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Robert Stone: Psalm for Christmas Eve

By Robert Hugh Stone

This is sung to the tune Away in a manger with the congregation joining in the singing of the last five syllables of each line. Each stanza begins with the five syllables which are the conclusion of each line in that stanza.

I was asked to do the psalm for the midnight service at Faith Lutheran Church in Lebanon, Tennessee, Christmas Eve 2002. I knew that it would be too dim for the congregation to read words so I pondered over how to include them in the singing of the psalm. That very afternoon this idea came to me. At the 5 pm service of Bethlehem United Methodist Church, the people enthusiastically joined in the refrains (and there was piano accompaniment). At the 11 pm service there was no accompaniment. On Christmas Eve morning 2006 I led this again at Suggs Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church. -- RHS


Psalm 96: Each Day A New Song
Psalm for Christmas Eve
Each day a new song sing each day a new song.
O sing to the Lord God each day a new song.
All people on earth, sing each day a new song.
O worship the Lord, sing each day a new song.

From day unto day, say, from day unto day:
Our Lord is triumphant from day unto day;
His victory shout out from day unto day;
His marvelous works tell from day unto day.

O great are you, Lord, yes, O great are you, Lord.
All others are idols, O great are you, Lord.
Mere tatters and rags but O great are you Lord.
You only we honor, O great are you, Lord.

The heavens are yours, Lord, the heavens are yours.
We know your great strength for the heavens are yours.
All honor surrounds you, the heavens are yours;
All beauty attends you, the heavens are yours.

Proclaim the Lord God, yes, proclaim the Lord God.
All people on earth now proclaim the Lord God.
God's power is due glory, proclaim the Lord God.
God's name is due glory, proclaim the Lord God.

We worship you, Lord, yes, we worship you, Lord.
With gifts that we bring now we worship you, Lord.
We bow down, Most Holy, we worship you, Lord.
We tremble before you, we worship you, Lord.

The Lord, our King, reigns, sing, The Lord, our King, reigns.
All nations, we tell now The Lord, our King, reigns.
The world is established, The Lord, our King, reigns.
No judgment is crooked, The Lord, our King, reigns.

The Lord comes to rule, yes, the Lord comes to rule.
Be glad earth and sky, for the Lord comes to rule.
Rejoice seas and fields for the Lord comes to rule.
All trees of the woods shout the Lord comes to rule.

You judge with the truth, Lord, you judge with the truth.
You rule the world's peoples, you judge with the truth.
You set all aright for you judge with the truth.
Restoring all order, you judge with the truth.

Robert Hugh Stone
Reprinted with permission. Copyright 2002 , Robert Hugh Stone, The Cedar City Psalter

This is sung to the tune Away in a manger with the congregation joining in the singing of the last five syllables of each line. Each stanza begins with the five syllables which are the conclusion of each line in that stanza.

I was asked to do the psalm for the midnight service at Faith Lutheran Church in Lebanon, Tennessee, Christmas Eve 2002. I knew that it would be too dim for the congregation to read words so I pondered over how to include them in the singing of the psalm. That very afternoon this idea came to me. At the 5 pm service of Bethlehem United Methodist Church, the people enthusiastically joined in the refrains (and there was piano accompaniment). At the 11 pm service there was no accompaniment. On Christmas Eve morning 2006 I led this again at Suggs Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church. -- RHS


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