The King Has Arrived

by Michael J Tinker

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He's Here 04:18
He’s Here Tinker/Smith God had a plan
 Before time began 
He’d send his Son
 To live as a man
 The one who spoke
 Set the sun ablaze
 Would live on earth 
With those he made 
Could it be true
 He came for you?

 He’s here! 
He’s the ‘yes’ to all God’s plans
 He’s here 
Fully God and fully man 
God has come to us 
He’s born for us 
He’s one with us 
He’s here with us 
He’s here! 
Oh Immanuel 
He’s here
 God had a plan 
That lead to a cross 
Jesus obeyed 
And died there for us 
The one who gave 
All things their life 
Would give his own
 In sacrifice 
Could it be true 
He died for you? 

Chorus
 God has a plan 
That Jesus will reign 
King over kings 
And name above names 
So every tongue
 Will say ‘Christ is Lord’ 
For he gave his life 
To win the world 
Yes, it is true 
He came for you! 

Chorus
2.
3.
A Long, Long Time Ago Tinker/Cox 1. A long, long time ago
 When Adam and Eve had sinned 
 The Lord God made a promise 
 That sin would never win
 He would send a serpent crusher 
 Who would beat sin and death 
So we could live in the garden 
And have eternal rest That was his promise
 Long ago
 Would he keep his promise? 
 The people really hoped so Bridge 
Many years passed
 But the king didn't show-oh 
You know he didn’t show-oh 
So they hung on to
 The only thing they ever knew Chorus 
 God always keeps his promises 
 God always does what he says 
 God always keeps his promises 
 So we can trust in Him 
 Yeah, we can trust in Him 2. A long, long time ago 
The prophet Malachi did say 
The Lord God makes a promise 
That he will win the day 
He will come and bring great justice 
 And make a people for his own 
He will send a special prophet
 Who will change hearts of stone That was his promise
Long ago
 Would he keep his promise? 
 The people really hoped so Bridge 
 Chorus x2 

 3. A long, long time ago 
When Jesus was going home 
The Lord God made a promise 
That one day He’d return
 He’ll keep His promise
4.
5.
Down, Down 02:21
Chorus Down, down, down, down God came down, down Down, down, down, down To lift us up God came down, down To walk with Eve and Adam And he promised To crush sin and death God came down, down To see the tower at Babel And he made sure His plans would succeed When he came upon the mountain It shook and quaked The people could not go near him Because his holiness was great Down, down, down, down God came down, down Down, down, down, down To lift us up God came down, down And told his name to Moses I am the Lord who’s Full of grace and care Slow to anger Yet dealing with all wrong I will forgive all Those who trust in me So one night in quiet Bethlehem God came down again This time to be our Saviour To live, and die and rise as King! Down, down, down, down God came down, down Down, down, down, down To lift us up
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7.
They have seen a great light The people living in darkness Have been called out of the night His name is Wonderful Counsellor Mighty God Everlasting Father Prince of Peace x2 He's the King King Jesus He's the King King Jesus x2 We were walking in darkness But we have seen a great light We were living in darkness Jesus called us out of the night His name is Wonderful Counsellor Mighty God Everlasting Father Prince of Peace x2 He's the creator He's the life He is emmanuel He's the light x2
8.
9.
1. God promised long ago 
To make all of the sadness come untrue 
God said he’d send someone 
To pay the price of sin for me and you 
God said a servant king 
Would bring peace to a broken human race 
God said he’d be the one 
Through him he’d lovingly pour out his grace. 
He’s here! who’s here? Chorus The King has arrived!
 Go tell everyone the news He’s arrived!
 The promises of God will be fulfilled
 He’s arrived!
 He’ll win the victory and save the world 
He’s arrived!
 The King of the Universe is her 2. Zechariah sang a song 
‘I’ll praise you Lord, you’ve kept your promises And you have sent the One 
To save us from our foes and enemies 
And you’ve been chosen John
 To get God’s people ready for the King,
 And you will show them how,
 They can be saved through forgiveness of their sins ’
He’s here! who’s here? Chorus 3. Young Mary sang a song 
 ‘Though I am small and bow before my Lord 
You’ve given me the role 
 To carry your son, the King of all the World!
 So I will praise the One 
Who keeps his promises to Israel 
 For you’ve been merciful 
 Just as you said you would be long ago’ 
He’s here! who’s here? Chorus
10.
Promises 01:36
11.
We are the heavenly choir Getting down with a message for you x2 Do not be afraid We bring you good news That will cause great joy For the people Down in David’s town A saviour you will find He is Christ the Lord Of the people He’s the Messiah (Anointed One, He is the King)
He is the Lord of the Universe x2 We are the heavenly choir Getting down with a message for you x2 How will they know? This will be a sign You will go and find A baby wrapped in cloths In a manger x2 Glory to God in the highest And on earth, Peace to those On whom His favour rests x4 He’s the Messiah!
12.
13.
1. On a cold and starry night (aa-aa) Some lowly shepherds had a fright (aa-aa) The sky burst into light The sky burst into song The shepherds had no clue what's going on 2. A host of angels there appeared (aa-aa) Said 'Now then don't you be afeared (aa-aa) It's good news for you It's good news for all The promised one we've waited for so long Chorus God's special Son is here There's no more need to fear The promised king has finally arrived In David's town you'll find The Lord of all mankind Jesus the saviour of the world 3. A baby has this night been born (aa-aa) And he is keeping nice and warm (aa-aa) In a stable full of hay In a manger he is laid The baby King is born in Bethlehem 4. Go and visit then you'll see (aa-aa) The newborn babe who will be (aa-aa) The everlasting king Whose praises we will sing For ever and forever and amen Chorus
14.
15.
Wise men travelled from the East 
Looking for God’s Son 
Reversing the old journey that 
 Adam had begun 
Could everything that had gone wrong 
 Begin to be undone
 Through this little one? So we sing
 Thank you
 Merci (French) 
 Dankeschon (German) 
 Thank you 
Shukran (Arabic)
 Spasiba (Russian)
 To the King of the Nations 
Come and worship him 
Immanuel For so long people walked away 
Turning from the Lord 
But now in Jesus God is calling 
Us to come back home 
 The shepherd king is born to us 
 So let us put our trust
In Jesus! So we sing 
Thank you
 Obrigado (Portuguese) 
 Gracias (Spanish)
 Thank you
 Kiitos (Finnish)
 Arigato (Japanese)
 To the King of the Nations 
Come and worship him 
Immanuel So we sing
 Thank you
 Grazie (Italian) 
Asante Sana (Swahili) 
 Thank you 
 Enkosi (Xhosa) 
Shukriya (Urdu)
 To the King of the Nations 
Come and worship him 
Immanuel
16.
The List 00:47
17.
God gives the greatest Christmas gift Jesus born so he could give His life when he died upon the cross We only need to give him our trust (last time) It’s a free gift that he gives to us Happy Christmas from the king above Santa gives some lovely gifts Though only if you’re on the list But none of us is good enough So Jesus gives out of his love Hmmm - yeah, that’s our… Chorus 2. The Bible says God has a list And we’re included as a gift Though none of us is good enough Our names are written through his love When put our trust in… Chorus
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Each year in December You can hear the world sing In the school, in the shops You can hear sleigh bells ring Now listen quite closely (or do sing along) As I tell you the story Of the First Christmas Song. It started with Mary, An ordinary girl When she heard some good news That would change all the world. An angel said "Mary, You're having a son He is coming to rescue He's God's chosen one." So Mary was pregnant With God's baby boy! The news was amazing So she sang out with joy: "Glory to God, He has done a great thing! He is saving his people So everyone sing! The song kept on growing And Mary did too Until Jesus was born As a baby brand new. So God's king arrived On that first Christmas day And in Bethlehem's manger He lay in the hay. The sky filled with angels A heavenly throng And they joined in the words Of the First Christmas Song. "Glory to God And to Jesus the king! He is born as a baby So everyone sing!" Then Mary and Joseph And Jesus so small Went up to the temple To thank God for it all. Simeon lived there A very old man He trusted in God And in his rescue plan. He'd been waiting for Jesus He'd waited so long Now at last he could join in The First Christmas Song. "Glory to God! I have seen a great thing! God has kept every promise So everyone sing!" So maybe this Christmas You will hear the world sing And over the fields You might hear church bells ring. And now that you've heard it You could sing along You could be in the choir For the First Christmas Song!

credits

released October 28, 2020

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All songs arranged by Michael J Tinker and nicholas alexander
Produced and mixed by nicholas alexander
Dulcimer (track 1) recorded by Asher Peterson

Mastered by Paul Baily at Resound UK

Artwork by Chris Wahl

Design by Silkin Tan

Musicians
Lead vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitar and characters: Michael J Tinker

Backing vocals, guitar, bass, piano and instrument programming: nicholas alexander

Guitar on ‘First Christmas Song’: Ron Block

Intro guitar on ‘His Name is…’: Dave S. Walker

Choir on ‘He’s Here’: Stephanie Devlin, Becca Jordan and Skye Peterson

Hammered Dulcimer on ‘He’s Here’: Kirby Waggoner

Sound scape and editing of drama: nicholas alexander

A huge thanks to all the kids who answered the call to sing on ‘A Long, Long Time Ago’, ’The King Has Arrived’ and ‘King of the Nations’! Abigail, Naomi, Edward, Charles, Joanna, John, Joe, Beth, Anna, Iona, Isabelle, Nicholas, Ana, Keziah, Joshua, Adriano, Mariza, Khanya, Elly, Matthias, Benjamin and Pearl Maho.

Characters
Captain Archibald, Navigator Grumpy, Security Chief Igor, Chief Engineer Dr Von Pomplenickel, Wild Bill Mikey: Michael J Tinker

First Mate Septima and Roberta: Anna Nicholson

Michael would especially like to thank: Jo for her great ear for choral music; Eleanor, Jonathan and Benjamin for singing the songs around the house and giving me confidence that they work; all the children who have lent their voice to this recording; the families and my brothers who have tested these songs; Rhoda for taking on a mammoth task (!); Alison for allowing me to use her wonderful story ‘The First Christmas Song’ (go by the book now…); Jeremy who helped craft ‘He’s Here’ into what it is now; Kirby and Asher for taking that same song to another level; Steph, Becca and Skye for blasting it into the stratosphere!; Dave Lynch for introducing me to funk all those years ago; thank you Dad and Mum for the example you have set of faithful ministry; thank you, Lord, for the generosity of your people - it is known to you and precious.



To us a Son is given… Hallelujah!

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