Come and Gather at the Stable

Come and Gather, at the Stable – Tune Beach Spring

Come and gather, at the stable

They have journeyed far from home

Mary, Joseph, young and able

Travelled ways as yet unknown

With a dream of untold promise

That great things would come to pass

In the sureness of God’s blessing

They found peace and rest as last.


Come and gather, round the manger

Where the Christ child gently lays.

Open up our hearts to wonder

At the glory of that day.

Visit him with thanks and promise,

Peace and hope and love and joy

Take them daily into living

Wrapped up in a baby boy.


Come and gather, at the table

Where we seek him once again

Let us enter into mystery

Needed now as much as then.

In the breaking of the sweet bread

In the pouring of the wine,

We meet him again among us

With a love so dear, divine.


Come and gather, in his footsteps

We will tread where he once went

With the lost and lonely people

Now to them we’re also sent

Loving, working, tending, caring

In our Saviour’s name we pray

In our work and in our worship

We find hope in every day.


© Catherine MacDonald 2005


I wrote this after being frustrated by the lack of Christmas Eve communion hymns.



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