The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.@Isaiah 9:2
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Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Carolyn W. Gillette, 2012.

Mendelssohn Felix Mendelssohn, 1840 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Carolyn W. Gillette (1961)

All of you who walked in darkness
Who have known the fear of night—
Now rejoice and sing with gladness;
Come and see the wondrous light!
God has turned your tears to songs,
Lifting burdens, righting wrongs.
God sent us a tiny boy
Bringing hope and peace and joy.

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In one little baby’s birth,
God knelt down to love the earth.

Still Christ comes to save God’s people,
Still he comes to those oppressed.
To the folks who toil and struggle,
God has sent the very best.
To the young and to the old,
To the homeless, tired and cold,
To the lost, to those who mourn,
To the world, a child is born.

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In this time of celebration,
May we show what life can be,
As we care for God’s creation,
As we serve the Prince of Peace.
Seeking justice everywhere,
Lifting burdens others bear,
May we gladly serve and pray—
Knowing why we live this way:

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