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CHRISTMAS GIFTS – written by Tanis Harms

TOPIC:        Christ’s birth
SCRIPTURE:    James 1:17
Style:        musical & recital program
.             NOTES ON FLEXIBILITY:
.             - you can have each part
.             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
.             you could even have them walk in right at
.             the beginning of each song and wait there
.             holding out the present as if the song
.             is part of the gift, since each song
.             relates to the upcoming gift & Bible verse
.             –you can choose not to sing every song
.             –each song or a portion can be sung as a solo
Cast:         17 people, plus choir
Set & Props:  Christmas tree, 17 wrapped gifts

SCRIPT:

SONG 1: “O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM”
.      – lyrics: Phillips Brooks, music: Lewis H. Redner
.      (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

P1     (enters carrying a gift)
.      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 the gift under the tree and joins the choir)
.                                                         2
SONG 2: “JOY TO THE WORLD!”
.      – lyrics by Isaac Watts
.        music by George Frederick Handel,
.        arranged by Lowell Mason & Tom Fettke
.      (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 a 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 the gift under the tree and joins the choir)

SONG 3: “O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL”
.      – lyrics & music by John Francis Wade
.        translated by Frederick Oakeley
.      (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 a 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 the gift under the tree and joins the choir)

SONG 4: “O COME, O COME EMMANUEL”
.      – lyrics from Latin Hymn, translated by John M.Neale
.        music adapted by Thomas Helmore, Tom Fettke
.      (verse 1)
.      O come, O come, Emmanuel,
.      And ransom captive Israel,
.      That mourns in lonely exile here,
.      Until the Son of God appear.
.      Rejoice, Rejoice!  Emmanuel
.      Shall come to thee, O Israel!

P4     (enters carrying a gift)                           3
.      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 the gift under the tree and joins the choir)


SONG 5: “I WONDER AS I WANDER”
.      – lyrics from Appalachian carol,
.        adapted & music by John Jacob Niles,
.        arranged by Donald P. Hustad
.      (verse 1)
.      I wonder as I wander out under the sky,
.      How Jesus the Savior did come for to die
.      For poor, ornery people like you and like I
.      I wonder as I wander, out under the sky

P5     (enters carrying a 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 the gift under the tree and joins the choir)


SONG 6: “SILENT NIGHT! HOLY NIGHT!”
.      – lyrics by Joseph Mohr, translated by John F.Young
.        music by Franz Gruber
.      (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 a gift)
.      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 the gift under the tree and joins the choir)

SONG 7: “A NATIVITY PRAYER”                               4
.      – lyrics by Phillips Brooks
.        music by William David Young
.      O holy Child of Bethlehem!
.      Descend to us, we pray;
.      Cast out our sin, and enter in;
.      Be born in us today.

P7     (enters carrying a 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 the gift under the tree and joins the choir)


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

P8     (enters with a gift)
.      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 the gift under the tree and joins the choir)


SONG 9: “GOOD CHRISTIAN MEN, REJOICE”
.      – lyrics from Latin carol, translated by John M.Neale
.        German melody, music harmonized by John Stainer
.      (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 a gift)                               5
.      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 the gift under the tree and joins the choir)

SONG 10:“AWAY IN A MANGER”
.      – lyrics by John Thomas McFarland
.        music by James R. Murray or William J. Kirkpatrick
.      (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 a gift)
.      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 the gift under the tree and joins the choir)

SONG 11:“IT CAME UPON THE MIDNIGHT CLEAR”
.      – lyrics: Edmund H. Sears, music: Richard S. Willis
.      (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 a 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 the gift under the tree and joins the choir)
.                                                         6
SONG 12:“HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING”
.      – lyrics by Charles Wesley
.        music by Felix Mendelssohn,
.        arranged by William H. Cummings
.      (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.”

P12     (enters with a 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 the gift under the tree and joins the choir)


SONG 13:“HOW GREAT OUR JOY!”
.      – lyrics from traditional German carol
.        music arranged by Hugo Jungst
.      (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 a 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 the gift under the tree and joins the choir)


SONG 14:“WHAT CAN I GIVE HIM?”                            7
.      – lyrics: Christina Rossetti, music: Don-Cason
.      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 can I give Him?  Give Him my heart.

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.”
.      (joins the choir)

SONG 15:“LITTLE DRUMMER BOY”
.      – by Katherine K.Davis, Henry Onorati, Harry Simeone
.      (verse 2)
.      Little Baby, pa rum pum pum pum
.      I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum
.      I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum
.      That's fit to give the King, pa rum pum pum pum,
.      rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,
.      Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum,
.      On my drum?

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.”
.      (joins the choir)

SONG 16:“ANGELS, FROM THE REALMS OF GLORY”
.      – lyrics: James Montgomery, music: Henry T. Smart
.      (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.
.                                                         8
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.”
.      (joins the choir)


SONG 17:“O THOU JOYFUL, O THOU WONDERFUL”
.      – lyrics by 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 holding a gift out to the 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 you find your Christmas this year
.      rich with God’s gifts and blessings.
.      And may we remember to share everything
.      that our Lord God has given to us.

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