Advent & Christmas Songs
Sine nomine (For all the saints)
Text in Sharing Jesus and Spirit in the Melody (to a new tune)
How calm the night, the shepherd’s had no fear,
The sky was clear, the fire gave warmth and cheer,
The stars were bright but one outshone them all.
Sing of a Saviour, holy lamb of heaven.
Then suddenly the night was filled with song
And on the hillside stood an angel throng.
Their melody of joy and praise to God
Sang of a Saviour, holy lamb of heaven.
Now leave your sheep and go into the town
Where you shall find a baby lying down,
His manger bed within a cattle stall,
This is your Saviour, holy lamb of heaven.
The prince of peace, child of a God-touched birth,
Born to make new, and give each life true worth,
A holy king wrapped in a strip of cloth,
Here is your Saviour, holy lamb of heaven.
Give God the praise for in this little child
All humankind is to be reconciled,
So here with shepherds, angels and the world
Praise, praise your Saviour, holy lamb of heaven.
Text from Promise and can be sung to Woodlands
(Tell out my soul)
Soon, very soon, our Saviour will be born,
shown through the words of prophets, priests and kings;
here is God’s promise to the world made flesh.
Soon comes the day that makes the angels sing.
Soon, very soon, the wilderness makes way,
a voice proclaims the coming of the Lord.
The desert blooms will burst into full flower
and God will show the glory of his word.
Soon, very soon, a baby will be born
and his young maiden mother will rejoice,
her song of joy and blessing shall ring out.
and choirs of angels to the world give voice.
Soon, very soon, a star will brightly shine,
and travellers from far away will see
and journey to a lowly stable yard
to find the reason for the mystery.
Soon, very soon, the church bells will be rung
as heaven descends to earth on Christmas day,
in Bethlehem there comes a baby’s cry
that echoes through the years and here today.
Soon, very soon, the hungry Spirit feeds,
the outcast comes to God because the child
will give his life for every one of us;
by cross shall man and God be reconciled.