The Word Became Flesh

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The Incarnation of Jesus Christ, the coming of the Redeemer.

Written, recorded, and mixed by Matthias Meckes

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released December 13, 2013

Flute on "Once in Royal David's City" - Hannah Maske

Vocals on "The First Noel" - Aaron Boyer, Hailey Dobbins, Alex Dwyer, Natalie Fisk, Tim Kern, Hannah Maske, and Nathan Weber

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Track Name: Savior of the Nations, Come
Savior of the nations, come
Virgin’s Son, here make Thy home
Marvel now, O heaven and earth
That the Lord chose such a birth.
Track Name: Once in Royal David's City
Once in royal David's city
Stood a lowly cattle shed
Where a mother laid her baby
In a manger for His bed
Mary was that mother mild
Jesus Christ her little child

He came down to earth from heaven
Who is God and Lord of all
And His shelter was a stable
And His cradle was a stall
With the poor and meek and lowly
Lived on earth our Savior holy

And our eyes at last shall see Him
Through His own redeeming love
For that child so dear and gentle
Is our Lord in heaven above
And He leads His children on
To the place where He is gone

Not in that poor lowly stable
With the oxen standing by
We shall see Him, but in heaven
Set at God's right hand on high
When like stars His children crowned
All in white shall be around
Track Name: The First Noel
"The first Noel" the angel did say
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
On a cold winter's night that was so deep

They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the east beyond them far
And to the earth it gave great light
And so it continued both day and night

Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord
That hath made heaven and earth of nought
And with His blood mankind has bought

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel
Track Name: Of the Father's Love Begotten
Oh, that birth forever blessed
When the Virgin, full of grace
By the Holy Ghost conceiving
Bare the Savior of our race
And the Babe, the world's Redeemer
First revealed His sacred face
Evermore and evermore
Track Name: Silent Night
Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin, mother and child
Holy infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glory streams from heaven above
Heavenly hosts sing Hallelujah
Christ the Savior is born
Christ the Savior is born

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, Love's pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord at Thy brith
Track Name: The Word Became Flesh
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

(Excerpts of John 1)