We leave David in his newly established capital having transferred the religious centre to Jerusalem to consolidate his rule and now turn to some new, possibly, to you Advent hymns. We hope that by looking at these now they may help refresh worship in the Advent season.
Over the time we’ve been producing the Daily Devotions we have, from time to time, reflected on hymns from the Reformed Tradition, on Advent and Christmas hymns as well as Eastertide material. We thought we’d take a different approach and look at some, possibly, new to you Advent hymns early on and hope they may help in local churches that might be looking for different material this advent. Producing these in November may seem odd but we think the hymns are worth looking at any point of the year and, this way, they may inspire those who plan worship for Advent.
We will look at:
Hills of the North Rejoice – not at all new but, curiously, omitted from Rejoice and Sing Light of the World, You Stepped Down into Darkness – a newer song, from the evangelical tradition, by Tim Hughes. Praise to the God who Clears the Way – a newer song by the Rev’d Jan Berry, one of our own ministers. Come and See the Shining Hope – a song by Bishop Christopher Idle set to the very jolly tune Marching Through Georgia Comfort, Comfort Now My People – a hymn based on Isaiah 40 coming from the 16th Century and set to one of the better tunes from Calvin’s Geneva which infuriated Queen Elizabeth I. The tune is tricky but very worthwhile learning. When Out of Poverty Is Born – a lovely hymn by Church of Scotland minister Kathy Galloway.
Each day we will produce the words of the song and either give a link to the song being sung or to the tune it is set to. Copyright information will be included and well as where to find the song in hymnbooks.
We hope you enjoy this little break from the David saga.
with every good wish
Coordinator, Daily Devotions from the URC Project