's imported Christmas dreams?
It's hard to believe that there's a need we seem to have for this Christmas season
But even with all the joy we see we seem to have forgot the reason

Repeat Chorus

Bridge:
What happened to the story of the virgin birth?
Or the baby in a manger?
From the time of Christ Christmas has changed so much
Now Christ is the stranger

Repeat Chorus (x2)

Little child, Christmas day, runnin' wild
Hopin' Santa come round that way
This is not at all like the first Christmas

Scriptural Reference:

"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation."  Colossians 1:15

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Mary Did You Know

Words: Mark Lowry 1991 Word Music/Rufus Music (ASCAP)
Music: Buddy Greene  1991 Word Music/Rufus Music (ASCAP)
Arrangement: Jason Overstreet
This song also appeared on Acappella Family Christmas by The Acappella Company.
Lead: Matt Lusk

Lyrics:

Mary, oh Mary

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
That your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you've delivered
Would soon deliver you

Mary did you know
That your baby boy will give sight to the blind man?
Mary did you know
That your baby boy could calm a 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

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

The Great I Am
Oh Mary did you know that your baby boy would be the Great I Am

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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Silent Night

Words: Joseph Mohr (1816)
Music: Franz Xaver Gruber (1818)
Arrangement: Jason Overstreet 2001 Mackrover Songs (BMI)
This song also appeared on A Savior Is Born by Acappella and AVB, Acappella Carols by The Acappella Company, and Acappella Family Christmas by The Acappella Company.
Lead:
Background Ensemble: Jared Anderson, Ike Graul, Kirk Hendricks, Ken Howard, BJ Kuykendall, Matt Lusk, Eric Meyer, Paul Norquist, Marc Peter, Jeffrey Scott, Joey Soulagnet, and Jeremy Thong.

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
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing alleluia
Christ the Savior is born
Christ the Savior (the Savior) is born

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

Sleep in heavenly peace
Silent

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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Go Tell It On the Mountain

Words: John W. Work, Jr. (1907)
Music: Jester Hairston
Arrangement: Jason Overstreet  2001 Mackrover Songs (BMI)
This song also appeared on Acappella Christmas by The Acappella Company.
Lead:

Lyrics:

Chorus:
Go, tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountain
That Jesus Christ is born

While shepherds kept them watching
O'er silent flocks by night
Behold throughout the heavens
There shown a holy light

Repeat Chorus

Down in a lowly manger (the manger)
The humble Christ was born
And brought us God's salvation (brought us salvation)
That blessed Christmas morn

Repeat Chorus

The shepherds feared and trembled
When low above the earth
Rang out the angel chorus
That hailed the Savior's birth

Repeat Chorus (x2)

Jesus Christ is, Jesus Christ is born

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."  Luke 2:8-9
"When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them."  Luke 2:17-18

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O Holy Night

Words: Placide Clappeau
Music: Adolphe Charles Adam
Arrangement: Jason Overstreet  2001 Mackrover Songs (BMI)
This song also appeared on A Savior Is Born by Acappella and AVB, Acappella Carols by The Acappella Company, and Acappella Family Christmas by The Acappella Company.
Lead:

Lyrics:

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

A thrill of hope, the weary world 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 divine
O night, O night divine

Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
O 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 (Christ) is the Lord
O praise (praise) His name forever
His pow'r and glory forever (ever) more proclaim
His pow'r and glory ever more proclaim

Fall on your knees
O hear the angel voices
O night divine
O night, O night, O night (O night) when Christ was born (when Christ was born)
O night divine
O night, O night divine (O holy night the stars are brightly shining, holy)

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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It Is He

Words and music: Matt Lusk and Jason Overstreet  2001 Mackrover Songs (BMI)
Scripture Reading: John McKenney
Lead:

Lyrics:

The stage was set, it was the first coming
A baby boy, as the angel said
To the shepherds the wise men, oh could this be?
The Messiah our Savior, oh is this He?

Chorus 1:
The actors in place, the curtain drawn
Could this infant know the stage He's on?
As the dawning hailed welcome God's first born Son
And the stars in the heavens inquired of One

Oh who could this baby be?

Spoken Vocals (John 1:1-2,4-5,12b):
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God
He was with God in the beginning
In him was life, and that life was the light of men
The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it
To those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God

Repeat Chorus 1

Oh who would this baby be?
(Come now they told me, pa-rum-pa-pa-pum, me and my drum)

Let the trees of the field clap their hands in praise
As the wise men beheld young Ancient of Days
For the One who would die, that man might be saved
Was asleep in a manger rest, man's infant grace

Chorus 2
It is He, the One who loves us all
It is He, the One who saved our souls
It is He, God and human in full, Emanuel (Emanuel)

Repeat Chorus 1 and 2 (together)

And the stars in the heavens inquired of One
In the City of David, born God's own Son

Scriptural Reference:

"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 men.  The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.  Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God "  John 1:1-5,12

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O Come, All Ye Faithful

Words: John Francis Wade (French words to "Adeste Fideles"- 1742) and Frederick Oakeley (Modern English Translation- 1852)
Arrangement: Jason Overstreet  2001 Mackrover Songs (BMI)
This song also appeared on A Savior Is Born by Acappella and AVB and Acappella Carols by The Acappella Company.
Lead:

Lyrics:

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

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

Repeat Chorus

Sing, choirs of angels
Sing in exultation
O Sing all ye citizens of heaven above
Glory to God, glory in the Highest

Repeat Chorus

Yea Lord we greet Thee
Born this happy morning
O Jesus to thee be glory giv'n
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing

Repeat Chorus

O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord

Scriptural Reference:

"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 2:8

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In Your Care

Words and music: Billy Simon and Mark Harris
Arrangement: Jason Overstreet
Lead:

Lyrics:

Sleep, Mary sleep, I will be there soon
Entering earth through your precious womb
My child oh my mother of earth
Give me the gift of birth

Sleep, Joseph sleep, may you dream of love
Peace to the earth through your newborn Son
Oh raise me with honor and pride
I will stand by your side

And I'll be in your care (safely in your care), safely harbored there (just shelter me in care)
My heavenly host will follow me close (oh so close)
And I will be in your care

Now Israel oh my chosen one (my chosen one)
Prophets foretold that this day would come
I pray you will know I'm your King
Salvation is what I bring (salvation's what I bring)

And I'll be in your care (so closely in your care), safely harbored there (just shelter me in care)
My heavenly host will follow me close (oh so close)
But always remember, please be aware, that I will be in your care

Care for me and shelter me in childhood
Knowing that someday I'll have to go
And though it may seem hopeless when I'm hanging on a tree
You can know for certain I'll return
But until then...

You'll be in my care (so closely in my care), safely harbored there (so sheltered with my care)
My heavenly host will follow you close (oh so close)
But always remember, please be aware, that you will be in my care

You'll be in my care (you'll be in, you'll be in, oh you'll be in my care)
Oh you'll be in my care (you'll be in, you'll be in, oh you'll be in my care)
Oh you'll be in my care (you'll be in, you'll be in, oh you'll be in my care)
Oh you'll be in my care

Scriptural Reference:

"I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety."  Psalm 4:8

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Merry Little Christmas

Words and music: Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
Arrangement: Jason Overstreet  2001 Mackrover Songs (BMI)
Lead:

Lyrics:

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light (merry little Christmas)
From now on your troubles will be out of sight

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let the music play
From now on our troubles will be miles away

Here we are as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more

Through the years we all will be together
If the Lord allows
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough
And have yourself a merry little Christmas now

Scriptural Reference:

"Finally, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus."  Galatians 6:17

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