Hymns

The days are surely coming

“The days are surely coming,”
the prophet’s words proclaim:
“A ruler for my people
to set them free from blame.
‘The Lord is our righteousness’ –
yes, this shall be their name.”
Light a candle for God who keeps his word.
Hope is stirred!
Light a candle for God who keeps his word.

Behold, I’ll send my messenger
to make a ready road;
the herald of God’s loyalty
will come to his abode.
He’ll cleanse you with a purity
that sin cannot erode.”
Light a candle for God who sets us free.
Love’s decree!
Light a candle for God who sets us free.

Now let your song be unconfined,
you people of God’s choice;
God will protect and gather you,
so listen to his voice:
“The Lord, your God, is in your midst” –
with all your heart, rejoice!
Light a candle for God who’ll save and shield.
Peace revealed!
Light a candle for God who’ll save and shield.

O Bethlehem of Judah,
your story now is told:
from you, God’s promised ruler comes,
his origin of old.
And he shall stand and feed his flock
secure within his fold.
Light a candle for God who holds our lives.
Joy arrives!
Light a candle for God who holds our lives.

The candles burn, all four alight,
the day at last is come.
The Saviour’s birth we celebrate;
let fear and gloom be gone.
For hope and love and peace and joy
belong to everyone.
Light a candle for Jesus Christ our King.
Welcome him!
Light a candle for Jesus Christ our King.

Tune: God rest you merry, gentlemen
For use progressively through Advent: sing only the first verse on Advent Sunday, then add a verse each Sunday. The fifth verse is added on Christmas Day.
Scripture references: Jeremiah 33.14-16; Malachi 3.1-4; Zephaniah 3.14-20; Micah 5.2-5a

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