Merry christmas

Welcome to Christmas Eve worship at First Congregational Church of Hudson!  The texts for the carols and hymns being sung in worship today are found below.  Please join us in these joyous songs of the season.

O Come, All ye faithful

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; Refrain


Refrain:

O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him,

O come, let us adore him, Christ, the Lord!


Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation, sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!

Glory to God, all glory in the highest; Refrain


Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning, Jesus, to thee be all glory given;

Word of the Eternal, now in flesh appearing; Refrain

Hark! The herald angels sing

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 the angelic host proclaim, “Christ is born in Bethlehem!”


Refrain:

Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!” 


Christ, by highest heaven adored, Christ, the everlasting Lord!

Late in time behold him come, offspring of the virgin’s womb.

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; hail the incarnate Deity,

pleased on earth with us to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel. Refrain


Hail the heaven-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 we no more may die,

born to raise all souls on earth, born to give us second birth. Refrain

It came upon the midnight clear

It came upon the midnight clear, that glorious song of old,

from angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold;

“Peace on the earth, good will to all, from heaven great news we bring.”

The world in solemn stillness lay to hear the angels sing.

 

And ye, beneath life’s crushing load whose forms are bending low,

who toil along the climbing way, with painful steps and slow,

look now, for glad and golden hours come swiftly on the wing;

O rest beside the weary road, and hear the angels sing!


For lo, the days are hastening on, by prophet bards foretold,

when with the ever-circling years comes round the age of gold,

when peace shall over all the earth its ancient splendors fling,

and the whole world send back the song which now the angels sing.

Away in a manger

Away in a manger, no crib for his 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 till morning is nigh.  


Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask thee to stay

close by me forever, and love me, I pray. 

Bless all the dear children in thy tender care,

and fit us for heaven to live with thee there.  

angels we have heard on high

Angels we have heard on high sweetly singing o’er the plains, 

and the mountains in reply echo back their joyous strains.  


Refrain: Gloria in excelsis Deo! Gloria in excelsis Deo!  


Shepherds, why this jubilee? Why your joyous strains prolong? 

Say what may the tidings be, which inspire your heavenly song. Refrain  


Come to Bethlehem and see Christ whose birth the angels sing; 

come adore on bended knee Christ, the Lord, the newborn King. Refrain  

the first nowell

The first Nowell the angel 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.  

 

Refrain: Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, born is the King of Israel.


They look-ed 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. Refrain 


Then entered in those wise men three, full reverently upon their knee,

and offered there, in his presence, their gold and myrrh and frankincense. Refrain 

the friendly beasts

Jesus, our brother, strong and good, was humbly born in a stable rude, 

and the friendly beasts around him stood, Jesus, our brother, strong and good. 


“I,” said the donkey, shaggy and brown, “I carried his mother uphill and down;

I carried his mother to Bethlehem town; I,” said the donkey, shaggy and brown. 


“I,” said the cow, all white and red, “I gave him my manger for his bed;

I gave him my hay to pillow his head; I,” said the cow, all white and red. 


“I,” said the sheep with the curly horn, “I gave him my wool for a blanket warm; 

he wore my coat on Christmas morn; I,” said the sheep, with the curly horn. 


“I,” said the dove, from the rafters high, “I cooed him to sleep that he should not cry;

we cooed him to sleep, my mate and I; I,” said the dove, from the rafters high. 


Thus all the beasts, by some good spell, in the stable dark were glad to tell

of the gifts they gave Emmanuel, the gifts they gave Emmanuel. 

what child is this?

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? 


Refrain: This, this is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and angels sing: 

Haste, haste to bring him praise, the babe, the son of Mary. 


Why lies the child in manger bare where ox and ass are feeding? 

Give heed, draw near, for sinners here the silent Word is pleading. Refrain 


So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh, come, rich and poor, to own him; 

The King of kings salvation brings, let loving hearts enthrone him. Refrain

in the bleak midwinter

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,

earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; 

snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, 

in the bleak midwinter, long ago. 


Our God, heaven cannot hold him, nor earth sustain; 

heaven and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign. 

In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed

the Lord God almighty, Jesus Christ. 


What can I give him, poor as I am? 

If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb; 

if I were a wise man, I would do my part; 

yet what I can I give him: give my heart. 

joy to the world

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.  


Joy to the world! the Savior reigns: let earth her songs employ;

let fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains repeat the sounding joy,

repeat the sounding joy, repeat, repeat the sounding joy.  


Christ 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, wonders of his love.  

o little town of bethlehem

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. 


How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is given! 

So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of his heaven. 

No ear may hear his coming, but in this world of sin, 

where meek souls will receive him, still the dear Christ enters in. 


O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray; 

cast out our sin and enter in; be born in us today. 

We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell; 

O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel! 

go tell it on the mountain

Refrain:

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 their watching o’er silent flocks by night, 

behold throughout the heavens there shone a holy light. Refrain  


The shepherds feared and trembled when lo! above the earth

rang out the angel chorus that hailed our Savior’s birth. Refrain  


Down in a lowly manger the humble Christ was born, 

and God sent us salvation that blessed Christmas morn. Refrain  

silent night

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, 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.  

3:00 hymns during the christmas message

O Little Town of Bethlehem


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. 




Away in a Manger


Away in a manger, no crib for his 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. 




Hark! The Herald Angels Sing


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 the angelic host proclaim, “Christ is born in Bethlehem!”

Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”




We Three Kings


We three kings of Orient are; 

bearing gifts we traverse afar, 

field and fountain, moor and mountain,

following yonder star. 


Refrain: 

O star of wonder, star of light, 

star with royal beauty bright, 

westward leading, still proceeding, 

guide us to thy perfect light. 

3:00 closing hymn: joy to the world

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.  


Joy to the world! the Savior reigns: let earth her songs employ;

let fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains repeat the sounding joy,

repeat the sounding joy, repeat, repeat the sounding joy.  


Christ 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, wonders of his love.