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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Christmas Songs 2016 Day 10

Annie Lennox’s voice seems well suited to Christmas Songs.
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, from her Christmas Cornucopia album.


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Spirit-Filled Work (preparing for mgpc 11/12/16)

Songs of preparation: It Came Upon The Midnight Clear.
Call to worship:
Praise: I Praise You, Lord (Psalm 138).
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: Tell Out My Soul; The Apostles’ Creed; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Consecutive reading: Daniel 2: 25 – 46 – Daniel interprets King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of a succession of kingdoms, leading to the establishment of the kingdom of God. Daniel is rewarded with high honours and authority.
Bible Memorisation: Philippians 4: 5b – 7
Praise: Not To Us / Receive The Glory.
Reading: Ephesians 6: 5 – 9.
Sermon: Spirit-Filled Work – The servant life of followers of Jesus is not confined to families and churches but to all of our relationships.
Praise: Here, Now O Lord, I See You Face To Face.
The Lord’s Supper.
Pastoral prayer.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: As You Go.


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Mount Lyngham / While Shepherds Watched – Christmas Songs 2016 Day 9

From Kate Rusby’s 2016 Christmas album, The Frost Is All Over, Mount Lyngham is the lyrics of While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night sung to a folk tune that some of you will associate with the hymn O For A Thousand Tongues.
I’ve featured another of her renditions of these words set to another tune, Sweet Bells.
We use this version from time to time at Christmas services, but I love the clarity and purity of Kate’s vocals which make for a playfulness that suits the celebratory tone of the season.


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Exult In The Savior’s Birth – Christmas Songs 2016 Day 8

Exult In The Saviour’s Birth is another track from Matt Boswell’s Messenger Hymns: Advent EP.


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Shepherds – Christmas Songs 2016 Day 7

Some Bruce Cockburn.
Shepherds, from his eclectic album Christmas.