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Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus in Song

by Sovereign Grace Music

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Who would have dreamed, or ever foreseen
That we could hold God in our hands?

The reality of the incarnation, the Son of God taking on our flesh and bones to save us, will be an eternal source of wonder, gratefulness, and joy. These fourteen songs are our attempt to capture that mystery in song. The long night is over and the light of the world has come. Prepare Him room.

[ For more information the album page on our website:
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released 29 September 2014

Produced by Neil DeGraide
Assistant Producer: Steve Cook
Executive Producer: Bob Kauflin
Creative Team: Steve Cook, Neil DeGraide, Devon Kauflin, David LaChance, Jr.

Tracks Recorded by Neil DeGraide at Bitter Blood Studios (Louisville, KY), Steve Cook at the Sovereign Grace Studio (Louisville, KY) and BlueHaven Productions (Orange, CA)
Assistant Engineering by Tyler Anderson, Benjamin Hoppe
Mixed by Craig Alvin at The Great Gazoo Reading Room (Nashville, TN)
Mastered by Shelley Anderson at Black Lab Mastering (Prospect, KY)

Lead Vocalists: Meghan Baird (7, 11), Kate DeGraide (2, 6, 10), Rebecca Elliott (2, 5, 12), Chris Jackson (1, 4, 9, 14), Devon Kauflin (5, 7, 11), McKenzie Kauflin (3, 8, 13)

Production Coordinator: Brittany Kauflin
Editorial: Bob Kauflin
Album Artwork: McKenzie Kauflin
Album Design: Brittany Kauflin

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Track Name: Come All Ye Faithful
VERSE 1
Come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant
O come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem
Come and behold Him, born the King of angels

REFRAIN
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord

VERSE 2
Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning
Jesus, to Thee be all glory given
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing

VERSE 3
True God of true God, Light from Light eternal
Humbly, He enters the virgin’s womb
Son of the Father, begotten, not created


Original words by John F. Wade, circa 1743. Verses translated by Frederick Oakeley. Original music attributed variously to John Wade, John Reading, or Simao Portogallo. Alt. words and music by David LaChance, Jr. © 2014 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)
Track Name: He Who Is Mighty
VERSE 1
Oh, the mercy our God has shown
To those who sit in death’s shadow
The sun on high pierced the night
Born was the Cornerstone

PRE-CHORUS
Unto us a Son is given, unto us a Child is born

CHORUS
He Who is mighty has done a great thing
Taken on flesh, conquered death’s sting
Shattered the darkness and lifted our shame
Holy is His name

VERSE 2
Oh, the freedom our Savior won
The yoke of sin has been broken
Once a slave, now by grace
No more condemnation

BRIDGE
Now my soul magnifies the Lord
I rejoice in the God Who saves
I will trust His unfailing love
I will sing His praises all my days


Words and Music by Rebecca Elliott and Kate DeGraide
© 2014 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)/Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)
Track Name: What Child Is This
VERSE 1
What Child is this Who, laid to rest
On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud
The Babe, the Son of Mary

VERSE 2
Why lies He in such mean estate
Where ox and lamb are feeding?
Good Christian, fear, for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading
Nails, spear shall pierce Him through
The cross be borne for me, for you
Hail, hail the Word made flesh
The Babe, the Son of Mary

VERSE 3
So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh
Come peasant, king to own Him
The King of kings salvation brings
Let loving hearts enthrone Him
Raise, raise a song on high
The virgin sings her lullaby
Joy, joy for Christ is born
The Babe, the Son of Mary


Words by William C. Dix (1865). Music: Greensleeves, 16th Century English melody. Public Domain.
Track Name: God Made Low
VERSE 1
Prophets promised long ago
A King would come to bring us hope
And now a virgin bears a son
The time to save the world has come

VERSE 2
Humble shepherds run in haste
To see the One the angels praised
In cattle stall they find a girl
Who holds the hope of all the world

CHORUS
Emmanuel has come to us
The Christ is born, Hallelujah!
Our God made low to raise us up
Emmanuel, has come to us

VERSE 3
As He sleeps upon the hay
He holds the moon and stars in place
Though born an infant He remains
The sovereign God of endless days

VERSE 4
For all our sins one day He’ll die
To make us sons of God on high
Let every heart prepare Him room
The promises have all come true


Words and Music by Jason Hansen and Bob Kauflin
© 2014 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)
Track Name: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
VERSE 1
O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear

VERSE 2
O come, Thou, Dayspring from on high
And cause Thy light on us to rise
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadow put to flight
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel

VERSE 3
O come, O come, true prophet of the Lord
And turn the key to heaven’s door
Be Thou our comforter and guide
And lead us to the Father’s side
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall by His word our darkness dispel

VERSE 4
O come, our great High Priest, and intercede
Thy sacrifice, our only plea
The judgment we no longer fear
Thy precious blood has brought us near
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Has banished every fear of hell

VERSE 5
O Come, Thou King of nations bring
An end to all our suffering
Bid every pain and sorrow cease
And reign now as our Prince of Peace
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come again with us to dwell


Original words (vv. 1-2) translated by John M. Neale (1851). Music: Veni Emmanuel. Alt. and add. words (vv. 3-5) by Steve Cook and Bob Kauflin
© 2014 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)/Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)
Track Name: One Still Night
VERSE 1
One still night, Mary awoke
Stirred by an angel, she trembled as he spoke
One small child would soon be born
The King of kings will wear a crown of thorns

CHORUS
“Glory to God,” the angels sang
“Immanuel was born for you this day
Peace on earth, good will toward men
Immanuel has come to Bethlehem
Immanuel has come to Bethlehem”

VERSE 2
One still night, while Joseph dreamed
He saw a vision within his troubled sleep
One small child, his bride would give
Deliverer delivered to save us from our sin

BRIDGE
And to His kingdom there’ll be no end
And to His kingdom there’ll be no end
And to His kingdom there’ll be no end

VERSE 3
One still night, a light was shown
That all the darkness could never overcome

Words and Music by Neil & Kate DeGraide
© 2014 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)
Track Name: Before the Skies
VERSE 1
Before the skies were stretched abroad
From everlasting was the Word
God was He; the Word was God
And He must be adored

VERSE 2
By the Word all came to be
The universe and all contained
Showing God’s authority
His power and His reign

REFRAIN
Glory, glory
Glory in the highest
Glory, glory
Glory God is with us
With us

VERSE 3
Though His glories still proceed
Never changing from our Lord
He laid down His majesty
And took on human form

VERSE 4
Mortals here beheld His face
The Heav’nly Father’s perfect Son
Full of truth and full of grace
The Savior now has come!

VERSE 5
He gave up His life in love
So our lips could gladly tell
Christ, the Word, has come to us
Our Lord, Immanuel


Original words by Isaac Watts, Alt. and add. words and music by Doug Plank © 2014 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)
Track Name: Who Would Have Dreamed
VERSE 1
On a starlit hillside, shepherds watched their sheep
Slowly, David’s city drifted off to sleep
But to this little town of no great renown
The Lord had a promise to keep

VERSE 2
Prophets had foretold it, a mighty King would come
Long awaited Ruler, God’s Anointed One
But the Sovereign of all looked helpless and small
As God gave the world His own Son

CHORUS
And who would have dreamed or ever foreseen
That we could hold God in our hands?
The Giver of Life is born in the night
Revealing God’s glorious plan
To save the world

VERSE 3
Wondrous gift of heaven: the Father sends the Son
Planned from time eternal, moved by holy love
He will carry our curse and death
He’ll reverse So we can be daughters and sons


Words and Music by Jason Hansen and Bob Kauflin
© 2014 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)
Track Name: O Holy Night (Hear the Gospel Story)
VERSE 1
O holy night, the stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!

VERSE 2
Humbly He lay, Creator come as creature,
Born on the floor of a hay-scattered stall.
True Son of God, yet bearing human feature,
He entered earth to reverse Adam’s fall.
In towering grace, He laid aside His glory,
And in our place, was sacrificed for sin.
Fall on your knees! O hear the gospel story!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!

VERSE 3
Come then to Him Who lies within the manger,
With joyful shepherds, proclaim Him as Lord.
Let not the Promised Son remain a stranger;
In reverent worship, make Christ your Adored.
Eternal life is theirs who would receive Him;
With grace and peace, their lives He will adorn.
Fall on your knees! Receive the Gift of heaven!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born
O night, O holy night when Christ was born


Original words (v. 1) by Placide Cappeau. Translated by John S. Dwight. Music by Adolphe C. Adams (1847). Add. words (vv. 2-3) by Kevin Hartnett
© 2014 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)
Track Name: There Blooms a Rose in Bethlehem
VERSE 1
There blooms a rose in Bethlehem
From tender stem hath sprung
Of Jesse’s line this flower grows
As men of old have sung Isaiah told us long ago
About this rose we’d find
In virgin arms we shall behold
The Savior of mankind

VERSE 2
The glories of the heavens
Surrounded shepherds bright
The angels sang, a sign was shown
The Christ was born that night
What mystery they came upon
The sign the heralds laud
In manger slept the Holy One
In flesh, the Son of God

VERSE 3
This flow’r in bloom, a scent so sweet
That greets us in the air
It has dispelled with hopefulness
The sting of death’s despair
Foretold, this rose was born to die
But would not see decay
So those who place their faith in Him
Shall blossom from the grave


Words and Music by Neil DeGraide
© 2014 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)
Track Name: The Unbelievable
VERSE 1
Come and see the inconceivable
And believe the unbelievable
God has come to dwell with us
Begotten Son born into Adam’s earth
Promised One fulfilling ancient words
God has come to dwell with us

BRIDGE
Who could ever know the depths
Of the myst’ry of Your grace?
Though our minds can’t take it in
Lord, our hearts are filled with praise

VERSE 2
He will heal the unhealable
He will save the unsavable
God has come to dwell with us
Heaven’s joy will drink our bitter cup
Emptied out as He is lifted up
God has come to dwell with us

VERSE 3
Lord we’re lost in overwhelming awe
At the thought of such amazing love
God has come, God has come
God has come to dwell with us


Words and Music by Steve & Vikki Cook
© 2014 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)
Track Name: Prepare Him Room
VERSE 1
O behold, the mystery now unfolds
See the star shine on the virgin foretold
Angels sing and light up the sky
Hope rings out in a newborn’s cry
Swing wide, you ancient gates
For Christ is born today!

CHORUS
Prepare Him room
Prepare Him room
Let the King of glory enter in

VERSE 2
God with us, the promise has come to be
This, the one the prophets were longing to see
In the darkness a blazing light
To the hungry the words of life
His kingdom now is near
For those with ears to hear

VERSE 3
Oh, our hearts, as busy as Bethlehem
Hear Him knock, don’t say there’s no room in the inn
Through the cradle, cross, and grave
See the love of God displayed
Now He’s risen and He reigns
Praise the Name above all names!


Words and Music by Rebecca Elliott and Dave Fournier
© 2014 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)
Track Name: Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
VERSE 1
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King
Peace on earth, and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With angelic host proclaim
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!”

REFRAIN
Hark! the herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

VERSE 2
Christ, by highest Heav’n adored
Christ the everlasting Lord
Late in time, behold Him come
Offspring of a virgin’s womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail th’incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel

BRIDGE
Gloria, Gloria, Gloria

VERSE 3
Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris’n with healing in His wings
Mild, He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth


Words by Charles Wesley (1739). Music: MENDELSSOHN, Felix Mendelssohn. Add. words and music by David LaChance, Jr.
© 2014 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)
Track Name: Joy to the World (Our God Reigns)
VERSE 1
Joy to the world! The Lord is come
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing

VERSE 2
Joy to the world! The Savior reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy

VERSE 3
No more let sins and sorrows grow
Nor thorns infest the ground
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found
Far as the curse is found

VERSE 4
He rules the world with truth and grace
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness
And wonders of His love
And wonders of His love

TAG
Let heaven and nature sing (Our God reigns)


Original words by Isaac Watts (1719). Original music: ANTIOCH. Add. words and music by David LaChance, Jr.
© 2014 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)