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"god's with us"

  • Joseph's Song

    This Christmas I shall be concentrating on Matthew's nativity and therefore Joseph's tale of an Angelic announcement. Unable to find a Christmas Carol that looked at things from Joseph's perspective I set out to write one which expressed something of what it is to be an adopted father and therfore caring for someone elses child. I found myself working in a tricky metre - but that just adds to the challenge!

    What follows is as ever a work in progress and your comments/suggested revisions will be appreciated

    Metre 7677

    Tune Peur Nobis RS 169

    Sing a song of Joseph’s fear

    Braving looks disgraceful

    Hear the news that “God’s with us”

    and make a place of welcome

    Sing a verse of Joseph’s trust,

    Taking in the grace-child

    Catch the rumour “God’s with us”,

    Adopted by all children

    Ring a bell of Angels’ song

    Pealing praise and laughter

    Sing out clearly “God’s with us”

    and rend the place asunder.   (with appropriate nod to Percy Dearmer)

    Sing a hymn of Joseph’s pride

    Fearing’s been disabled.

    Tell our story “God’s with us”

    where fatherhood is chosen.

    Sing an air of Joseph’s joy

    Caroling so graceful.

    Gently cradled God with us

    Extend the place of welcome


    Craig Muir 2010

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