Hymns

Light a candle for Jesus the King

Light a candle for Jesus the King.
Lift up your voice today and joyfully sing.
He’ll come in majesty, salvation to bring:
he’ll come for everyone, so welcome him,
watch for him,
wait for him.
Light a candle for Jesus the King.
Joyfully sing.

Light a candle for hearing God’s word.
The prophets shout and sing of freedom conferred.
Good news for those in pain: your cries have been heard.
Good news for everyone: let spirits be stirred,
sight be unblurred,
justice be spurred.
Light a candle for hearing God’s word.
Freedom conferred.

Light a candle for starting anew.
Repent and turn again and give God his due.
Made one in baptism: John’s witness is true;
made one with everyone: God washes us through,
Gentile and Jew,
me and you.
Light a candle for starting anew.
Give God his due.

Light a candle for doing God’s will.
As Mary trusted God, come trust in him still.
Her song’s for hungry ones God’s promised to fill;
her song’s for everyone, God’s truth to instil,
purpose fulfil –
peace and goodwill.
Light a candle for doing God’s will.
Trust in him still.

Tune: Carol of the Drum (Little Drummer Boy).
To be sung progressively through Advent: sing only the first verse on Advent Sunday, then add a verse each subsequent Sunday.
On Christmas Day, this two-verse version may be used instead:

Advent candles, all four alight:
their flames that speak of hope now burning bright.
A sign for those who’ve tried to follow aright;
a sign for everyone: God’s giving back sight,
banishing night,
bringing delight.
Advent candles, all four alight,
burning bright.

Light a candle for Christmas Day.
We welcome you, Christ Jesus, with us to stay.
You’re born in Bethlehem, the angels now say;
you’re born for everyone, our debt to repay.
Teach us to pray,
help us obey.
Light a candle for Christmas Day.
With us to stay.

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