The Fourth Sunday of Advent: December 18, 2011

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December 18 marked the fourth Sunday of Advent 2011. Advent (which means “coming” or “arrival”) gives us an opportunity to reflect both on the story surrounding Christ’s birth as well as his promised return.

During Advent we remember Israel’s wait. “How long,” they asked, “until our promised Messiah comes to deliver his people?”

We, too, expect Christ’s arrival. The Messiah left heaven to be born a?poor infant, die our death and rise again. He promises to return in glory.

During Advent we yearn. We join the church’s ancient song, “How long until you come again to make all things new?”

We also prepare. In the midst of crowded days, we make room for our Redeemer, Restorer, Savior.

Wait. Expect. Yearn. Prepare. Jesus Christ “breaks into the darkness of our lives, bringing newness, life and hope.”

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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 Phil Wickham

O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer
our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
and death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

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Day of Christ by Andrew Camp, Christine Cover, David A. Cover, & Andrew Luley

“Day of Christ” is a song from The Crossing Music’s new album The Shore. Several songs on the album highlight the saints’ anticipation of Jesus Christ’s second advent.

Wading through the darkened tide,
waiting for this curse to die;
Day of Christ, arise on us,
illuminate Your promise.

We wait, we watch, we long for Your kingdom!
We wait, we watch, we long for You, Jesus.

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

All hail, thou noble guest this morn
whose love did not the sinner scorn.
In my distress thou come’st to me
what thanks shall i return to thee?

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.

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What Child is This – Words: William Dix (1865), Music: 16th Century English melody, Arrangement: The Crossing Music

What Child is this who, laid to rest
On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing;
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

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Hail to the Lord’s Anointed – Words: James Montgomery (1821), Music: Vito Aiuto (2008)

Hail to the Lord’s anointed,
great David’s greater Son!
Hail in the time appointed,

His reign on earth begun!
He comes to break oppression,

to set the captive free;
To take away transgression

and rule in equity.

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O Come Let Us Adore Him – Music: Irregular (Adeste Fiedeles), Arrangement: Matt Redman

O come, let us adore Him.
O come, let us adore Him.
O come, let us adore Him,
Chirst, the Lord!

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Joy to the World (Unspeakable Joy) – Words: Isaac Watts (1719) (based on Psalm 98), Music: ANTIOCH C.M.rep. George Frederick Handel (1742), Arr. Lowell Mason (1836), Arr. and Additional Chorus by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash and Matt Gilder.

Joy to the world, the Lord is 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.

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Music and Tech Team for December 18, 2011:

Lacey Burrell – vocals
Andrew Camp – bass, vocals
David Cover – electric and acoustic guitars, vocals
Rhett Johnson – electric and acoustic guitars, six-string banjo
Scott Johnson – rhodes, keyboard, vocals
Jeff Myers – vocals
Andrew Luley – drums
Brynne Whittaker – vocals, glockenspiel

Kameron Bong – stagehand
Josh Burrell – light and media coordinator
Addison Hawkins – sound
Ken Kroll – lights

Photos courtesy of Scott Patrick Myers.

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The Crossing Music’s latest album, The Shore is now available for purchase at The Crossing’s bookstore and as a download at crossingsongs.com.

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