The Mystery of Godliness

by Bruce Benedict

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A collection of traditional and original Advent/Christmas songs written by Bruce Benedict (Cardiphonia) and recorded by Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, NC. for Christmas 2012.

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released December 5, 2012

All songs written or arranged by Bruce Benedict
(c) 2012 Cardiphonia Music
Cover art by Kyle Ragsdale (2012) inspired by 1 Tim 3:16
Design by Ray Mills. www.raymills.net
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Track Name: Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending
Lo! He comes with clouds descending,
Once for favored sinners, slain;
Thousand thousand saints attending,
Swell the triumph of his train:

Refrain
Alleluia, Alleluia!
God appears on earth to reign.

Now, redemption, long expected,
See in solemn pomp appear;
All his saints by man rejected,
Now shall meet him without fear:

Refrain
Alleluia, Alleluia!
See the day of God appear!

Yea, Amen! Let all adore thee,
High on thine eternal throne;
Savior, take the power and glory,
Claim the kingdom for thine own;

Refrain
O come quickly! O come quickly!
Alleluia, come, Lord, come!

Alleluia, Alleluia!
See the day of God appear!

Alleluia, Alleluia!
God appears on earth to reign.
Track Name: The Son forsook the Fathers Home
The Son forsook the Father's home
For mercy to lost man,
And did not scorn the Virgin's womb
To bear the sinner's ban.
Meekly the Maiden pure believed
The great Archangel's word,
And by the Holy Ghost conceived
The Saviour Christ the Lord.

The Word made flesh creation sees,
Its mighty God in Man :
Great mystery of mysteries
Since ever time began !
That we might gain a second birth
The Holy Son was given :
T'was God Himself came down to earth
To win us back to heaven.

Lord ! we believe with love and praise
This wondrous truth of Thee :
Thereby in all our troubled days
How strong henceforth are we !
So near art Thou, so strong are we,
For now, if we are Thine,
Our Brother in humanity,
Thou makest us divine !

We see with peace in times of fear
Serene Thy human Form ;
Thy human Voice with joy we hear,
Sweet-toned above the storm.
So dread we not the deathly strife,
Knowing that Thou hast died :
It can but bear us into life,
Since nearer to Thy side !
Track Name: Bellwether Music - Upon a Hill in Bethlehem (Glory!)
Upon a hill in Bethlehem
The shepherds watched their sheep
And then an angel of the Lord
Did rouse them from their sleep

CHORUS:
(women) Glory! our God is highest
(men) Glory! our God is great!
The sheep went leaping, our savior is sleeping
and all will have peace tonight

“Fear not, you hear the words of men
Brought down from heaven above
This very day a Savior born
Is Christ the Lord of love.”

“How do you speak in shepherd tongue?”

The men now gave reply
“How do you sing our folksy song

and brighten up our sky?”

For this good news we’ll leave our flock
And venture from the hills
“O Glory, Glory to our God
Let heaven and earth be filled!”
Track Name: Go, Tell it on the Mountain!
Refrain:
Go, tell it on the mountain
over the hills and everywhere;
go, tell it on the mountain,
that Jesus Christ is born.

1 While shepherds kept their watching
o'er silent flocks by night,
behold, throughout the heavens
there shone a holy light. [Refrain]

2 The shepherds feared and trembled
when, lo! above the earth
rang out the angel chorus
that hailed our Savior's birth. [Refrain]

3 Down in a lowly manger
the humble Christ was born,
and God sent us salvation
that blessed Christmas morn. [Refrain]
Track Name: Jesus, the Light of the World
Hark the herald angels sing,
Jesus the light of the world.
Glory to the newborn king,
Jesus the light of the world.

Chorus
We’ll walk in the light, beautiful light,
Come where the dewdrops of mercy are bright.
Shine all around us by day and by night;
Jesus the light of the world.

Joyful all ye nations rise,
Jesus the light of the world.
Join the triumph of the skies,
Jesus the light of the world.

Christ by highest heaven adored,
Jesus the light of the world.
Christ the everlasting Lord,
Jesus the light of the world.

Hail the heaven born Prince of Peace,
Jesus The light of the world.
Hail the Son of righteousness,
Jesus the light of the world.
Track Name: Glory be to God on High
Glory be to God on high, Peace on earth descend;
God comes down; He bows the sky, and shows Himself our Friend!
God, th’invisible appears, God, the blest, the great I AM,
Sojourns in this vale of tears, and Jesus is His name.

Him the angels all adored, their Maker and their King;
Tidings of their humbled Lord, they now to mortals bring;
Emptied of His majesty, of His dazzling glories shorn,
Being’s Source, begins to be, and Christ Himself is born!

See the eternal Son of God, a mortal Son of Man,
Dwelling in an earthly clod whom Heaven cannot contain!
Stand amazed, ye heavens, at this! See the Lord of earth and skies
Humbled to the dust He is, and in a manger lies!

Bridge:
We, the sons of men, rejoice, The Prince of Peace proclaim,
With Heaven’s host lift up our voice, and shout Immanuel’s Name;
Knees and hearts to Him we bow; of our flesh, and of our bone,
Jesus is our brother now, and God is all our own!
Track Name: Simeon's Song (Consolation)
Lord bid your servant go in peace
Your word is now fulfilled
These eyes have seen salvation’s dawn,
This child so long foretold

This is the Savior of the world,
The Gentiles promised light
God’s glory dwelling in our midst,
The joy of Israel

Behold this child will pierce your heart
His Word will be a sword
A sign opposed to hearts concealed
And grace for heaven’s adored

Almighty Father, hear our cry
Through Christ the only Son,
Whom in the Spirit we adore
For ages without end
Track Name: The Mystery of Godliness (1 Tim 3:16)
“Born as the Word, this Son of Man
A light has dawned, in a lightless land
He took on flesh, our very flesh”
A voice cries out, in the wilderness

He bore our shame, he bore the curse
His name denied, with thorns and thirst
The spirit worked, the spirit sighed
The wrath of God was satisfied

Refrain 1:
Al-le-lu-ia, Worthy is the Lamb

The angels witness to proclaim
Jesus has gone, with a captives train
Ascended high, a servants throne
A present kingdom, to adorn

The mystery of the risen Lord
A gospel to the ends of earth
The hearts of many will rejoice
Ten-thousands raise their thankful voice

Refrain 2:
To receive power, honor and glory, to receive praise now and forever
To receive strength, all wealth and wisdom
to receive praise now and forever.

O risen Christ, ascended Lord,
All praise to Thee let earth accord,
Who art, while endless ages run,
With Father and with Spirit one

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