I’m excited to add this song to our services this Advent. True to its title, it speaks beautifully of the past, present, and future of our worship in Advent. Advent means “coming.” It’s that special time of the year when we remember Christ’s first coming into the world and look forward to the time when He will come again. We also praise and worship God for His Advent in our hearts now.
Here’s the original recording by Christy Nockels
Christ, whose glory fills the skies,
Christ, the everlasting Light,
The Sun of Righteousness arise,
And triumph o’er these shades of night.
Come, Thou long-awaited One,
In the fullness of Your love,
And loose this heart bound up by shame,
And I will never be the same.
So, here I wait in hope of You,
All my soul’s longing through and through.
Dayspring from on high, be near,
And Daystar in my heart appear.
Dark and cheerless is the morn,
Until Your love in me is born.
And joyless is the evening song,
Until Emmanuel has come.
Lyrics adapted from “Morning Hymn” by Charles Wesley; New Words and Music by Christy Nockels;
© copyright 2016 Sweater Weather Music; CCLI #2850991
We will probably “straighten out” the rhythms like this video to make it easier for the congregation.