A Canticle for Advent: Wonders of His Love

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Joy to the World, the Lord has come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

Joy to the World, the Lord has come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

20 Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. 21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. 22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
John 16: 20-22, 33

Let every heart prepare Him room for the wonders of His love.  He has come to turn our grief to a joy that no one will take away.
It is no longer “we will overcome” but “we are overcome”  with truth and grace.

 

A Canticle for Advent: Our Hearts Raise

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wlc52013Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plain
and the mountains in reply
echoing their glorious strain.

    • Refrain:
      Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
      Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heav’nly song

Come to Bethlehem and see
Christ Whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.

Come to Bethlehem and see
Christ Whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.

See Him in a manger laid,
Whom the choirs of angels praise;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
While our hearts in love we raise.
~Traditional French carol

They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
Luke 24:32

Our hearts are raised, lifted by the love of a God who comes into our arms to be rocked and fed, and who dies with His arms outstretched in invitation to salvation.
Our hearts burn within us at the knowledge of who He is,  what it means that He has walked among us, and what that means for eternity.

 

A Canticle for Advent: Word In Flesh Appearing

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O come all ye faithful joyful and triumphant
Oh come ye O come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold him born the King of angels;
O come let us adore him Christ the Lord.

God of God light of light
Lo he abhors not the virgin’s womb;
Very God begotten not created:
O come let us adore him Christ the Lord.

Sing choirs of angels sing in exultation
Sing all ye citizens of heaven above;
Glory to God in the highest:
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

See how the shepherds summoned to his cradle,
Leaving their flocks, draw nigh with lowly fear;
We too will thither hend our joyful footsteps;
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning;
Jesus, to thee be glory given;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing:
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14

A Canticle for Advent: How Great Our Joy

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  1. While by the sheep we watched at night,
    Glad tidings brought an angel bright.

    • Refrain:
      How great our joy! Great our joy!
      Joy, joy, joy! Joy, joy, joy!
      Praise we the Lord in heav’n on high!
      Praise we the Lord in heav’n on high!
  2. There shall be born, so He did say,
    In Bethlehem a Child today.
  3. There shall the Child lie in a stall,
    This Child who shall redeem us all.
  4. This gift of God we’ll cherish well,
    That ever joy our hearts shall fill.
    ~traditional German carol

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
3 John 1:4

A Canticle for Advent: The Grateful Earth Rejoiced

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When blossoms flower amid the snows upon a winter night,
Was born the Child, the Christmas Rose, the King of love and light.
The angels sang. The shepherds sang. The grateful earth rejoiced.
And at His blessed birth, the stars their exultation voiced.
O come, let us adore Him.
O come, let us adore Him.
O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!
Again the heart with rapture glows to greet the holy night
That gave the world the Christmas Rose, the King of love and light.
Let every voice acclaim His name, the grateful chorus swell!
From paradise to earth He came that we with Him might dwell.
O come, let us adore Him.
O come, let us adore Him.
O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!
Was born the Child, the Christmas Rose, the King of
love and light.
King of love and light.
~Pietro Yon 1917

 

 

A Canticle for Advent: A Need for Peace

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The city’s decorated up for Christmas
All the stores are open late tonight
People hurry through the frozen streets
I take a walk

Every child has a thousand wishes
Every window has a thousand lights
Every soul has a need for peace
I take a walk

There’s a star that still outshines the night
You can find it if you close your eyes
And see the light

Take a walk through Bethlehem
Come and kneel before the Lamb
Good news for every man
Walk though Bethlehem

Every night another tv special
Merchants counting down the shopping days
But something’s missing underneath the tree
I take a walk

‘Cause every heart longs for more than tinsel
Something more than just a holiday
Come and celebrate the baby King
Let’s take a walk

You don’t have to travel anywhere
Faith and hope and love will bring you there
Bring you there

Take a walk (take a walk) through Bethlehem
Come and kneel (come and kneel) before the Lamb
Good news for every man
Walk though Bethlehem

Take a walk (take a walk) through Bethlehem
Come and kneel (come and kneel) before the Lamb
Good news (good news) for every man
Walk though Bethlehem

Take a walk (take a walk) through Bethlehem
Come and kneel (come and kneel) before the Lamb
Good news for every man
Walk though Bethlehem

Take a walk (take a walk) through Bethlehem
Come and kneel (come and kneel) before the Lamb
Good news (good news) for every man
Walk though Bethlehem

Take a walk (take a walk) through Bethlehem
Come and kneel (come and kneel) before the Lamb
Good news (good news) for every man
Walk though Bethlehem
~Trisha Yearwood

A Canticle for Advent: Everything is Going to Change

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After the angel’s song
Everyone held their breath
As the darkness rushed back in upon those shepherd boys
Staring into the night
Climbing up off their knees
With their hearts on fire, they were trembling with fear and joy

Gloria, Gloria!
It was a choir of angels singing
The shepherd’s ears were ringing
They were ringing with
Gloria, Gloria!
Now everything is going to change
Christ the Lord is born today

Racing down from the hills
Running like children run
Reckless and wild with a song that made them young again
As the field beneath their feet
Turned into city streets
They were crying out have you heard, have you heard oh Bethlehem?!

Gloria, Gloria!
It was a choir of angels singing
The shepherd’s ears were ringing
They were ringing with
Gloria, Gloria!
Now everything is going to change
Christ the Lord is born today

In a land under the rule
Of the priests and kings
Only shepherds heard the song
That the angels sing
The humble are the keepers of the secrets of the Kingdom that is coming
With a song that will break upon the world like 10,000 horses running

Gloria, Gloria!
The shepherds they were singing
Now all our ears are ringing
They’re still ringing with
Gloria, Gloria!
Now everything is going to change
Christ the Lord is born today
Gloria, glory to God, glory to God!
Gloria, glory to God, glory to God
In excelsis Deo

One day he’ll come again
To bring us a brand new song
But till then we’ll sing along with those shepherd boys
~Jason Gray

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.

Luke 2: 13-16

Reckless and wild with a song that made them young again!  That is how the “Gloria” should be to each of us!  We race to see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.
We meet together in worship today in the knowledge we are all welcomed and the song of invitation will never end.