Beckenhorst, 2015

Setting of Susan Boersma’s beautiful Christmas text for SATB chorus with optional children’s choir and optional woodwind duet or orchestra.


A stable bare,
a starlit sky,
and under Heaven’s watchful eye
a miracle in manger lay,
the Lamb of God upon a bed of hay.

The first news of this glorious birth
was told to those of little worth,
who left their flocks,
as angels said,
to find the Lamb of God in manger bed.

The shepherds paused at stable door,
looked on the Lamb and in Him saw
their own Good Shepherd, born a Lamb,
themselves the flock within the Shepherd’s hand.

With shepherds gaze in wonder on
the mystery of Heaven’s plan:
The Shepherd, born to live with us,
is born to die for us, the shepherds’ Lamb.

-Susan Boersma

Tags: Christmas, Worship

Instrumentation: Piano, Flute, Oboe, Orchestra