Christmas Story

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1 Opening Medley ( based upon the opening of John's gospel)

"This first song is a medley, and much of its text is taken from the start of John's gospel. It opens mystically, at the beginning of all time. The second part has something to say about the light of Christ descending upon a world of darkness to give it a light that would never be extinguished."

© 2001 Sheila Hamil

2 Zechariah, Zechariah (Luke 1. 5-25 & 57- 66)

This song lends itself very well to puppets. with.all that 'chasing…and swooning'! Elizabeth is desperate to know what is wrong with her husband. Why is it he can't talk? Something must have happened to him in the temple!

© 2001 Sheila Hamil

3 Rejoice O highly favoured one, ( Luke 1. 26-45)

God needed Mary's 'Yes' in order for His Son to come to earth and save humankind. One small step for woman, one gigantic step forward for the whole world.

© 2001 Sheila Hamil

4 Part I Listen Joseph ( Matthew 1. 18-25)

Joseph is finally persuaded in a dream, to take Mary as His wife. What she says is true. She is carrying the Saviour of the World.

© 2001 Sheila Hamil

5 No Room At The Inn (Luke 2.7)

No room then for the Christ child to be born, everyone too occupied, every door closed…is this still true of today?

© 1988 Sheila Hamil

6 Sleep Little Baby

And so the child was born in a stable. Emmanuel~God with us.

© 1986 Sheila Hamil

7 Shepherds On A Hillside (Luke 2.. 8-18)

The shepherds ran to Bethlehem, and found that everything was as the angels had said, right down to him lying in a manger wrapped in swaddling clothes.

© 1986 Sheila Hamil

8 Jesus, Lamb of God

A song of worship and a lullaby

© 1986 Sheila Hamil

9 See The Star (Matthew 2. 1-2)

We had great fun doing this one. I can still remember the wise men puppets going up and down, up and down on their camels. The puppets' looked most anxious as they journeyed on, following the star.

© 2001 Sheila Hamil

10 Herod Was A Nasty Man ( Matthew 2. 3-8)

Herod was a Nasty Man, was the children's favourite song not only when we recorded it, but when we performed The Christmas Story in the week leading up to Christmas.

I think the children enjoyed the heavy metal style, which was played and arranged for us by former pupil Martin Brunton. The puppets certainly looked as though they were enjoying themselves too, especially Herod's henchman, who played a real mean electric guitar in the instrumental verse.

I still have these puppets if anyone, living locally, would like to borrow them.

©1986 Sheila Hamil

11 Enter Three Wise Men ( Matthew 2. 9-12)

A song for the presentation of the wise men's gifts.

© 1986 Sheila Hamil

12 There Is A Voice In Ramah' Rap ( Matthew 2. 16-18)

Our King Herod puppet looked really evil, sporting his black ostrich feather beard, eyebrows and moustache. He paced the floor, and drew his sword and waved it menacingly as the children chanted this rap.

© 2001 Sheila Hamil

13 Part II Listen Joseph (Matthew 2. 13)

Once more a dream for Joseph. This time it contained a warning to flee from Herod's wrath, to Egypt where he, Mary and the baby Jesus would be safe for a while.

© 2001 Sheila Hamil

14 The Flight To Egypt (Matthew 2. 14-15)

"This song has a haunting melody to it, and it describes one aspect of the Christmas Story we don't often hear about, and that is the actual Flight into Egypt. Meisha Wallace sings this beautifully, and she was only ten years old at the time."

© 2001 Sheila Hamil

15 Reprise:-

A repeat of the best loved songs

© 2001 Sheila Hamil