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Three for Christmas

Most years I put up the Christmas hymns and songs I have written. They are available for use but please add them to your CCLI returns,


Mary in the stable (heaven's waiting room)


Mary in the stable waiting. hears again the angel’s voice: ‘favoured one the Lord is with you, all Creation sings: ‘Rejoice!’ Mary waits, and heaven wonders, at the Prince of Glory’s birth from her womb, inside that stable, heaven’s waiting room on earth. Shepherds waiting on the mountain, Wise Men searching for a sign, hear that outcasts can be welcomed at the baby Jesus’ side. So the earth’s unlikely pilgrims find themselves upon their knees and a teenage mother watches as they hail a refugee. Son of God and hope of heaven, with the waiting ones on earth, we expect a world of diff’rence when your justice comes to birth. So the world is waiting, hoping for the promised day to dawn; when our longings find fulfilment through the babe in Bethlehem born. 87.87.D (Suggested tune: The Carnival is over or Scarlet Ribbons or any traditional 87.87.D) Copyright © Gareth Hill Publishing/Song Solutions CopyCare, 14 Horsted Square, Uckfield, TN22 1QG www.songsolutions.org


We do not look for angel choirs


We do not look for angel choirs or visions in the sky, but simply pray that peace on earth comes nearer through the Christ child’s birth: God’s wisdom laid in straw, God’s wisdom laid in straw We do not look for frankincense or wise ones at our door, but simply ask our prayers be heard and that our restless hearts be stirred by Jesus’ newborn cry, by Jesus’ newborn cry. We will not rest until we know that God makes all things new; until our search for answered prayer transforms the lives of all who dare to put their trust in you, to put their trust in you. But still you send us songs of peace and wisdom whispers near. You call us to the way of Christ, that in our living hope will rise from Bethlehem to here, from Bethlehem to here.


86.88.66. (Suggested tune: Repton) Copyright © Gareth Hill Publishing/Song Solutions CopyCare 14 Horsted Square, Uckfield, TN22 1QG www.songsolutions.org


Census City


Come with me to census city

see the child who doesn’t count,

where the refugees are rolling in.

Come with me to find a corner

just a foothold on the earth

- but enough for Christmas to begin.

It’s dark. It’s cold.

She’s young but feels so old,

and every step is a reminder

that she’s out here on her own.

If she cries who cares?

She’s lonely and she’s scared,

but no one wants to know you

when you’re far away from home.

It’s late. Stars shine.

She’s aching all the time,

and every cry is a reminder

that she cradles hope tonight.

If he cries lift him up

‘til he drains the bitter cup:

an outcast in a manger

but his mother holds him tight.

Come with me to census city

see the child who doesn’t count,

where the refugees are rolling in.

Come with me to find a corner

just a foothold on the earth

- but enough for Christmas to begin.

He’s old but proud,

unbeaten and unbowed,

but every day is a reminder

of the burden he has borne.

He finds the place,

finds heaven’s birthing space:

as, carpenter and pilgrim,

he builds the Son of God a home.

Come with me to census city

see the child who doesn’t count,

where the refugees are rolling in.

Come with me to find a corner

just a foothold on the earth

- but enough for Christmas to begin.

There is no tune for this but some churches use it as a meditation.


Copyright 2015 © Gareth Hill Publishing/Song Solutions CopyCare, 14 Horsted Square, Uckfield, TN22 1QG www.songsolutions.org

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