Lent & Advent


Carolyn Matthews

December 17, 2022

Songs of Advent

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

(This hymn of Advent expresses a longing for Jesus’s coming. The words were written by Charles Wesley (1707 – 1788).   With meter, it has been set to a number of tunes including: HYFRYDOL (Rowland Prichard 1830))


Hebrews 1:1-12 (NRSVUE)

Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.


For to which of the angels did God ever say,

“You are my Son;
today I have begotten you”?

Or again,

“I will be his Father,
and he will be my Son”?

And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says,

“Let all God’s angels worship him.”

Of the angels he says,

“He makes his angels winds
and his servants flames of fire.”

But of the Son he says,

“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,
and the scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness;
therefore God, your God, has anointed you
with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”

10 And,

“In the beginning, Lord, you founded the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands;
11 they will perish, but you remain;
they will all wear out like clothing;
12 like a cloak you will roll them up,
and like clothing they will be changed.
But you are the same,
and your years will never end.”


Come Thou Long Expected Jesus


Come, thou long-expected Jesus,
Born to set thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us
Let us find out rest in thee.


Israel’s strength and consolation,
Hope to all the earth thou art,
Dear desire of ev’ry nation,
Joy of ev’ry longing heart.


Born thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a king;
Born to reign in us forever,
Now thy gracious kingdom bring.


By thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By thy all-sufficient merit
Raise us to thy glorious throne.