Parish and School Ideas


Christmas Star


Christmas Star by John Burland is a collection of songs and narration based closely on the Scriptures that assists in retelling the events leading up to and including the birth of Jesus Christ.

Accompanying the double CD is a Music/Resource Book containing:

  • full piano accompaniment
  • guitar chords
  • Lyric masters
  • Scripture references for each song
  • narration

Also included in the Music/Resource Book are support materials developed by Educator Lisa Gossling, that offer a selection of strategies to assist in preparing and presenting Christmas Star within parish/school communities.

Track listing

  1. Overture
  2. The Promise (Part 1)
  3. The Promise (Part 2)
  4. Mary O Blessed One
  5. Joseph’s Song
  6. Walk On To Bethlehem
  7. No Room For You Tonight
  8. Jesus’ Lullaby
  9. Glory To Our God
  10. Christmas Star
  11. Halleluiah
  12. Christmas Time
  13. Christmas Is The Time
  14. Narration Background MusicInstrumental background tracks
  15. The Promise (Part 1)
  16. The Promise (Part 2)
  17. Mary O Blessed One
  18. Joseph’s Song
  19. Walk On To Bethlehem
  20. No Room For You Tonight
  21. Jesus’ Lullaby
  22. Glory To Our God
  23. Christmas Star
  24. HalleluiahDisc 2 has 22 live performance tracks retelling the Christmas Story through song and narration


Holy Week 
Holy Week is the week beginning with Palm (Passion) Sunday and ending with “Holy Saturday”. Focusing on these significant times in Jesus’ life and death provides a wonderful opportunity to develop faith in the community gathered.

Songs which link to Holy Week

Palm Sunday Hosanna! Shout Hosanna! (from John’s CD, Lord Teach Me Your Ways, track 7)
Holy Thursday – Washing of the Feet Serving Each Other (from John’s CD, Lord Teach Me Your Ways, track 8)
Holy Thursday – The Last Supper Come Do This In Memory of Me (from John’s CD, Lord Teach me Your Ways, track 9)
Good Friday – Lord By Your Cross (from John’s CD, Lord Teach Me Your Ways, track 10)

For Easter songs, please go to the Looking for a Song section of this site and then click on the Easter link.

Starting the school year 

Starting the year can be a great opportunity to establish or develop a deep sense of belonging within your school community. Have you thought of using the ‘One Family‘ as a resource to support this?

School Songs 

Track 1: We Welcome You To This Place
Track 3 Walk In Jesus’ Way
Track 4: Christ Our Light
Track 5: Our School – This Special Place

School Prayer 

Track 6: School Prayer which can be used at assemblies, school liturgies or as part of daily / weekly prayers.