Come and Join the Celebration (See the shepherds hurry down to Bethlehem)

This children's song for Christmas Day was written by English Anglican medical secretary, organist and hymn-writer Valerie Collison (b 1933). It is loosely based on Luke 2:15-18.

It was first published in Carols for Children (1972), and is now included in various mainstream hymnals including Church Hymnary (4th edition) published in 2005 by Canterbury Press, Norwich UK, and Catholic Hymns Old and New (2008) by Kevin Mayhew Ltd - these are the best sources of sheet music for it.

It is now widely used in primary schools and also at Christmas Day service aimed at families with young children.

With meter 11 14 and refrain, the tune it is set to, also by Collison, is simply called CEELBRATION.



Downloads


Examples


Rock-style soloist:



Children's group doing actions, piano backing:



And another one, with enthusiastic clapping:



Instrumental version - played on the euphonium:



Backing track (lyrics on screen, keyboards accompaniment, no vocals):


Lyrics

The words are copyright - a copy can be found here compliments of the BBC.    The song starts with a chorus, which is repeated after each of the three verses.  A rough outline is:
Chorus:
Come and join the celebration,
It’s a very special day.
Come and share our jubilation;
There’s a new King born today.

1. See the shepherds
... At the Son of God who lay before them.

2. Wise men journey,
... Bringing precious gifts from lands afar.

3. God is with us,
... All the bells on earth are pealing.

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