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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

2013 - Noel!


Friends in Christ, Rejoice!

Friend in Christ, rejoice! Hope and healing bring!
Angels all around us, “Peace on earth!” they sing. 
“Noel!” sing the angels, “Noel!” be our song,
For this baby small and weak is born to stand against the strong.
Noel, noel, noel! Sing the news with awe!
Like no god we had imagined is the baby in the straw.

Friends, approach the manger, leave aside your fear.
Immigrant and exile, all are welcome here.
“Noel!” sing the shepherds cast aside no more,
For the child for whom we had no room has opened every door.
Noel, noel, noel! Sing the news with awe!
Like no god we had imagined is the baby in the straw.

Friends beyond the circle, friends from east and west,
Led by star to light, here finally take your rest.
“Noel!” sing the Magi, “Noel!” sing the wise,
For the vision’s fire, your heart’s desire, is right before your eyes!
Noel, noel, noel! Sing the news with awe!
Like no god we had imagined is the baby in the straw.

Noel, noel, noel! Noel sing alway, 
For the God we thought so distant sighs and startles in the hay.
Noel, noel, noel! Sing the news with awe!
Like no god we had imagined is the baby in the straw.

Text by Rory Cooney
© 2011 Rory Cooney
Tune: MASTERS IN THIS HALL

…from our family to yours, and the whole human family. 
May the grace and good will of the season keep us connected to one another, 
and aware of one another’s desire for peace, security, and happiness, 
while awakening us to the same desires felt by all people everywhere. 
We hope for a new year of cooperation and universal prosperity. 
Let us live “God-with-us” by our love and service of one another, especially those most in need.

A very merry Christmas and joyful New Year to all.

Rory Cooney, Terry Donohoo, and Desi Cooney
Christmas 2013