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Thursday, 13 October 2011

A children's carol: An Angel told Shepherds

This is a very easily sung carol which would suit inclusion in a children's carol service and celebrates the astonishing happenings of the first Christmas. The simple tune is an old nursery rhyme as you will see below. Young children particularly enjoy the opportunity to count out loud!

 An angel told shepherds with great, great joy
(Tune: There was a jolly miller who lived by himself ) Watch it at http://youtu.be/_WHMFH-BnnQ

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An angel told shepherds with great, great joy
Messiah’s come to earth as a baby boy.
You’ll find him in a stable now
Borrowing the manger of an innkeeper’s cow.
Children count loud – or silently - One,two,three,four

Then suddenly an angel crowd
Appeared in the night and sang out loud:
‘Glory to God’ and ‘Peace on earth’,
‘We’re celebrating Jesus’ birth’.
Children count loud – or silently - One,two,three,four

He has come to earth to save us all
And he’s truly lying in a stable stall.
Children count loud – or silently - One,two,three,four

He came to earth for you and me
Though we finally nailed him to a tree.
But then he rose up from the grave
That we from sin could all be saved.
Children count loud – or silently - One,two,three,four

So that is why the angels sang
To shepherds who to Bethlehem ran.

If you like this, you might also enjoy other contemporary Carols on this site which you can find by Clicking Here and especially the following


Other contemporary carols/ Christmas hymns on this site are as follows (with links)
Before the Creation, the Word was with God (The Chriistmas Gospel sung to ‘To God be the Glory)
In Bethlehem, with Borrowed Cattle Stall (Sung to Plaisir D’Amour, French folksong tune with fanfare for Isaiah’s proclamation)
Vivid Winter’s Morn (A carol in ‘Rock’ mode)




Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe
It is currently thought that the Universe has at least 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars! Hence the use of the word ‘scintilla’ for a mere ten thousand billion.

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)
Cross and Particle Accelerator. The words of 'A Prayer for Understanding' can be viewed by clicking on this image

Nebula (Embroidery)

Nebula (Embroidery)
Nebula (Embroidery) to accompany the poem 'Invitation' which can be found by clicking on the image.

Orange Galaxy

Orange Galaxy
'Orange Galaxy' posted to accompany 'Bounded and Boundless'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower
Cosmic Icon 7 - Summerflower Nebula (Acrylic)

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth
Cosmic Ikon 8: Moth Nebula(imagined-acrylic) The Gold field of deep space is intended to convey the Lordship of Christ over the whole of the Cosmos

Surprise garden rose (Photo)

Surprise garden rose (Photo)
This beautiful head of roses in our garden, which are giving off a delightful perfume in the morning sun, seems a fitting picture to link to the sonnet 'Evolution and Beauty'. Let the picture take you there. It is a surprise because it is growing high on a bush of otherwise pure yellow roses: amazing!

Cross and Vortex

Cross and Vortex
'Cross and Vortex' to accompany 'Stars and Planets Sing Your Glory'. Click on the image to go to the poem/hymn.

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)
Gaseous Cosmic Threads: Mixed media - acrylics and painted threads

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)
Warm Umbrian Hills: Click image to take you to the poem St Francis' Sky

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)
'Cosmic Labyrinth' - This icon is a symbol of the path through the near reaches of the Cosmos with its 'Havens' where current advances in science (2012/13) are celebrated. By clicking on the picture you will be taken to the latest version of the poem of the same name.

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)
Time, perhaps to consider a restorative break before the approach of Advent/ Christmas. Let this image take you to 'On Drawing Apart'.

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)
On the South shore of Iona is a bay which shows the industrial scarring of a beautiful place. Read of it by clicking on the picture

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)
The Imaginary Butterfly Nebula . Anything like this would be a real Curiosity! The image will link you to the reflection titled 'Curiosity' which is actually a celebration of the achievement of landing the Mars Rover of that name

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)
'Light of the world' posted to accompany 'To Light'. Find the poem by clicking on the image.

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)
Iona from Fionnphort. At this point of the Isle of Mull, the end of a pilgrimage or trip to Iona is in sight. Click on this picture to take you to the poem 'IONA - The Pilgrim Way'

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)
Cross and simple prayer rope: make one like this to use as an aid to using ‘The Jesus Prayer'