Messages

Promised long ago in Eden,
One to quash the devil’s scheme,
One to save the sons of Adam
– from rebellion to redeem.

Promised then to Israel’s nation,
to await, prepare in faith,
telling out to other peoples
– ‘Saviour comes for all the earth’.

Prophets warned them when they wandered
from their God’s good, holy ways
– always some were faithful, constant
waiting for redemption’s days.

In the East some expectation
of a coming King – some gaze,
noticing the special star that
over Israel shone, ablaze.

Tune: 87 87 trochaic

Decluttering

“No room in the inn” –
no room in the clutter,
the litter and glitter,
the whirling of life, for Him;

with battering, jetting
and fluttering, flitting
no free space to find
in minutes or mind –

the time to de-clutter
and quit all the tatters
of things that don’t matter,
… to find something better?

Make room in the schedule
for His role and rule
and peace – welcome goal:
Come to me, I’ll hear,
Come near and come in, my King.

Joy 365 days and ever

Joy to the world – not just a day
of happiness each year,
not just a short-lived time of play,
an answer to all fear,
an answer to all fear,
an answer to all fear.

Angels announced and shepherds heard,
and went to Bethlehem.
They found the child, and spread the word –
amazement followed them,
amazement followed them,
amazement followed them.

Joy to the world, don’t be deceived
to spurn the gift of joy.
And all who have this gift received
know it’s no childish toy,
know it’s no childish toy,
know it’s no childish toy.

this is based on the song ‘Joy to the world’ by Isaac Watts, tune by Handel

The Star in the manger

The Star of the story
was not in the sky,
– though veiled now his glory,
this Babe born to die
had come from the place where
his honour was great –
though welcomed by some here,
King Herod would hate.

The Babe in the manger
like others would grow,
but teach of great danger,
and truth he would show.
Sent here by the Father
to rescue, redeem,
and never another
like him – He’s supreme.

The Star of our history
who owns everything,
one day his great glory
with him he will bring
and show why he came here
as babe long ago,
our nature, our flesh share
that Him we might know.
Tune: 11 11 11 11 eg Away in a Manger

“ A child … will be called …”

The child will be Wonderful,
miraculous, Counsellor:
true, kind and wisdom-ful,
a powerful Comforter.

The child will be God, the Son,
the governing Prince of Peace;
eternal, from heaven he’d come –
his kingdom will spread, increase.

A Father’s protective care,
good Shepherd who will redeem,
our follies and sins he’ll bear,
and Light in the darkness beam.

The Awesome Message

To Nazareth the angel came
to tell of Mary’s son who’d reign
for ever – Mary, puzzled, heard
the astonishing, amazing word –

Soon, to a child she would give birth
– the Son of God come down to earth,
and name him Jesus, Saviour-King:
God’s blessing to the world he’d bring.

‘How can this be?’ she asked – she still
was not yet married – in God’s will
his Spirit would in power great
the child miraculously create.

Humbly accepting; Joseph too
was told of what the Lord would do,
they trusted through the waiting days,
and Mary sang God’s grace and praise.

 

“Santa(?)”’s ‘Naughty’ list

If Santa really watches all,
then every single name would fall
not in the ‘nice’, but ‘naughty’ list –
for everyone the target’s missed.

We won’t succeed even if we start
perfecting life – the whole, not part –
we’re bound to mess up, and can’t pay
to wash past guiltiness away.

So if there is a God who sees,
can anyone his verdict please?
and can we have real happiness,
can he be kind to us and bless?

As no-one can be nice enough,
then Jesus came to take us off
the ‘naughty’ list if we’ll receive
his goodness, niceness and believe. Tune: LM

Present Presence

No babe in Bethlem,
the manger’s bare,
the cross is empty –
he is not there:
he’s gone to heaven
from where he sees
and hears and guides us,
and holds death’s keys.

So call out to him
that he prepare
a home there for you,
but meet you here,
send down his Spirit
to grace impart,
and be your Guest now
within your heart.

Tune: 54 54D eg ‘Have thine own way, Lord’

The Best

God made a special star one day,
and wise men came from far away.
They understood a wonderful thing –
a baby had been born our King,
Sing, sing of him the wonderful King,
our love and honour to him bring.

An angel told the shepherds, ‘Go!,
God’s love and joy and peace to know;
In Bethlehem the baby boy
is King to bring you peace and joy.’

At Christmas time we have a lot
of presents, fun, but we must not
forget that Jesus is the best –
by him we can be loved and blessed.

Tune:
‘On Christmas night all Christians sing’

Father Precious

Not just a jolly image
who’s bringing gifts galore
(guffaws that shake his rib-cage
ring out around the store),
but one who is a Father
all year to give what‘s good
– not toys but help to better
live now the way we should:

A Father for all seasons,
knows all we’ve ever done,
does not excuse our treasons,
but beckons us to come
confess, receive forgiveness
for Jesus forged the Way,
his Father’s grace be given us
for deeds and words each day.
Tune: 76 76 D eg Nettleton (American Folk Tune)