Carols at the Crossroads

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We’re very excited to have hosted our very first community carol singing in Waddington!

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Unfortunately, we are unlikely to be able to get together to sing carols again this Christmas, but we very much hope we’ll be able to plan something even bigger and better in 2021!  In the meantime, there are lots of Christmas carol lyrics further down the page – perhaps you could organise some ‘carol singing on the doorstep’ on your street?

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Back in December 2019 we worked with loads of village organisations to host a community carol singing evening, and we thought we’d leave the page here for folks to see what we got up to.  We’re planning to do it all again next year, when we can all get together again!

We’re working with all the churches in the village, plus lots of other groups, to bring a fun opportunity for everyone to come and sing some old favourites – whether you’re a professional singer or you think you’ve got the voice of a dehydrated toad!

We’ll be joined by All Saints School Choir, plus the Joyful Singers, and the music is going to be provided by the Foss Dyke Band.  The Fire Brigade hope to be with us, literally bringing light to the proceedings, and the Wheatsheaf have invited us back for mince pies (and perhaps a beverage, at your discretion!) afterwards.  They’ll be open to children too, so everyone is very welcome.

For the latest updates, visit our Facebook page, otherwise we’ll see you on the 10th!


Carols Sheet

A copy of the Carol Sheet can be downloaded here, or scrolled through below:

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Joyful Singers
Rocking Around the Christmas Tree

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O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL
Joyful and triumphant
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem
Come and behold him,
Born the King of angels

O come let us adore him
O come let us adore him
O come let us adore him
Christ the Lord

True God of true God
Light of Light eternal
Lo, he abhors not the virgin’s womb
Son of the Father
Begotten, not created

Sing, choirs of angels
Sing in exultation
Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above
‘Glory to God
In the highest’

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Reading
Luke 1:26-35,38

In the sixth month after Elizabeth had become pregnant, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee. He was sent to a virgin. The girl was engaged to a man named Joseph. He came from the family line of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel greeted her and said, “The Lord has blessed you in a special way. He is with you.”

Mary was very upset because of his words. She wondered what kind of greeting this could be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary. God is very pleased with you. You will become pregnant and give birth to a son. You must call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High God. The Lord God will make him a king like his father David of long ago. The Son of the Most High God will rule forever over his people. They are from the family line of Jacob. That kingdom will never end.”

“How can this happen?” Mary asked the angel. “I am a virgin.”

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come to you. The power of the Most High God will cover you. So the holy one that is born will be called the Son of God… “I serve the Lord,” Mary answered. “May it happen to me just as you said it would.” Then the angel left her.

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All Saints’ Choir
White Christmas and Jingle Bells

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O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight

O morning stars, together
Pro-claim the holy birth
And praises sing to God the King
And peace to men on earth
For Christ is born of Mary
And, gathered all above
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love

How silently, how silently
The wonderous 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

O holy Child of Bethlehem
Descend to us, we pray
Cast out our sin, and enter in
Be born in us today
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell
O come to us, abide with us
Our Lord Immanuel

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Reading
Luke 2:1,3-7

In those days, Caesar Augustus made a law. It required that a list be made of everyone in the whole Roman world… Everyone went to their own town to be listed.

So Joseph went also. He went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea. That is where Bethlehem, the town of David, was. Joseph went there because he belonged to the family line of David. He went there with Mary to be listed. Mary was engaged to him. She was expecting a baby. While Joseph and Mary were there, the time came for the child to be born. She gave birth to her first baby. It was a boy. She wrapped him in large strips of cloth. Then she placed him in a manger. That’s because there was no guest room where they could stay.

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AWAY IN A MANGER, no crib for a bed
The little Lord Jesus lay down His sweet head
The stars in the bright sky
Looked down where He lay
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay

The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes
But little Lord Jesus no crying He makes
I love thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
And stay by my side until morning is nigh

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask thee to stay
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

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GOD REST YE MERRY, GENTLEMEN,
Let nothing you dismay
Re-member Christ our Saviour
Was born on Christmas Day
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we had gone astray

O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

From God our heavenly Father
A blessed angel came
And unto certain shepherds
Brought tidings of the same
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by name

Now to the Lord sing praises
All you within this place
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace
This holy tide of Christmas
All anger should efface

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Reading
Luke 2:8-16

There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby. It was night, and they were taking care of their sheep. An angel of the Lord appeared to them. And the glory of the Lord shone around them. They were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news. It will bring great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you. He is the Messiah, the Lord. Here is how you will know I am telling you the truth. You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a large group of angels from heaven also appeared. They were praising God. They said,

“May glory be given to God in the highest heaven!
And may peace be given to those he is pleased with on earth!”

The angels left and went into heaven. Then the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem. Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and the baby. The baby was lying in the manger.

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WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHED THEIR FLOCKS BY NIGHT
All seated on the ground
The angel of the Lord came down
And glory shone around

“Fear not” said he, for mighty dread
Had seized their troubled minds
“Glad tidings of great joy I bring
To you and all mankind”

“To you in David’s town this day
Is born of David’s line
A Saviour, who is Christ the Lord
And this shall be the sign:

The heavenly babe you there shall find
To human view displayed
All meanly wrapped in swaddling bands
And in a manger laid”

Thus spake the Seraph, and forthwith
Appeared a shining throng
Of angels, praising God and thus
Addressed their joyful song

“All glory be to God on high
And to the earth be peace
Goodwill henceforth from heaven to men
Begin and never cease”

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WE THREE KINGS OF ORIENT ARE
Bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain
Following yonder star

O, star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to thy perfect light

Born a king on Bethlehem’s plain
Gifts we bring to crown him again
King forever, ceasing never
Over us all to reign

Glorious now, behold Him arise
King and God, and sacrifice
Heav’n sings Hallelujah,
Hallelujah the earth replies

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Reading
Matthew 2:1-12

Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea. This happened while Herod was king of Judea. After Jesus’ birth, Wise Men from the east came to Jerusalem. They asked, “Where is the child who has been born to be king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose. Now we have come to worship him.”

When King Herod heard about it, he was very upset. Everyone in Jerusalem was troubled too. So Herod called together all the chief priests of the people. He also called the teachers of the law. He asked them where the Messiah was going to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied. “This is what the prophet has written. He said,

“ ’But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are certainly not the least important among the towns of Judah.
A ruler will come out of you.
He will rule my people Israel like a shepherd.’ ” (Micah 5:2)

Then Herod secretly called for the Wise Men. He found out from them exactly when the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem. He said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report it to me. Then I can go and worship him too.”

After the Wise Men had listened to the king, they went on their way. The star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them. It finally stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy. The Wise Men went to the house. There they saw the child with his mother Mary. They bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures. They gave him gold, frankincense and myrrh. But God warned them in a dream not to go back to Herod. So they returned to their country on a different road.

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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

Stille nacht, heilige nacht
Alles schläft, einsam wacht
Nur das traute hoch- heilige Paar
Holder Knabe im lockigen Haar
Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh!
Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh!

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of re-deeming grace
Jesus, Lord at thy birth
Jesus, Lord at thy birth

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HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING
“Glory to the new-born King!
Peace on earth, and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim
“Christ is born in Bethlehem”

Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the new-born King!”

Christ, by highest heaven adored
Christ the everlasting Lord
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of a virgin’s womb
Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate deity
Pleased as man with men to dwell
Jesus, our Immanuel

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

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Reading
John 1:1-14

In the beginning, the Word was already there. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were made through him. Nothing that has been made was made without him. Life was in him, and that life was the light for all people. The light shines in the darkness. But the darkness has not overcome the light.

There was a man sent from God. His name was John. He came to be a witness about that light. He was a witness so that all people might believe. John himself was not the light. He came only as a witness to the light.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. The Word was in the world. And the world was made through him. But the world did not recognize him. He came to what was his own. But his own people did not accept him. Some people did accept him and did believe in his name. He gave them the right to become children of God. To be a child of God has nothing to do with human parents. Children of God are not born because of human choice or because a husband wants them to be born. They are born because of what God does.

The Word became a human being. He made his home with us. We have seen his glory. It is the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father. And the Word was full of grace and truth.

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DING DONG MERRILY ON HIGH
In heav’n the bells are ringing
Ding Dong verily the sky
Is riv’n with angels singing

Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis!

E’en so here below, below
Let steeple bells be swungen
And “io, io, io”
By priest and people sungen

Ding Dong merrily on high
The curse of sin is broken:
Ding Dong open up your eyes
The celebration’s starting!

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WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS
We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas
And a happy New Year

Glad tidings we bring
To you and your kin
We wish you a merry Christmas
And a happy New Year!

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Blessing and conclusion

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Thank you for coming. Do join us in heading over to The Wheatsheaf for a free mince pie and to grab a christmas drink.

All welcome to Freedom Church, Family Christmas service on Sunday 15th, 10:00AM, Waddington Village Hall. Please also check out all Christmas services across the churches in the village. May it be a very Happy Christmas 2019!