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If you were unable to attend the Advent Lessons and Carols service on Friday evening December 8, 2017, here is a 90 minute audio that may give you some sense of the powerful readings, meditative prayers and music of hope.

Advent Lessons and Carols

Friday, December 8, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Processional Hymn: “Creator of the Stars of Night” (arr. Browning)                      [All Stand]

  1. Creator of the stars of night, your people’s everlasting light,

                O Christ, redeemer of us all, we pray you hear us when we call.

  1. In sorrow that the ancient curse should doom to death a universe,

     You came, O Savior to set free your own in glorious liberty.

  1. When this old world drew on toward night, you came, but not in splendor bright;

      Not as a monarch but the child of Mary, blameless mother mild.

  1. At your great Name, O Jesus, now all knees must bend, all hearts must bow;

      All things on earth with one accord, like those in heav’n shall call you Lord.

  1. Come in your holy might, we pray, redeem us for eternal day;

     Defend us while we dwell below from all assaults of our dread foe.

  1. To God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit, Three in One,

     Praise, honor, might, and glory be from age to age eternally.

“Creator of the Stars of Night” Verse text, ©1985, The Church Pension Fund. Used with permission. Arrangement ©2004 by GIA Publications, Inc., Reprinted A-702324.

Opening Greeting and Prayer

Reading One: Isaiah 2: 1-5 [All Sit]

Anthem: “Lo, In the Time Appointed” (Willan)

             Lo, in the time appointed the Lord will come, the mountains and hills will break forth

             in singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands; for the Lord God shall   

             come into his everlasting kingdom and upon the throne of David he shall reign        

             forever.   Alleluia.

Prayer [All Stand]

Reading Two: Isaiah 25: 6-10a [All Sit]

Song: Lux Mundi (Thomson)

Lux Mundi, tenebras dissipa, et corda nostra illumine.

(Light of the world, scatter the darkness, and shed your light within our hearts.)

  1. Where there is hatred and ignorance: bring your love and light.
  2. Where there is hunger and unquenched thirst: be our bread and wine of peace.
  3. Where lack of faith and doubt prevail: be our hope and source of strength.
  4. Where there is anger and violence: bring your peace and bring your love.
  5. Where apathy and indifference reign: bring compassion and true concern.

Music : Trevor Thomson.  Copyright © 2014, Published by World Library Publications.  Reprinted under U2377.  All rights reserved.

Prayer [All Stand]

Reading Three: Isaiah 40: 1-11 [All Sit]

Hymn: “Comfort, Comfort, O My People” (Hymnal #326) [All Stand]


Reading Four: Matthew 3: 1-12 [All Sit]

Anthem:   “There Shall a Star Come Out of Jacob” (Mendelssohn)

There shall a Star from Jacob come forth, and a Scepter from Israel rise up, and a dash  in pieces, princes and nations.   As bright the star of morning gleams, so Jesus sheddeth glorious beams of light and consolation!  Thy Word, O LORD, radiance darting, truth  imparting, gives salvation; Thine be praise and adoration!

Prayer [All Stand]

Reading Five: James 5: 7-10 [All Sit]

Song: “The King Shall Come” (Cosas)     

  1. The King shall come when morning dawns and light triumphant breaks, when beauty gilds the eastern hills and life to joy awakes.
  2. Not as of old a little child, to suffer and to die, but crowned with glory like the sun that lights the morning sky.

Refrain:        O come, King of Kings, come, O Lord of Light, come, Emmanuel, come!

  1. The King shall come when morning dawns, and earth's dark night is past:

                   O haste the rising of that morn, the day that aye shall last.

  1. And let the endless bliss begin, by weary saints foretold, when right shall  triumph over wrong, and truth shall be extolled.

Refrain:        O come, King of Kings, come, O Lord of Light, come, Emmanuel, come!

  1. The King shall come when morning dawns, and light and beauty brings;  "Hail, Christ the Lord!" Your people pray, come quickly, King of Kings!

Prayer [All Stand]

Reading Six: Isaiah 35: 1-10                                                                                 [All Sit]

Anthem: Rorate Caeli (Proulx)

            Refrain:  Rorate caeli de super et nubes pluant justum.

            (O Lord, Your anger keep from us and remember no longer our sins and transgressions.)

  1. Lo, the city of the Lord has become a desert; Zion now a forsaken land, Jerusalem now is desolate, and the holy place of Your sanctification, the place of Your glory, where our ancestors sang Your praise in their own day.

Refrain: Rorate caeli de super et nubes pluant justum. (O Lord, Your anger keep from us and remember no longer our sins and transgressions.)

  1. Now be comforted, now be comforted, my people; for most quickly comes your salvation. Why then are you all consumed with grief, So that your sorrowing has transformed you?  I come to you, do not be afraid. Do you not know that I am your Lord and God, come to save, the most Holy One of Israel.

Refrain: Rorate caeli de super et nubes pluant justum.  (O Lord, Your anger keep from us and remember no longer our sins and transgressions.)


Prayer [All Stand]

Reading Seven: Luke 1: 26-38 [All Sit]

Song: “Behold” (Kauffman)

  1. My soul magnifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices in my Savior. He looks at me with

     kindness as with holy eyes of blindness, and all will call me blessed.

  1. Compassion inhabits those who fear him. He has done great things with his arm.

     Scattered the proud, rulers all brought down, and He has lifted the humble.

  1. He has filled the hungry with good things, and sent away the selfish empty handed.

     He has helped his servant, in remembrance of his mercy; and He has kept his promise.

Interpretation & Music by David Kauffman, Arr. By William Gokelman. Copyright ©2003 GIFTSMUSIC Publishing Co. (BMI). Used with permission.

Prayer [All Stand]

Reading Eight: Matthew 1: 1-17 [All Sit]

Hymn: “Come, O Long Expected Jesus” (Hymnal #323) [All Stand]


Reading Nine: Luke 2: 1-14 [All Sit]

Anthem:  “To the Whole World” (Long)

  1. To the whole world come tidings of great joy; the Virgin Mary bore a baby boy; with hay, hid from danger, laid in a manger, Son of God, the Most High.
  2. The Virgin Mary asked of God Most High. How shall I clothe him, this my baby       boy?  You, O King of Heaven, what shall I be given to complete this, my joy?
  3. Then came three kings out of eastern lands, off’ring the rarest gifts there in their hands, falling down before him, they bow and adore him, Jesus, God now made man!
  4. And how the stars in heaven brightly shine, while angels come with praise and joy entwined; they sing to the mother of our heav’nly brother; joy for all of mankind!

Prayer [All Stand]

Blessing and Dismissal

Recessional Song: “O Come, Divine Messiah” (Hymnal #333)