Songs and Scenes: Advent 12.04.16


December 4th was the second Sunday of Advent 2016. Advent (which means “coming” or “arrival”) is a season where the church remembers Christ’s first coming and anticipates his promised return It is a season characterized by prayer, quiet waiting and joyful expectation.

This post reviews the songs from the second Sunday of Advent. We’ve included a link to a Spotify playlist of Sunday’s songs (when available) so you can enjoy listening to them throughout your week. This week’s liturgy recap features photos by Andrew Herndon.


1. Call to Worship: Micah 5 (reading adapted from Sojourn Community Church)

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
from ancient times.”

Therefore Israel will be abandoned
until the time when she who is in labor bears a son,
and the rest of his brothers return
to join the Israelites.

He will stand and shepherd his flock
in the strength of the Lord,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they will live securely, for then his greatness
will reach to the ends of the earth.
And he will be our peace…


2. O Come, O Come Emmanuel – LM 88 88 (Veni Emmanuel), Words: Latin (12th century), Tune: “Processionale” (15th century), Adaptation: Thomas Helmore (1854), Adapted from an arrangement by Kim Walker-Smith

O come, Desire of nations, bind
all peoples in one heart and mind;
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself our King of Peace.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.


3. Scripture Reading: Based on Isaiah 61 & 9

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me,
for the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor,
and to comfort the brokenhearted.

All: This is the Christ, our God and Lord.

He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released
and prisoners will be freed.
He has sent me to tell those who mourn
that the time of the LORD’s favor has come.

All: This is the Christ, our God and Lord.

To all who mourn…
he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
festive praise instead of despair.

All: This is the Christ, our God and Lord.

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.


4. This is The Christ – Words: Martin Luther (1535), Translation: Catherine Winkworth (1855), Music: Sandra McCracken

Good news from heav’n the angels bring
Glad tidings to the earth they sing:
To us this day a child is giv’n,
To crown us with the joy of heav’n.

This is the Christ, our God and Lord,
Who in all need shall aid afford;
He will Himself our Saviour be,
From all our sins to set us free.


5. Prayer of Lament (adapted from the Worship Sourcebook)

Heavenly Father,

We long for the coming of your kingdom in Jesus Christ, our Lord. The signs that your kingdom has not come sadden us.

Sin, death, and suffering are all around us, and for them we cry…

All: Restore us, Oh Lord.

For those who suffer disease of the body and mind, we cry…

All: Restore us, Oh Lord.

For those who suffer violence, injustice, and oppression, we cry…

All: Restore us, Oh Lord.

For those who have lost loved ones,
or whose family has been torn apart by sin, we cry…

All: Restore us, Oh Lord.

For those who have broken and unreconciled relationships, we cry…

All: Restore us, Oh Lord.

Lord Jesus, we long for your return when you will lift up the brokenhearted and restore peace. In this Advent seasons, give us a deeper understanding of the hope we have beyond this world.
Prepare our hearts. Pierce our souls with longing. Open our eyes to your coming kingdom. Comfort those who are mourning. Help your church cling to the promise of Christ’s return, when your light will cast out all darkness forever.

All: Come quickly, Lord. Amen.


6. New Song: Psalm 126 by Isaac Wardell

Although we are weeping
Lord, help us keep sowing
The seeds of Your Kingdom
For the day You will reap them
Your sheaves we will carry
Lord, please do not tarry
All those who sow weeping
will go out with songs of joy


7. Words of Assurance: Based on Isaiah 35

The wilderness and desert will be glad in those days.
The wasteland will rejoice and blossom with spring crocuses.
There the LORD will display his glory,
the splendor of our God.

All: A day, a day of glory!

With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands,
and encourage those who have weak knees.
Say to those with fearful hearts,
“Be strong, and do not fear,
for your God is coming to save you.”

All: A day, a day of glory!

And when he comes, he will open the eyes of the blind
and unplug the ears of the deaf.
The lame will leap like a deer,
and those who cannot speak will sing for joy!

All: A day, a day of glory!

Those who have been ransomed by the LORD
will return with singing,
crowned with everlasting joy.
Sorrow and mourning will disappear,
and they will be filled with joy and gladness.


8. A Day of Glory by Chris Collins, Justin Cofield, Aaron Ivey, Matt Carter (based on hymn text by John M. Neale)

Austin Stone church provided a helpful explanation of the theological roots of this new song. Here’s an excerpt.

We reflect on Christ’s coming as a day when God’s glorious light pierced the gloomy darkness (Isaiah 60:1-6), and we also look forward to His return as a future day of glory when He will make all things new (Revelation 21:5-6). The lyrics of the song “Day of Glory” cause us to reflect on the glorious reality of Christ’s coming and to direct our hearts toward the future day of glory when we will behold our great King in the fullness of His majesty.

A day, a day of promise,
a hope to end our woe
A day that tells of triumph
against our vanquished foe

In flesh His entrance humble,
the swaddling clothes His robe
The meek displayed in power,
the Prince of Peace now known

Let angels shout the triumph
as mortals raise their voice,
“Behold the Son of heav’n and earth,
the King of Kings is born!”


9. We Will Feast in the House of Zion by Sandra McCracken and Josh Moore

We will feast in the house of Zion
We will sing with our hearts restored
He has done great things, we will say together
We will feast and weep no more

Every vow we’ve broken and betrayed
You are the Faithful one
And from the garden to the grave
Bind us together, bring shalom.


Music Team for December 4, 2016:

David Clarke: Vocals
Jamin Hill: Piano
AnDrea Jackson: Vocals
Scott Johnson: Vocals & Electric Guitar
Sharanya Kumar: Viola
Britney McMurry: Violin
Justin Schilb: Violin
Jeff Schaefer: Bass
Guimel Sibingo: Vocals
Stephen Varner: Drums

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