Favorite Christmas Hymns – Pastor Ken Hilston

Favorite Christmas Carols of Pastor Hilston

I like using the words alone as prayers at Christmas meals. Three are important, but one is special.

Important #1:

Last verse of “O Little Town of Bethlehem” Great theology

“O Holy Child of Bethlehem, Descend to us we pray

Cast out our sins, and enter in, be born in us today.

We hear the Christmas angels, the great glad tidings tell,

O Come to us, abide with us, our Lord, Emmanuel.”

Important #2:

“In the Bleak Midwinter”   SBH 36n The Simplicity of Christmas

“What shall I give Him, Poor as I am?

If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb,

If I were a wise man, I would do my part,;

Yet what can I give Him, Give my heart.”

Special #1

The last verse of “Away in a Manger”

First, I always use it as poetry at the burial of a child.

Second, I interviewed in Brockton, the day they took the hostages in Iran.  My first time I took youth to a National Youth Gathering, we heard the testimonies of two of the American hostages.  The one woman hostage (I forgot her name) was the only hostage to speak to the world during their ordeal, and it was at Christmas. She sang for the world this last verse of the carol We 6000 had a chance to sing it back to her. It was one of the most moving moments of the faith for me.

“Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask You to stay,

Close by me forever and love me I pray,

Bless all the dear children in Your tender care,

And fit them to heaven to live with You there.”  AMEN

Pastor Hilston