The Little People

Words by Geoff Stilwell
Music by Alison Marr

  1. Why was He born in a humble stable?
    Why did the angels tell the shepherds at night?
    These were the first to visit the Christ child
    And worship and wonder at the heavenly sight.

  2. Why did He come as a helpless baby?
    Why was it such a shameful birth?
    Mary and Joseph accepted so humbly
    The truth that their child was God on Earth.

*** Chorus 1 ***
God came to us, the little people,
We all need Jesus because we fall
The Father so loved us he sent us his son
Jesus was born to save us all.
(Repeat last line)

  1. Wise men followed the star from the east
    Brought Jesus gifts that they laid by
    Gold for a king, incense for a priest
    And myrrh for they knew he was born to die

  2. He was despised when he lived as a man
    The carpenter crucified, rose again
    His death fulfilled the Father's plan
    With Him for eternity we will reign.

*** Chorus 2 ***
God came to us, the little people,
God with us, Immanuel.
Jesus redeems us from death eternal
And invites all of us with Him to dwell.
(Repeat last line)

*** Chorus 1 ***
God came to us, the little people,
We all need Jesus because we fall
The Father so loved us he sent us his son
Jesus was born to save us all.
(Repeat last line)

© 2006 Geoff Stilwell & Alison Marr

Song Story

This song was again inspired by a letter, the Christmas 2006 letter to the congregation from our Pastor, Barry Robinson. He wrote that the gospel accounts of Jesus' birth focus on the seemingly insignificant people: Mary and Joseph, the unnamed shepherds, Simeon and Anna, Zechariah and Elizabeth. Throughout Jesus life he was the 'friend of sinners'. He died for the lowliest and most wicked people. He is our ‘Emmanuel’ still and God is with us now.

This was the second time Alison and I had collaborated. This song took a little longer than the first. The words came first. I had some advice from Melissa Harman, a local poet and friend. Alison came up with the melody after about a week and the song was first introduced to the Camberwell congregation at a Worship Workshop, where I can teach them new songs, on the 9th December 2006. It was used in the service a week later on the 16th December. Alison and I also played it at the Annual General Meeting of our local Community Centre just before Christmas. It was also played at the Salvation Army's service on Christmas Day at which we contributed the music.

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