No trumpet fanfare

(when mercy came to earth)

No trumpet fanfare hailed the day.

No feasting marked your birth.

But all of heaven held its breath

when mercy came to earth.

No honour guard or census mark

could calculate your worth.

But angels filled the sky and sang

when mercy came to earth.


While Bethlehem played host to God

and shepherds knelt to pray,

the prophet’s ancient call rang out

as mercy came to stay.

King David’s town became the place

where our Creator lay:

and God became a child for us

as mercy came to stay.


The healer of our broken world

lay in a cattle stall,

and mother Mary watched him sleep:

this Jesus, born for all.

The answer for our restless hearts

is cradled in a shawl.

God’s ancient promise now revealed:

this Jesus, born for all.

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Tunes: Kingsfold (I heard the voice of Jesus say)

Noel (It came upon the midnight clear)

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