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Long Ago in Bethlehem
A beautiful modern worship Christmas song that has touched many hearts and lives since being written. Fairly simple and easy to catch on to, this song is a definite inclusion in any Christmas worship setlist.
Themes:  Birth of Jesus, Christmas, Advent,
Scriptures:  Matthew 2:3-6, Matthew 2:6, Luke 2:15


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Long Ago In Bethlehem

CCLI Number: 5567650

Long ago in Bethlehem
A shining star led the way
To a baby born of Mary
To a manger where he lay

How silently this gift was given
How humbly God became man
The Word made flesh among us
Fully God, yet fully man

     Hallelujah to the new born king
     Hallelujah the angels sing
     Hallelujah the saviour has come to us.
     Hallelujah to Jesus the Christ
     Hallelujah ye nations rejoice
     Hallelujah the saviour has come to us.

Mild he laid his glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give us second birth

Written by Matt McChlery (3rd verse by Charles Wesley 1707-88)
Copyright © 2008 Faithseed Music.
Adminsitered by Song Solutions CopyCare 14 Horsted Square, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1QG, United Kingdom.

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