Setlist - 8 Dec 2019
Evening Carol Services at Kings

Tags: carols

  • [G] O come, all ye faithful - John F. Wade
  • [F] O little town of Bethlehem - Phillips Brooks, Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • [Bb] O Holy Night - Placide Cappeau, John S. Dwight, Adolphe Adam
  • [Em] God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen - Traditional
  • [C#] Joy to the world - Isaac Watts
  • [A] Sweet sounds of heaven - Joel Payne, Matt Weeks
  • [F] Hark, the herald angels sing - Charles Wesley

Two carol services this evening. The theme was 'Prepare Him Room', drawing on the lyric in 'Joy to the World'. The choir performed the Sovereign Grace song of the same name.

Lots of these carols are standards at Kings, but that was the first time we've used 'God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen'. We did it in an uptempo folky style, similar to our arrangement of 'We Three Kings'.

I added a reprise to 'Joy to the World' to really bring out the "prepare him room" lyric. While people responded to the sermon, we sang the new Resound Christmas song 'Sweet sounds of heaven', which fit very well with the theme.

All good stuff! I'm beginning to feel Christmassy. I'm looking forward to the all-age version of this service next Sunday morning.

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