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Thursday, November 24, 2011

A New Christmas Carol - The Lord of Heaven Come Near

This is one of those holiday things that I remember:  I remember complaining to my dad that I really didn't like many of the Christmas carols that we sang at church.  (I still don't like "Silent Night" or "Away in the Manger.")  My dad suggested that if I didn't like the ones we sang, I should write a new one.

I've finally done that. I've written a new Christmas carol.




The Lord of Heaven Come Near

Angels announced the Savior’s birth
to shepherds in the field,
“This day you’ll find in David’s town
the Lord of Heaven come near.”
Lord of Heaven, Emmanuel,
Lord of Heaven, come.

Angels announced the Savior’s birth
to shepherds in the field.

 Magi came from the east to find
the one the star announced
bringing gifts and worshipping
the Lord of Heaven come near.
Lord of Heaven, Emmanuel,
Lord of Heaven, come.

Magi came from the east to find
the one star announced.

Glory to God in highest heaven
and peace to men on earth.
Praise God who sent his son to be
the Lord of Heaven come near.
Lord of Heaven, Emmanuel,
Lord of Heaven, come.
Glory to God in highest heaven
and peace to men on earth.

Praise God the Father and the Son
and Holy Spirit too,
the grave is closed and heaven’s free
the Lord of heaven came near.
Lord of Heaven, Emmanuel,
Lord of Heaven, come.
Praise God the Father, and the Son
and Holy Spirit too.

The arrangement I've posted has one verse as a introduction, the four verses for singing, and then a final instrumental verse.  I'll post the sheet music for it tomorrow.  Feel free to download it and to use it for yourself or your church. 

And, please remember the Salvation Army during this time.  This is our biggest fundraising event. You can give at the kettles or with a check in the mail or by using this virtual kettle.  Thank you very much.

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