Advent Planning 2016

here are some bits and bobs for your advent planning this year!

SONGS:
In my mind advent songs should  (at least) have four themes in mind.
– A focus on old testament imagery – (see “O Come Divine Messiah, Dawning Light”)
– A focus on the life of faith as a journey (See “I wonder as I wander”)
– A longing for Christ’s return, his second coming. (See “At the Name of Jesus”)
– A focus on deliverance from the present “not yet” realities – calls for justice! (See Sojourn’s “Let Justice Roll”

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Hark a Thrilling Voice is Sounding –
Love listening to these two diametrically opposed arr.’s of the same killer advent text!
Covenant Chicago // High Street Hymns

ARTICLES:

John Witvliet – “What ever happened to the second coming? & “Praying the Lord’s Prayer during Advent.”
Phil Majorins – “Sing 10 – Modern Arrangements for Advent

BITS and BOBS:

Christina Rossetti – Advent

Jacob Tilton – Psalms for Advent

The Calendar Years – Advent Album

“God has prepared for Himself one great song of praise throughout eternity, and those who enter the community of God join in this song. It is the song that the “morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy” at the creation of the world. (Job 38:7). It is the victory song of the children of Israel after passing through the Red Sea, the Magnificat of Mary after the annunciation, the song of Paul and Silas in the night of prison, the song of the singers on the sea of glass after their rescue, the “song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb” (Rev. 15:3) It is the song of the heavenly fellowship.”― Dietrich BonhoefferLife Together

Nativity Prayer of St. Augustine
Let the just rejoice,

   for their justifier is born.
Let the sick and infirm rejoice,
   For their saviour is born.
 
Let the captives rejoice,
   For their Redeemer is born.
Let slaves rejoice,
   for their Master is born.
 
Let free men rejoice,
   For their Liberator is born.
Let All Christians rejoice,
   For Jesus Christ is born.
 
–St. Augustine of Hippo (AD 354-440)

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