Songs for the Incarnation

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Songs for the Incarnation is a collection of texts both old and new that meditate on various aspects of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. These songs explore the moments surrounding Christ's entry into the world. The guttural noise of his prophetic coming, the reverberant new song of creation, the noisy announcement of the Angel throngs, the anxious sputtering of humble shepherds, and the silent, exhausted stillness of brand new parents. We simply join our voices to the never ending strain, the 'in dulci jubilo' that will never cease, or quiet, or lose its perfect pitch and harmony. We hope you find in this new batch of songs a fresh wind for this particularly exhausted season. May you be renewed by His presence and His Spirit this advent, Christmas, and Epiphany season 2014-2015.

Again our huge thanks to these artists for stretching even their own conceptions of what constitutes the music of the "season." Most of these texts occupy the outer edges of Christmas's massive material universe. Here we find texts and songs literally wandering in from across time and space. From the Appalachian hills to the shores of Africa. From the Mission District in San Francisco (can you hear the Giants partying in the background?) to the Carolina lowlands. From the rockin' cover of The Bands "Christmas Must Be Tonight" to the victorian perfection of Christina Rossetti's "Love Came Down at Christmas." Traveling through time we hear again the 16th century tune Personent Hodie beside the year 2014 in Wendell Kimbroughs original Magnificat. Daniel Justisce Snoke introduces us to an introit from a catholic Christmas Day mass in Puer Natus Est and Luke Brodine reminds us that the Psalms are always relevant to our celebration of the story of Christ in the church year!

Also a gentle reminder that many of the NT canticles can be found on our canticles compilation, with a few on repeat here!
cardiphonia.bandcamp.com/album/canticles


May you be replete with the beauty this season indwells in song.
- Bruce Benedict, November 2014

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released November 7, 2014

Produced by Cardiphonia & The Liturgy Fellowship
www.cardiphonia.org
www.facebook.com/groups/liturgyfellowship/
Co-produced by Hope College Campus Ministries
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Cover Art:
"Annunciation to the Shepherds," 1656
by Nicolaes Pietersz, 1656
"Holy Night (Nativity)," 1511
by Albrecht Altdorfer

Design by Erik Newby | www.eriknewby.com
Mastering by Blackbeltmastering.com

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Track Name: JG Hymns - In the Night a Heavenly Song Came Down
In the night a heavenly song came down
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
The Son of God of Heaven and earth has become man
O yes!
God's son has been born into the world!

ref.
Sing out aloud, Hallelujah!
All voices sing Hallelujah!
Sing out aloud, Hallelujah!
All voices sing Hallelujah!

Young men who were watching their flocks in the desert
Suddenly heard angel voices
(Hey! What are you gonna do? Don't run away! For...)
God's son has been born into the world!

Have no fear! (The angel was saying)
I have some good news for you (Don't be afraid)
And it's for everyone!
God's son has been born into the world!
Track Name: Holy City Hymns (feat. Patrick Schlabs) - Love Came Down at Christmas
Love came down at Christmas
Love incarnate, love divine
Love was born at Christmas
Star and angels gave the sign

Refrain:
Emmanuel
Our God with us
Emmanuel
Our hope, our trust

Love shall be our token
Love be yours and love be mine
Love to God and neighbor
Love for plea and gift and sign

Refrain

Worship we the Godhead
Worship we the Godhead
Worship we the Godhead
Love divine

Refrain

Love came down at Christmas
Track Name: Daniel Justice Snoke - Puer Natus Est - A Child is Born to Us
A child is born unto us a son has been given,
A child is born unto us a son has been given.

Upon whose shoulder power rests;
of his peace will be no end.
Upon whose shoulder power rests;
of his peace will be no end.

He shall be called Almighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
He shall be called Almighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

My soul will magnify the Lord,
Who has done mighty things for me.
My soul will magnify the Lord,
Who has done mighty things for me.
Track Name: Covenant Presbyterian Chicago - On This Day Earth Shall Ring
On this day earth shall ring
with the song children sing;
To the Lord, Christ our King
born on earth to save us;
Him the Father gave us
Glory to the Father, glory to the Son,
Glory to the Holy Ghost, to the three in one.

His the doom, ours the mirth,
when he came down to earth;
Bethlehem saw his birth;
ox and ass beside him,
from the cold would hide him.
Glory to the Father, glory to the Son,
Glory to the Holy Ghost, to the three in one.

God's bright star, o'er his head,
wise men three to him led;
kneel they low by his bed,
lay their gifts before him,
praise him and adore him.
Glory to the Father, glory to the Son,
Glory to the Holy Ghost, to the three in one.

On this day angels sing;
with their song earth shall ring,
praising Christ, heaven's King,
born on earth to save us,
peace and love he gave us.
Glory to the Father, glory to the Son,
Glory to the Holy Ghost, to the three in one.
Track Name: The Gentle Wolves (feat. Richard Kentopp) - Canticle of the Turning
1.My soul cries out with a joyful shout
that the God of my heart is great,
And my spirit sings of the wondrous things
that you bring to the ones who wait.

You fixed your sight on your servant's plight,
and my weakness you did not spurn,
So from east to west shall my name be blest.
Could the world be about to turn?


2. Though I am small, my God, my all,
you work great things in me,
And your mercy will last from the depths of the past
to the end of the age to be.

Your very name puts the proud to shame,
and to those who would for you yearn,
You will show your might, put the strong to flight,
for the world is about to turn.

3. From the halls of power to the fortress tower,
not a stone will be left on stone.
Let the king beware for your justice tears
ev'ry tyrant from his throne.

The hungry poor shall weep no more,
for the food they can never earn;
There are tables spread, ev'ry mouth be fed,
for the world is about to turn.

4. Though the nations rage from age to age,
we remember who holds us fast:
God's mercy must deliver us
from the conqueror's crushing grasp.

This saving word that our forebears heard
is the promise which holds us bound,
'Til the spear and rod can be crushed by God,
who is turning the world around.
Track Name: Brian Moss - Sing Out My Soul
Who am I to receive this gift?
A child of heaven and earth
How can I give him my kiss?
I have been blessed and I give praise
To him whose song is age to age

Sing out my soul, sing out my soul
I will rejoice in you, my God, the Mighty One
Sing out my soul, sing out my soul
All glory be to you, Immanuel, the Son of Man

Kings will bow to the least of these
The humble lift - ed up
The poor are filled with good things
Mercy extends to those who fear
The Lord, our God, drawing us near

Sing out my soul, sing out my soul
I will rejoice in you, my God, the Mighty One
Sing out my soul, sing out my soul
All glory be to you, Immanuel, the Son of God

Holy is his name. Holy, holy, holy is his name.
Holy is his name. Holy, holy, holy is his name.
Holy is his name.

Sing out my soul, sing out my soul
I will rejoice in you, my God, the Mighty One
Sing out my soul, sing out my soul
All glory be to you, Immanuel, the Son
All glory be to you, Immanuel, the Son of God with us
Track Name: Music From The Gathering Church - Christmas Must Be Tonight
Come down to the manger, see the little stranger
Wrapped in swaddling clothes, the prince of peace
Wheels start turning, torches start burning
And the old wise men journey from the East

CHORUS:
How a little baby boy bring the people so much joy
Son of a carpenter, Mary carried the light
This must be Christmas, must be tonight

A shepherd on a hillside, where over my flock I bide
Oh a cold winter night a band of angels sing
In a dream I heard a voice saying "fear not, come rejoice
It's the end of the beginning, praise the new born king"

I saw it with my own eyes, written up in the skies
But why a simple herdsmen such as I
And then it came to pass, he was born at last
Right below the star that shines on high
Track Name: Karl Digerness - Come See a Child of Low Estate
1. Come, see a child of low estate,
in manger bed reclining;
Yet on His humble dwelling place
bright stars in heav'n are shining

2. This little babe is Christ the Lord,
whom saints have long expected,
for man He comes to live and die,
despised, betrayed, rejected

3. For man He comes to render the veil
which hides death's gloomy portal,
and make a home where where man with Him
in peace may dwell, immortal

4. He comes to triumph o'er the grave,
and rise on Easter morning,
and reign in heav'n at God's right hand,
until the last Day's dawning

5. So may we all His grace partake:
from Jesus, meek and lowly,
may we his faithful servants be
kept by his Spirit holy!
Track Name: Craig Harris - Hark What Music Fills the Sky
1. Hark, what music fills the sky!
"Glory be to God on high,"
Angels sing and hosts reply:
Hallelujah!

2. The the sons of men is given
God's dear Son, best gift of heaven,
Pledge of grace and sin forgiven.
Hallelujah!

3. Would you see the wondrous sign?
In a manger, Child Divine,
Lies the Heir of David's line.
Hallelujah!

4. Thee we own as Lord and King,
And as tribute meet we bring
Songs which angels cannot sing
Hallelujah!

5. Him we praise, Himself Who gave
To the manger and the grave
All to ransom and to save,
Hallelujah!
Track Name: Jason Morrell - Lift Up Your Heads
Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates,
Behold the King of glory waits;
The King of kings is drawing near,
The Saviour of the world is here;
Life and salvation doth He bring,
Wherefore rejoice and gladly sing:
We praise Thee, Father, now!
Creator, wise art Thou!

The Lord is just, a Helper tried,
Mercy is ever at His ride,
His kingly crown is holiness,
His sceptre, pity in distress,
The end of all our woe He brings;
Wherefore the earth is glad and sings:
We praise Thee, Saviour, now,
Mighty in deed art Thou!

Redeemer, come! I open wide
My heart to Thee,--here, Lord, abide!
Let me Thy inner presence feel,
Thy grace and love in me reveal,
Thy Holy Spirit guide us on
Until our glorious goal is won!
Eternal praise and fame
We offer to Thy name.
Track Name: Luke Brodine - Psalm 72
Blessed be the Lord, our God, the God of Israel,
who alone does wondrous deeds,
who alone does wondrous deeds.

Blessed be his glorious Name, His glorious Name forever,
and may all be filled with his glory, alleluia!
Amen, amen, amen!
Track Name: Trinity Anglican Mission - Emmanuel (God Has Come to Us)
1. Come shepherds, come wise-men
Both rich and poor alike
Come Hebrews, come Gentiles
Come every race and tribe

For Christ is born the Savior's come to us (2x)

2. Come children, come elders
Come women and come men
Come families, come orphans
Come strangers and close friends

For Christ is born the Savior's come to us (2x)

3. Come wretched, come holy
Both strong and weak in faith
Come healed and come broken
Come sinners and come saints

For Christ is born the Savior's come to us (2x)

Emmanuel, God has come to us (4x)
Track Name: Hope College Worship - I Wonder as I Wander
1,4. I wonder as I wander out under the sky,
How Jesus the Savior did come forth to die.
For poor on'ry people like you and like I.
I wonder as I wander out under the sky.

2. When Mary birthed Jesus 'twas in a cow's stall,
with wise men and farmers and shepherds and all.
But high from God's heaven a star's light did fall,
And the promised of ages, it then did recall.

3. If Jesus had wanted from any wee thing,
A star in the sky, or a bird on the wing,
Or all of God's angels in heav'n for the sing,
He surely could have it, 'cause he was the king.
Track Name: Wen Reagan - All Praise to Thee, Eternal Lord
verse 1
All praise to Thee, Eternal Lord,
Who wore the garb of flesh and blood;
And chose a manger for Thy throne,
While worlds on worlds were Thine alone.

verse 2
Once did the skies before Thee bow;
A virgin's arms contain Thee now;
While angels who in Thee rejoice
Now listen for Thine infant voice.

chorus
All this for us Thy love hath done;
By this to Thee our love is won;
For this our joyful songs we raise,
For this we sing Thee ceaseless praise.

verse 3
A little Child, Thou art our Guest,
That weary ones in Thee may rest:
Forlorn and lonely is Thy birth,
That we may rise to heaven from earth.

[Chorus]

verse 4
Thou comest in the darksome night
To make us children of the light,
To make us, in the realms divine,
Like Thine own angels, round Thee shine.

[Chorus]

End Tag:
For this our joyful songs we raise,
For this we sing Thee ceaseless praise.
Track Name: Zac Hicks - Come See a Child of Low Estate
1. Come, see a child of low estate,
in manger bed reclining;
Yet on His humble dwelling place
bright stars in heav'n are shiny

2. This little babe is Christ the Lord,
whom saints have long expected,
for man He comes to live and die,
despised, betrayed, rejected

3. For man He comes to render the veil
which hides death's gloomy portal,
and make a home where where man with Him
in peace may dwell, immortal

4. He comes to triumph o'er the grave,
and rise on Easter morning,
and reign in heav'n at God's right hand,
until the last Day's dawning

5. So may we all His grace partake:
His living and His dying.
For He has come, our debt to take,
with Righteousness supplying

chorus
For you who fear my name,
the Sun of Righteousness
will rise with healing in His wings
And we will feel no shame,
for our unrighteousness
will find a holy covering

Though all our sin be known,
O all His grace is shown,
for all His saving work is done
His name is "God with us,"
He is victorious,
Our Redeemer, Christ, has come!
Track Name: Jered McKenna - Hark a Burst of Heav'nly Music
1. Hark! a brust of heav'nly music,
from a band of Seriphs bright.
Suddenly to earth descended
in the calm and silent night
to the shepherds who watch
in the early morn, So they sing,
"Jesus Christ prince of peaceis born
hallelujah, hallelujah, glory be to God on high!

2. Slumbering in a lowly manger
lies the mighty Lord of all
and before the holy Stranger
see the trembling shepherds fall
he has come full of wisdom
and love and grace to redeem to restore
all our fallen race
hallelujah, hallelujah, glory be to God on high!

3. Hark! the joyful Christmas morning
breaking o'er the world below
tells again the wondrous story
shepherds heard so long ago
who can still, who can end
all the praise we bring
that the angels have taught us in Bethlehem
hallelujah, hallelujah, glory be to God on high!
Track Name: Jeff Bourque - You Gave Your Word
For 25 years, she had not borne a son.
Abraham feared that the promise was gone.
But despite her grief and his disbelief,
You gave Your Word, and everything changed.

For 400 years, we had not heard from You
When the angel appeared not a moment too soon.
To a humble girl in a broken world,
You gave Your Word, and everything changed.

At the chosen time, in Your perfect way,
In the dead of night, on a bed of hay,
You gave Your Word, and everything changed.
You gave Your Word, and everything changed.
Track Name: Wendell Kimbrough - Mary's Song (Our King of Peace)
Mary’s Song (Our King of Peace)

My soul magnifies the Lord;
My spirit rejoices in God!
My Savior has seen his servant in need,
And behold the great things He has done:

He scatters the proud and rich;
He lifts up the humble and weak.
The kings of the earth, He casts from their thrones
And the hungry He welcomes to feast.

Oh, behold, my Savior has come!
And my soul will tell of His praise
For He Who is strong has come to the weak
And, at last, He will reign as our King of Peace

From now to the end of time
The nations will know me as blest
For God has made new His promise of love
And mercy through Abraham’s seed
Track Name: Gregory Wilbur - We Sing to Thee Immanuel
1. We sing to Thee, Immanuel,
the Prince of life, salvation's well
The Plant of Heav'n, the Star of morn,
the Lord of hosts, the virgin-born.
All glory, worship, thanks and praise,
That Thou art come in these our days!
Thou Heavenly Guest expected long,
We hail Thee with a joyful song.

2. For Thee since first the world was made,
Men's hearts have waited, watched and prayed
Prophets and patriarchs, year by year,
Have longed to see Thy light appear.
O God! they prayed from Sion rise,
And hear thy captive people's cries;
At length, O Lord! salvation bring,
Then Jacob shall rejoice and sing.

3. Now Thou, by Whom the world was made,
Art in Thy manger cradle laid;
Maker of all things great and small,
Naked Thyself, though clothing all.
Thou Who both heav'n and earth dost sway,
In stranger's inn art fain to stay;
and though Thy pow'r makes angels blest,
Dost seek Thy food from human breast.

4. Encouraged thus, our love grows bold
on Thee to lay our steadfast hold;
the cross which Thou didst undergo
Has vanquished death and healed our woe.
Thou art our Head: then Lord, of thee,
True living members we will be;
And in the strength Thy grace shall give,
Will live as Thou wouldst have us live.

5. As each short year goes quickly round,
Our Hallelujahs shall resound;
And when we reckon years no more,
May we in Heav'n Thy name adore
Track Name: Coastland Commons - In the Bleak Midwinter
In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan
earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone
snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow
in the bleak midwinter, long ago

Heaven cannot hold him, nor earth sustain
heav’n and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ

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 I can I give him: give my heart
Give my heart, give my heart
Track Name: Michael Van Patter - Jesus Came, Jesus Comes
Jesus came, the heavens adoring,
Came with peace from realms on high;
Jesus came for man's redemption,
Lowly came on earth to die.

Jesus comes again in mercy
When our hearts are bowed with care;
Jesus comes again in answer
To an earnest, heart-felt prayer;
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Comes to save us from despair.

Jesus comes in joy and sorrow,
Shares alike our hopes and fears;
Jesus comes, whate'er befalls us,
Cheers our hearts and dries our tears;

Jesus comes to hearts rejoicing,
Bringing news of sins forgiven;
Jesus comes in sounds of gladness,
Leading souls redeemed to heaven;
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Now the gate of death is riven.

Jesus comes on clouds triumphant,
When the heavens shall pass away;
Jesus comes again in glory;
Let us then our homage pay,
Alleluia! ever singing,
Till the dawn of endless day.
Track Name: Andrew Rottner - My Soul Magnifies the Lord
He who is mighty, has shown great strength to me
And His mercy is for those who fear His Holy name
And He has shown strength with His arm and His law
And He has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.

He who is mighty has brought the wicked shame
And His anger is for those who curse His Holy name
And He has shown rage with the mighty in their thrones
And He has lifted the low into His glorious home

O my soul magnifies the Lord,
Yes my soul magnifies the Lord.

He who is mighty has not forgotten me
And His helping is for those to serve His Holy name
He has shown remembrance with his servant Israel
And He spoke the promise from which all my doubts dispel

O my soul magnifies the Lord,
Yes my soul magnifies the Lord.
O my soul magnifies the Lord,
Yes my soul magnifies the Lord.
Track Name: Luke Morton - Come Thou Almighty King
Come, Thou Almighty King, Help us Thy name to sing,
Help us to praise.
Father, all glorious, Oʼer all victorious, Come, and reign over us,
Ancient of Days.

Come, Thou incarnate Word, Gird on Thy mighty sword,
Our prayer attend:
Come, and Thy people bless, And give Thy word success; Spirit of holiness,
On us descend.

Come, holy Comforter, Thy sacred witness bear
In this glad hour:
Thou who Almighty art, Now rule in every heart, And neʼer from us depart,
Spirit of power.

To Thee, great One in Three, Eternal praises be
Hence evermore.
Thy sovʼreign majesty May we in glory see, And to eternity
Love and a dore.

Thy sovʼreign majesty May we in glory see, And to eternity
Love and adore.
Come, and Thy people bless, And give Thy word success; Spirit of holiness,
On us descend.