The Season of Christmas – Music – 58.1

These music suggestions are appropriate for use throughout the season of Christmas and may be repeated from week to week.

Congregational Song in Christmas

Lighting the Christ Candle on the Advent Wreath (Christmas Eve)

  • Come Now, O Prince of Peace GTG 103

  • Love Has Come (all stanzas) GTG 110

  • Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light GTG 130

  • Go, Tell It on the Mountain GTG 136, UMH 251, AAHH 202

  • From Heaven Above (stanza 5) GTG 111

  • Heaven Is Singing for Joy GTG 382, SSS 13

  • Jesus, Jesus, O What a Wonderful Child GTG 126

  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing / Jesus, the Light of the World GTG 127, AAHH 217

  • Angels, from the Realms of Glory GTG 143 (mix-match stanzas for Christmas/Epiphany, stanza 4 regardless) 

  • Vamos todos a Belén / Let Us Go to Bethlehem (refrain only or with some stanzas) SSS 84

  • Wonderful Counselor AAHH 210


  • Angels We Have Heard on High (refrain) GTG 113

  • Glory to God, Whose Goodness Shines on Me GTG 582

  • Glory to God / Gloria, gloria GTG 583

  • Glory, Glory, Glory GTG 584

  • Glory to God / Gloria a Dios GTG 585 

  • Sing Out, My Soul / Magnificat GTG 646

Doxology Alternatives

  • Love Has Come (stanza 3) GTG 110

  • Angels, from the Realms of Glory (stanza 4) GTG 143

  • What Child Is This (stanza 3 or 1) GTG 145

  • Sing, Praise, and Bless the Lord GTG 635

  • Give Thanks GTG 647

Anthems for Children’s Choirs for Christmas and Epiphany

  • “Alepun,” Spanish carol, arr. Joel Martinson, uni / 2 pt, org, pno (ME)

  • “Arise, Shine, Jesus Has Come,” Lynn Shaw Bailey, Becki Slagle Mayo, CGA, uni, pno, opt 3 hb/hc (E)

  • “Christ Was Born on Christmas Day,” Pat Messick, CGA, uni, opt 2 pt echo, pno, perc, fl/rec (E)

  • “Come, Ye People of Every Nation,” Dan Edwards, CGA, pno, uni / 2 pt, perc, opt Orff (ME)

  • “Dance and Sing,” Nancy Gifford, CGA, uni, wood block, tri (E)

  • “Follow the Star,” from Children Sing at Christmas, Anne McNair, William McNair, AF, uni, pno (E)

  • “Glory to God,” Terry D. Taylor, Celebrating Grace, uni, opt 3 pt, keybd, opt hb/hc (ME)

  • “Hungarian Christmas Carol,” Tarkanyi-Znasskovsky, arr. Austin Lovelace, CGA, uni, keybd (E)

  • “May My Light Shine,” Lynn S. Bailey, Becki Slagle Mayo, CGA, pno, opt hc (E)

  • “No Room,” Lloyd Larson, Fred Bock, uni, 2 pt, keybd (E)

  • “Rocking Song,” Dave and Jean Perry, CGA, uni / 2 pt, pno (M)

  • “Shepherd Boy,” Charlotte Algozin, CGA, uni, pno, opt rec, opt perc (E)

  • “Somebody’s Talking ’bout Jesus,” Terry D. Taylor, CGA, uni / 2 pt, pno, opt cl (ME)

    Anthems for Youth Choirs for Christmas and Epiphany

    • “A Celtic French Carol,” arr. Lynn Shaw Bailey and Chris Pillsbury, CF, 3 pt, pno, opt vln (ME)

    • “African Noel,” arr. Victor C. Johnson, HMP, 3 pt, pno, opt perc (ME)

    • “All on a Silent Night,” Becki Slagle Mayo, HMP, 2 pt, pno, opt vc (E)

    • “Away in a Manger,” arr. John Ferguson, AF, 3 pt, org (ME)

    • “Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella,” arr. Russell Robinson, HMP, 3 pt, pno (ME)

    • “Christmas Sanctus,” Lee Dengler, HOPE, 3 pt, pno (MA)

    • “How Far Is It to Bethlehem?” Molly Ijames, SFP, SATB, pno (M)

    • “Oh Children Come,” Joseph Martin, SHAW, SATB, pno, opt vln (MA)

    • “Pat-a-Pan Noel,” arr. Ruth Elain Schram, CGA, 3 pt, pno, opt fl and perc (MA)

    • “Rise Up, Shepherd!” arr. Sally Albrecht, ALF, 3 pt, pno (M)

    • “Silent Is the Night,” Jay Althouse, BP, SATB, pno (M)

    • “Sweet Little Jesus Boy,” arr. Earlene Rentz, CF, SAB, pno (M)

        Handbell Music for Christmas and Epiphany


        • “Christmas Meditation,” arr. Michael Helman, 3–5 oct, AGEHR, AG35126, Level 3+
        • “Fantasy on Love Came Down at Christmas,” arr. Sandra Eithun, 3–5 oct, CON, CO977004, Level 2+


          • “We Three Kings,” Hopkins, arr. Cynthia Dobrinski, 3–5 oct, Agape, 1390, Level 2
          • “We Three Kings,” arr. Brian Childers, 3–5 oct, FTM, 20522, Level 3

              Vocal Solos for Christmas and Epiphany

              • “Angel’s Prophecy,” Prophets and Angels, Aaron David Miller, AF (E)

              • “See amid the Winter’s Snow,” Songs for the Journey, Dan Forrest, BP (M)

              • “Silent Night,” The Best of Mark Hayes for Solo Voice, Mark Hayes, ALF (ME)

              • “The Virgin’s Slumber Song,” Max Reger, Schirmer (M)

              • “Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion,” Messiah, G. F. Handel, various, soprano (A)

              • “Gesu Bambino,” Pietro Yon, HAL (ME)

              • “Here with Us,” Joy Williams, Ben Glover, Jason Ingram, (M)

              • “God Is with Us,” Wayne Kirkpatrick, (M)

              • “Cantique de Noel,” Adolphe Adam, GSH (MA)

              • “The Star,” Peter McCann, (M)

              • “O Mary, What You Gonna Call Your Pretty Little Baby,” O Redeemed, Uzee Brown Jr., LOR (MA)

              • “Behold That Star!” Ten Spirituals for Solo Voice, Mark Hayes, ALF (M)