I love Christmas music but sometimes it can be a challenge to find great Christmas songs that a congregation can truly worship with. Sometimes we sing songs just because they are traditional and they have a Christmas theme but they really aren’t worship songs. They cover the bases by being about Christmas but really don’t point our hearts towards the Author of Christmas.
One of the ways that I have worked to overcome that problem is to write Christmas lyrics for some of the top worship songs. Below I have put a list of my favourite Christmas songs and also songs from my regular worship list that I have added Christmas lyrics to. I would love your feedback! (I’ve also put in YouTube links to the original versions).
Angels We Have Heard On High ~ Chris Tomlin | James Chadwick
Away in A Manger ~ Traditional version (this is the Billy Gilman version)
10,000 Reasons ~ Jonas Myrin | Matt Redman (Christmas lyrics: Mark Cole)Verse 1 This Child was born as a gift from heaven A gift from God sent to save the world The angels sang His praise as the star shone all around them ‘Glory to God and peace on earth to men’ Chorus Bless the Lord O my soul, O my soul Worship His holy name Sing like never before, O my soul I worship Your holy Name. Verse 2 The shepherds came on that glorious ev’ning They came to see the Child sent down from God They knelt and worshipped in that lowly manger The promised gift of the Messiah come Verse 3 And Lord today I give all my worship I give my life as an offering For You are worthy of all praise unending Ten thousand years and then forevermore © 2011 Said And Done Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) sixsteps Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) worshiptogether.com songs (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) SHOUT! Music Publishing (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing)
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus ~ Chris Tomlin version
Glory To God Forever ~ Steve Fee | Vicky Beeching (Christmas lyrics: Mark Cole)Verse 1 You sent Your Son to earth A baby born this day A light for all the world Yeah You were, yeah You were And now You reign on high Enthroned above all things Angels and saints cry out We join them as we sing Chorus Glory to God, glory to God Glory to God forever Glory to God, glory to God Glory to God forever Verse 2 The shepherds came to see This great gift sent from God The babe in swaddling cloths Yeah You were, yeah You were The star shone bright that day A blazing star of hope A light that shouts and sings The greatness of our King Bridge Take my life and let it be All for You and for Your glory Take my life and let it be Yours © Sixsteps Songs (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) Worship Together Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
Happy Day ~ Ben Cantelon | Tim Hughes (Christmas lyrics: Mark Cole)Verse The greatest gift in history God sent His Son, a Child to set us free What a gift, Love came down to earth In Bethlehem the manger lay The heavens rang, the angels gave Him praise They shouted out, ‘Glory, peace on earth’ ‘Peace on earth’ Chorus And oh happy day, happy day The Savior born this day Oh happy day, happy day I’ll never be the same Forever I am changed Bridge Oh what a glorious day What a glorious way This love You sent down And oh, what a glorious day What a glorious Name, yeah! © 2006 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
Hark The Herald ~ Jeremy Camp version
Here I Am To Worship ~ Tim Hughes (Christmas lyrics: Mark Cole)Verse 1 Emmanuel, You stepped down walked among us Born as a child, yet a King Angels proclaimed of the birth of a Savior Hope of the world sent from God Verse 2 Light of the world, oh so highly exalted Glorious in heaven above Humbly You came to the earth You created All for love’s sake became poor Chorus Here I am to worship Here I am to bow down Here I am to say that You’re my God You’re all together lovely Altogether worthy Altogether wonderful to me Bridge I thank You Lord this Christmas day For love came down my debt was paid I thank You Lord this Christmas day For love came down my debt was paid © 2000 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
Jesus Messiah ~ Chris Tomlin | Daniel Carson | Ed Cash | Jesse Reeves (Christmas lyrics: Mark Cole)Verse 1 He came as a Child, Who knew no sin God’s Son was sent down, all for love He humbled Himself, the Light of the world Love so amazing, love so amazing Chorus Jesus Messiah Name above all names Blessed Redeemer, Emmanuel The rescue for sinners The ransom from heaven Jesus Messiah, Lord of all Verse 2 This Child was a gift, the price for sin A gift sent from God, all for for love The angels sang, ‘God’s peace on earth’ Love so amazing, love so amazing, yeah. Bridge All our hope is in You All our hope is in You All the glory to You, God The Light of the world © 2008 sixsteps Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) Vamos Publishing (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) worshiptogether.com songs (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) Wondrously Made Songs (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)
Joy To The World (Unspeakable Joy) ~ Chris Tomlin | Ed Cash | George Frideric Handel | Isaac Watts | Matt Gilder
Let This Christmas Be ~ Mark Cole | Ryan Dahl | Toby BaxleyVerse 1 Creator of the heavens Majesty unknown Behold the newborn Infant The Savior alone Fully God and fully man Help me Lord to understand The power of Your grace Now given to me Chorus Let this Christmas be Christ in me The love of God sent down For the world to see Let the grace You’ve shown Be evident in me Let this Christmas be Christ in me Verse 2 Chosen to be holy Adopted as Your child Tho’ once I lived in darkness Now I’m reconciled God in Christ and Christ in me I embrace this mystery Your gift of grace and love Now given to me Bridge Oh Christ in me The hope of glory More precious than The gifts beneath the tree For the lights and gifts will fade But Your word will remain And the greatest gift of all Is a life that’s been redeemed © 2008 Baxley, Toby (Admin. by PraiseCharts Publishing, Inc.) Dahl, Ryan (Admin. by PraiseCharts Publishing, Inc.) Mark Cole/GT Music
Let Us Adore ~ Reuben Morgan (Christmas lyrics: Mark Cole)Verse 1 The angel proclaimed, ‘I bring good news Messiah is born in Bethlehem, the Saviour the Lord’ Verse 2 The armies of heav’n gave glory to God For now He has sent His only Son The Light of the world Chorus Let us adore Him, Let us adore Him Jesus Christ is the Lord Verse 3 The shepherds gave praise and glory to God For all they had seen that starry night The Child sent from God Bridge Hallelujah, Hallelujah You are worthy of all praise © 2005 Hillsong Music Publishing (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing)
O Come All Ye Faithful ~ Chris Tomlin Version
Christmas Offering ~ Paul Baloche
Our God ~ Chris Tomlin | Jesse Reeves | Jonas Myrin | Matt Redman (Christmas lyrics: Mark Cole)Verse 1 A Child in a manger You came A Child sent to rescue the lame There’s no one like You, none like You Verse 2 You are the Hope of the world The light that shines into the dark There’s no one like You, none like You Chorus Our God is greater, our God is stronger God You are higher than any other Our God is healer, awesome in power Our God, our God. Bridge And if our God is for us Then who could ever stop us And if our God is for us Then what could stand against © 2010 Said And Done Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) sixsteps Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) Vamos Publishing (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) worshiptogether.com songs (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) SHOUT! Music Publishing (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing)
Silent Night ~ Traditional (My favorite performance version is Mariah Carey’s)
Your Name ~ Glenn Packiam | Paul Baloche (Christmas lyrics: Mark Cole)Verse 1 Humbly to the earth You came Born into this world to save God with us, Emmanuel Now we adore Your Name Chorus Your Name… is a strong and mighty tower Your Name… is a shelter like no other Your Name… let the nations sing it louder ‘Cause nothing has the power to save But Your Name Verse 2 Jesus in Your Name we pray Come and fill our hearts today Lord give us strength to live for You And glorify Your Name © 2006 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing (IMI)) Vertical Worship Songs (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing (IMI)) Check out my new book.. “Leading Worship ~ Notes from a Grand Adventure’ available in Kindle or Soft Cover Editions. This is a great gift for the musician or worshipper in your life.
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