In The Town Of David

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1.
Zion 03:46
Zion Awake, awake, O zion Tonight, tonight, your saviour is born This dark night in Bethlehem the skies are full of angels singing hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah the shepherd boys were terrified the glory of the lord cut through the night wise men came by starlight and whispered to the newborn child a hallelujah Sing, O sing, with heavenly host the wonder of our saviour’s birth Peace be to all humankind on this the holiest of nights hallelujah hallelujah
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Hear Now, You House of David Hear now you house of David A promise from your God I am sending one to dwell among you Emannuel, The Lord He who spoke all of creation Is from a virgin born He whom angels worship in glory A child in bethelehem La la la…. Praise and thanks to the Father And to the Holy Ghost And to him who came among us To teach us how to love La la la …
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Mary's Song 02:59
Mary’s Song How can it be that I am blessed to bear a gift so tender My soul rejoices in the Lord the one true God my Saviour They will surely call me blessed from now all generations For he has remembered me For he has been mindful O, rejoice! You people Israel Your light has come Hallelujah He has brought down the mighty ones and lifted up the humble He has helped the weak to stand and scattered all the prideful And He has filled the hungry and sent the rich away To those who fear him he has shown A never-ending mercy
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What Child is this who, laid to rest 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? This, this is Christ the King, Whom shepherds guard and angels sing; Haste, haste, to bring Him laud, The Babe, the Son of Mary. Why lies He in such mean estate, Where ox and ass are feeding? Good Christians, fear, for sinners here The silent Word is pleading. Nails, spear shall pierce Him through, The cross be borne for me, for you. Hail, hail the Word made flesh, The Babe, the Son of Mary. So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh, Come peasant, king to own Him; The King of kings salvation brings, Let loving hearts enthrone Him. Raise, raise a song on high, The virgin sings her lullaby. Joy, joy for Christ is born, The Babe, the Son of Mary.
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A Cradle Hymn HUSH! my dear, lie still and slumber, Holy angels guard thy bed! Heavenly blessings without number Gently falling on thy head. Sleep, my babe; thy food and raiment, House and home, thy friends provide; All without thy care or payment: All thy wants are well supplied. How much better thou art attended Than the Son of God could be, When from heaven He descended And became a child like thee! Soft and easy is thy cradle: Coarse and hard thy Saviour lay, When His birthplace was a stable And His softest bed was hay. Was there nothing but a manger Cursèd sinners could afford To receive the heavenly stranger? Did they thus affront their Lord? Soft, my child: I did not chide thee, Though my song might sound too hard; 'Tis thy mother sits beside thee, And her arms shall be thy guard. Lo, He slumbers in His manger, Where the hornèd oxen fed: Peace, my darling; here 's no danger, Here 's no oxen near thy bed. 'Twas to save thee, child, from dying, Save my dear from burning flame, Bitter groans and endless crying, That thy blest Redeemer came. May you live to know and fear Him, Trust and love Him all thy days; Then go dwell for ever near Him, See His face, and sing His praise!
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Shepherd Song Luke 2:15 Capo2 We pressed our faces to the grass Eyes to earth, but found no shade. Such blinding light was not the sun Seized with fear but not to run A fear that made our fears afraid. “Do not, do not be afraid Today is born the Lord your Savior Don’t look in a prince’s nursery But in the barn where cattle feed Peace on whom HE favors.” We left our flocks to tend themselves And ran all night how far, how fast! He called us past hotels and bars Shepherds, wise men, even stars Back to…himself… again… at last. Is this the long expected one, The one in whom we must believe? Can this be Israel’s future King, The one that made the angels sing? Will he ever be received?
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Come to us, Immanuel Come to us, Immanuel We wait for thee with bated breath And hope filled hearts And anxious minds Longing to see your face And worship at your feet Isaiah’s vision didst unfold When you descended into this world to bring good news and set the prisoners free you set aside eternity so that we might live so come to us Imannuel we live in hope of your return to bring new life to this old world to end all wars and to heal all hearts and to reign forevermore to reign forevermore
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Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming from tender stem hath sprung! Of Jesse’s lineage coming, as men of old have sung. It came, a floweret bright, amid the cold of winter, When half spent was the night. Isaiah ’twas foretold it, the Rose I have in mind; With Mary we behold it, the virgin mother kind. To show God’s love aright, she bore to men a Savior, When half spent was the night. O Savior, Child of Mary, Who felt our human woe, O Savior, King of glory, Who dost our weakness know; Bring us at length we pray, to the bright courts of Heaven, And to the endless day!
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Infant holy, Infant lowly, for His bed a cattle stall; Oxen lowing, little knowing, Christ the Babe is Lord of all. Swift are winging angels singing, noels ringing, tidings bringing: Christ the Babe is Lord of all. Flocks were sleeping, shepherds keeping vigil till the morning new Saw the glory, heard the story, tidings of a Gospel true. Thus rejoicing, free from sorrow, praises voicing, greet the morrow: Christ the Babe was born for you.
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Thou who wast rich beyond all splendour Thou who wast rich beyond all splendour, All for love's sake becamest poor; Thrones for a manger didst surrender, Sapphire-paved courts for stable floor. Thou who wast rich beyond all splendour, All for love's sake becomes poor. Thou who art God beyond all praising, All for love's sake becamest man; Stooping so low, but sinners raising Heavenwards by thine eternal plan. Thou who art God beyond all praising, All for love's sake becamest man. Thou who art love beyond all telling, Saviour and King, we worship thee. Emmanuel, within us dwelling, Make us what thou wouldst have us be. Thou who art love beyond all telling, Saviour and King, we worship thee.
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Simeon’s Song Luke 2:29-30 Now You can dismiss Your servant in peace. As you have promised, so you have done. This child will make a child of me Just before night my morning has come! Some will say that the Lord need not come, Holding their torches to light their own way. But I am old, hopes have faded away Save this one hope in my arms this day. My eyes have seen your salvation You are the Lord, Your lips do not lie Promised to Adam, promised to me My eyes have seen. Now I can die.
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Let all mortal flesh Keep Silence Let all mortal flesh keep silence, And with fear and trembling stand; Ponder nothing earthly minded, For with blessing in His hand, Christ our God to earth descendeth, Our full homage to demand. King of kings, yet born of Mary, As of old on earth He stood, Lord of lords, in human vesture, In the body and the blood; He will give to all the faithful His own self for heavenly food. Rank on rank the host of heaven Spreads its vanguard on the way, As the Light of light descendeth From the realms of endless day, That the powers of hell may vanish As the darkness clears away. At His feet the six wingèd seraph, Cherubim with sleepless eye, Veil their faces to the presence, As with ceaseless voice they cry: Alleluia, Alleluia Alleluia, Lord Most High!
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King of Kings What would you do if you heard a voice, That called you away that left no choice? Would you sell all you had to you follow a star? Would you trust it and leave your life behind? We followed a star it let do the west, We couldn't explain to our neighbors and friends We waited so long watching the sun, Now that we're here it all seems so clear King of kings and Lord of lords Immanuel, God with us Prince of peace, Almighty One Immanuel, God with us Now we can see that it was all true This child is born King of the Jews But he is more than even we knew the very angels of heaven worship him here And the angels said: “Do not be afraid I bring you great news that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born. He is Christ the Lord!”
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Silent Night 03:30
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.

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released December 1, 2006

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Ordinary Time

They met in a “History of Christian Worship” class in seminary, where they discovered a shared love for old songs in danger of being forgotten. The band’s oeuvre seamlessly weaves the hymns of generations past with their own new songs—often indistinguishably—producing a
sound that ranges from bluegrass-tinged Americana to sacred harp hymn arrangements.
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