Songs for Christmas
Christmas is upon us yet again, and though most of our service planning is probably finished, I’d like to point out a few of our songs that relate to the incarnation of Jesus.
The song When Adam By Transgression Fell was written to accompany a Scripture reading from Genesis 3 about the fall of man into sin. The Anglican liturgy of Lessons and Carols includes this reading at Christmas
Last Christmas Eric Schumacher, Jeff Bourque, and I collaborated to write a new tune (and some new lyrics) to Eric’s already existing Christmas hymn How Beautiful the Mystery. Here’s the new tune, and here’s the original hymn text.
I wrote the song My Precious Savior Gave His All a few years ago to describe what Jesus gave in order to redeem His people from their sins. The first verse refers to the incarnation when it says “He left His majesty behind- The King became a slave!”
This is a much older song, in fact, one of my first hymn re-writes: The Everlasting Lord. The text is by Charles Wesley and features the verse “Equal He with God most high, mild, He laid His glory by; He, eternal God, was born, object of His creatures’ scorn; Man with men did He appear, pleased a servant’s form to wear.”