||The Appearance of God's Messenger;
God's Refining, Purifying Presence
The Day of the Lord is Awesome!
|422 Jesus, Thine All
384 Love Divine, All Love's Excelling
211 O Come, O Come, Emanuel vs. 1&2 *
|Psalm 126||Almost Too Good to be True;
From Tears to Joy
|Psalter 847 resp. 2
75 All People that on Earth Do Dwell
126 Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above
|Luke 3:1-6||Prepare The Way!;
John as Herald of God's Salvation
|207 Prepare the Way of the Lord
202 People Look East
210 Toda la Tierra
|Phillipians 1:3-11||The Day of Christ;
Brought to Completion in Christ
|475 Come Down, O Love
733 Come, We that Love the Lord
732 Come, We that Love the Lord
161 Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart
160 Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart
There is general agreement among hymnologists that this is James Montgomery's finest rendering of any of the Psalms. Written for a Christmas Day convocation of Moravians in 1821, it was later read by its author at the close of a missionary meeting in a Wesleyan Chapel where Dr. Adam Clarke was presiding.
Dr. Clarke was so impressed with the excellence of Montgomery's paraphrase of Psalm 72 that he asked permission to include it in his forthcoming Commentary. It appears at the end of Dr. Clarke's exposition of Psalm 72, with the following effusive preface:
Then follows all eight of the orginal stanzas.
It is instructive to compare Montgomery's paraphrase of Psalm 72 with Isaac Watts' version of 1719 (nearly 100 years earlier): 157 Jesus Shall Reign. Montgomery has stuck less closely to the text than did Watts. Obviously Montgomery absorbed from the Psalm the essential intent of the Psalmist as he saw it and then proceeded to create his own imagery -- imagery that makes his rendition the one that is suitable for singing during Advent.
The hymn entered American Methodist hymnals in 1847. Usually the same 4 stanzas in current use have been printed. They are 1, 2, 4 and a final stanza composed of the first half of 7 and the last half of 8.
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God bless you--
Contributed by Rev. Linda K. Morgan-Clark
For a ritual to light the Advent Wreath read Antiphon 1 (opposite hymn) then sing verse 1 and refrain. Light first candle. Read Antiphon 4, sing verse 4 and refrain. Light second candle. Read Antiphon 2, sing verse 2 and refrain.
God bless you!
|Passages suggested are from The Revised Common Lectionary: Consultation on Common Texts (Abingdon Press, 1992) copyright © by the Consultation on Common Texts (CCT), P.O. Box 340003, Room 381, Nashville TN 37203-0003. Reprinted with permission of CCT.|