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CHRISTMAS GIFTS – written by Tanis Harms

TOPIC:        Christ’s birth
SCRIPTURE:    James 1:17
Style:        musical & recital program
Cast:         17 people, plus choir
Set & Props:  Christmas tree, 17 wrapped gifts

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.                                    (plus sheet music)
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NOTES:        ON FLEXIBILITY OPTIONS:
.             - each part can step out from the choir
.               and say their lines,
.             or you can have them enter from off stage
.               and slowly add them to the choir
.             – if you want more people to have lines,
.               you can split each part
.             – have people walking to their places
.               as the songs are still being sung
.               so that there isn’t any “down-time”,
.             or have them walk in at the beginning
.               of each song and wait there while
.               holding out the present as if the song
.               is part of the gift, each song relates
.               to the next “gift” and Bible verse
.             – you can choose which songs/gifts to use
.             – songs can be done in a variety of ways:
.               songs or song portions can be solos
.             or smaller group numbers, they don’t
.               all have to be done just by the choir
.             – you can find different songs
.             or updated versions of suggested songs

SCRIPT:

SONG 1: “OUR DAY OF JOY IS HERE AGAIN”
.      – lyrics & music: Andrew L. Skoog
.        (sing verse 2)
.        “When darkness lay upon this earth,
.        A glorious light did shine;
.        God sent a Gift of priceless worth,
.        And showed His love divine.  
.        Glory to our God, we sing,
.        Glory to our Lord and King;
.        Peace, goodwill with all abide
.        This holy Christmas tide.”
.                                                       2
(During the song, PERSON 1 enters carrying a gift
and waits until the last line has been sung.)

P1       Christmas is all about gifts...
.        the gifts that God
.        desires to give each one of us...
.        the blessings from heaven.
.        James 1:17  “Every good and perfect gift
.        is from above, coming down
.        from the Father of the heavenly lights...”
.        (puts gift under tree and joins choir)

SONG 2: “JOY TO THE WORLD!”
.      – lyrics: Isaac Watts,
.        music: George Frederick Handel
.        (sing verse 4)
.        “He 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”

P2       (enters carry gift)
.        God is love,
.        and God’s greatest gift to us is love.
.        1 John 4:16  “We have come to know
.        and have believed the love which God has for us.
.        God is love...”
.        (puts gift under tree and joins choir)

SONG 3: “O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL”
.      – lyrics & music: John Francis Wade
.        (sing verse 3)
.        “Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, Born this happy morning,
.        Jesus, to Thee by all glory given;
.        Word of the Father, now flesh appearing!
.        O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him,
.        O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.”

P3       (enters carrying gift)
.        God gave us the gift of His Word,
.        His words are contained in the Bible.
.        Psalm 12:6  “The words
.        of the LORD are pure words”
.        John 6:63  "the words that I have spoken to you
.        are spirit - and are life.”
.        (puts gift under tree and joins choir)

SONG 4: “THOU DIDST LEAVE THY THRONE”                  4
.      – lyrics: Emily E.S.Elliott,
.        music: Timothy R.Matthews
.        (sing verse 4)
.        “Thou camest, O Lord, with the living word
.        That should set Thy people free;
.        But with mocking scorn
.        and with crown of thorn
.        They bore Thee to Calvary.
.        O come to my heart, Lord Jesus
.        There is room in my heart for Thee!”

P4       (enters carrying gift)
.        God gave us the gift of His only Son.
.        John 3:16  "For God so loved the world,
.        that He gave His only begotten Son...
.        that whoever believes in Him shall not perish,
.        but have eternal life.”
.        (puts gift under tree and joins choir)

SONG 5: “THE FIRST NOEL”
.      – traditional English carol,
.        music: W. Sandys’ Christmas Carols
.        arranged by John Stainer, 1833
.        (sing verse 7)
.        “Then let us all with one accord
.        Sing praises to our heav’nly Lord,
.        That hath made heave’n and earth of naught,
.        And with His blood mankind hath bought.
.        Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
.        Born is the King of Israel.”

P5       (enters carrying gift)
.        Jesus coming to die for our sins,
.        was God’s most precious gift to us.
.        Corinthians 9:15  “Thanks be to God
.        for His indescribable gift!”
.        (puts gift under tree and joins choir)

SONG 6: “SILENT NIGHT! HOLY NIGHT!”
.      – lyrics: Joseph Mohr,
.        music: Franz Gruber
.        (sing verse 3)
.        “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”

P6       (enters carrying gift)                         4
.        Through Jesus, we can receive God’s gift
.        of redeeming grace.
.        Romans 5:15  “how much more
.        did God's grace
.        and the gift that came
.        by the grace of the one Man,
.        Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!”
.        Ephesians 2:8  “For it is by grace
.        you have been saved, through faith —
.        and this not from yourselves,
.        it is the gift of God.”
.        (puts gift under tree and joins choir)

SONG 7: “COME, THOU LONG-EXPECTED JESUS”
.      – lyrics: Charles Wesley
.        music: Rowland H.Prichard
.        (sing verse 1)
.        “Come, Thou long-expected Jesus,
.        Born to set Thy people free
.        From our fears and sins
.        release us;
.        Let us find our rest in Thee.
.        Israel’s strength
.        and consolation,
.        Hope of all the earth
.        Thou art;
.        Dear Desire of every nation,
.        Joy of every longing heart.”

P7       (enters carrying gift)
.        God offers us this gift:
.        the forgiveness of sins.
.        Acts 10:43  “Of Him
.        all the prophets bear witness
.        that through His name
.        everyone who believes in Him
.        receives forgiveness of sins."
.        (puts gift under tree and joins choir)

SONG 8: “THE ADVENT OF OUR GOD”
.      – lyrics by Charles Coffin,
.        translated by John Chandlier
.        music by Aaron Williams
.        (sing verse 2)  
.        “All glory to the Son,
.        Who comes to set us free;
.        With Father, Spirit, ever One
.        Through all eternity”

P8       (enters with gift)                            5
.        The gift of being saved,
.        means the gift of freedom.
.        Romans 8:2  “For the law of the Spirit of life
.        in Christ Jesus has set you free
.        from the law of sin and of death.”
.        Galatians 5:1, “It was for freedom
.        that Christ set us free.”
.        (puts gift under tree and joins choir)

SONG 9: “GOOD CHRISTIAN MEN, REJOICE”
.      – lyrics from Latin carol,
.        translated by John M.Neale
.        German melody, music harmonized by John Stainer
.        (sing verse 3)
.        “Good Christian men, rejoice
.        With heart and soul and voice;
.        Now ye need not fear the grave;
.        Peace! Peace!
.        Jesus Christ was born to save!
.        Calls you one and calls you all
.        To gain His everlasting hall:
.        Christ was born to save!
.        Christ was born to save!”

P9       (enters with gift)
.        The gift of being saved,
.        means the gift of being nurtured
.        and encouraged by the heavenly Father.
.        Romans 8:15  “For you have not received
.        a spirit of slavery leading to fear again,
.        but you have received a spirit of adoption
.      as sons by which we cry out,
.        "Abba! Father!"
.        (puts gift under tree and joins choir)

SONG 10: “AWAY IN A MANGER”
.      – lyrics by John Thomas McFarland
.        music by James R. Murray
.        or William J. Kirkpatrick
.        (sing verse 3)
.        “Be near me, Lord Jesus,
.        I ask Thee to say
.        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.”

P10      (enters with gift)                           6
.        The gift of being saved,
.        means the gift of protection
.        and eternal life in heaven.
.        1 John 5:18  “He who was born of God
.        keeps him,
.        and the evil one does not touch him.
.        Romans 11:29  “for God's gifts
.        and His call are irrevocable.”
.        Romans 6:23  “For the wages of sin is death,
.        but the gift of God is eternal life
.        in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
.        (puts gift under tree and joins choir)
.
SONG 11: “IT CAME UPON THE MIDNIGHT CLEAR”
.      – lyrics: Edmund H. Sears,
.        music: Richard S. Willis
.        (sing verse 1)
.        “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 men,
.        From heaven’s all-gracious King!”
.        The world in solemn stillness lay
.        To hear the angels sings.”

P11      (enters with gift)
.        The gift of being saved,
.        means the gift of peace in your hearts.
.        John 14:27  “Peace I leave with you;
.        My peace I give to you;
.        not as the world gives do I give to you.
.        Do not let your heart be troubled,
.        nor let it be fearful.”
.       (puts gift under tree and joins choir)

SONG 12: “HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING”
.      – lyrics: Charles Wesley, music: Felix Mendelssohn,
.        arranged by William H. Cummings (sing verse 3)
.        “Hail the heaven born Prince of Peace!
.        Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
.        Light and life to all He brings,
.        Risen with healing in His wings
.        Mild He lays His glory by,
.        Born that man no more may die,
.        Born to raise the sons of earth,
.        Born to give them second birth,
.        Hark! The herald angels sing,
.        ‘Glory to the newborn King.’”
.                                                       7
P12      (enters with gift)
.        The gift of being saved,
.        means the gift of healing the soul.
.        1 Peter 2:24  “and He Himself
.        bore our sins in His body on the cross,
.        so that we might die to sin
.        and live to righteousness;
.        for by His wounds you were healed.
.        (puts gift under tree and joins choir)

SONG 13: “HOW GREAT OUR JOY!”
.      – traditional German carol (sing verse 4)
.        “This gift of God we’ll cherish well,
.        That ever joy our hearts shall fill,
.        How great our joy!  Great our joy!
.        Joy, joy, joy,  joy, joy, joy!
.        Praise we the Lord in heaven on high!
.        Praise we the Lord in heaven on high!”

P13      (enters with gift)
.        The gift of being saved,
.        means the gift of joy-filled living.
.        Romans 5:17 “...how much more will those
.        who receive God's abundant provision of grace
.        and of the gift of righteousness reign in life
.        through the one man, Jesus Christ.”
.        John 15:11  “I have told you this
.        so that My joy may be in you
.        and that your joy may be complete.”
.        (puts gift under tree and joins choir)

SONG 14: “AS WITH GLADNESS MEN OF OLD”
.      – lyrics: William C.Dix, music: Conrad Kocher
.        (sing verse 3) “As they offered gifts most rare
.        At that manger rude and bare,
.        So may we with holy joy,
.        Pure and free from sin’s alloy,
.        All our costliest treasures bring,
.        Christ, to Thee our heavenly King.”

P14      (enters and holds out empty arms)
.        What can I give our most gracious Lord?
.        I come with empty hands.  All that I have,
.        is what God provides me.  All that I can give,
.        is my heart – my willingness to obey.
.        Corinthians 8:12  “For if the willingness
.        is there, the gift is acceptable
.        according to what one has,
.        not according to what he does not have.”
.                                                        8
SONG 15: “O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM”
.      – lyrics: Phillips Brooks, music: Lewis H. Redner
.        (sing verse 3)
.        “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.”

P15      (enters and holds out empty arms)
.        What can I give our most gracious Lord?
.        I come with empty hands.  
.        All that I have,
.        is what God provides me.  
.        All that I can give,
.        are my talents – through serving.
.        1 Corinthians 7:7 “...each man
.        has his own gift from God;  
.        one has this gift, another has that.”
.        Peter 4:10  “Each one
.        should use whatever gift
.        he has received to serve others,
.        faithfully administering God's grace
.        in its various forms.”

SONG 16: “ANGELS, FROM THE REALMS OF GLORY”
.      – lyrics by James Montgomery,
.        music by Henry T. Smart
.        (sing verse 1)
.        “Angels, from the realms of glory,
.        Wing your flight o’er all the earth;
.        Ye who sang creation’s story,
.        Now proclaim Messiah’s birth;
.        Come and worship, come and worship,
.        Worship Christ, the newborn King.”

P16      (enters and holds out empty arms)
.        What can I give our most gracious Lord?
.        I come with empty hands.  All that I have,
.        is what God provides me.  All that I can give,
.        is my thankful praises.
.        Hebrews 13:15  “Through Him then,
.        let us continually offer up a sacrifice
.        of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips
.        that give thanks to His name.”

SONG 17: “O THOU JOYFUL, O THOU WONDERFUL”              9
.      – lyrics: Johannes D. Falk
.        music from Tattersall’s Psalmody, 1794
.        (verse 1)  ”O Thou joyful, O Thou wonderful
.        Grace revealing Christmastide!
.        Jesus came to win us, From all sin within us:
.        Glorify the holy Child!
.        (verse 2)  “O Thou joyful, O Thou wonderful
.        Love revealing Christmastide!
.        Loud hosannas singing, And all praises bringing:
.        May Thy love with us abide!
.        (verse 3)  “O Thou joyful, O Thou wonderful
.        Peace revealing Christmastide!
.        Darkness disappeareth,
.        God’s own light now neareth:
.        Peace and joy to all betide!”

P17      (walks out and holds gift out to congregation)
.        God offers all these gifts - to all people.
.        Acts 2:38  “...Repent and be baptized,
.        every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ
.        for the forgiveness of your sins.  And you
.        will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
.        (optional if you do not have message)
.        May your Christmas this year
.        be rich with God’s gifts and blessings.
.        And may we remember to share everything
.        that our Lord God has given to us.

INSERT:  short message from Pastor, then the
.        lighting of the candles and passing of the light
.        usually done while singing “Silent Night”