Advent Prayers and Hymns

2020 Advent Service from Baylor Chapel on Vimeo.

Welcome and Invitation to Pray –   Carlos Colón

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (arr. Carlos Colón)

    O come, o come, Emmanuel,

and ransom captive Israel, 

That mourns in lonely exile here

until the Son of God appear. 

    Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

    O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer

our spirits by Thine advent here;                                      

Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,

and death’s dark shadows put to flight. 

    Rejoice! Rejoice!  Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

    O come, Thou Wisdom from on high,

and order all things, far and nigh; 

To us the path of knowledge show,

and cause us in her ways to go. 

    Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

    O come, Desire of nations, bind

all peoples in one heart and mind; 

Bid envy, strife, and quarrels cease;

fill all the world with heaven’s peace. 

    Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

Praying with Psalm 80                                                             

Hear us, O Shepherd of Israel,

You who lead us like a flock;

You who are Holy and Other;

Light the way before us.

Awaken your might;

Come and save us.  Restore us, O God,

And cause your face to shine upon us.

Hymn: Restore Us, O God (Calvin University Women’s Choral – published by GIA Music)

Prayers of Confession and Longing    

(singing) Restore us, O God ;  cause Thy face to shine on us;

Restore us, O God, that we may be saved.

Merciful One, we are sinful.  We have hurt you and one another and our world.  We have wandered from your path, we have listened to lesser truths, we have committed ourselves to our own agendas.  Forgive us, Lord . . . restore us..

(singing) Restore us, O God ;  cause Thy face to shine on us;

Restore us, O God, that we may be saved.

      Compassionate One, we are broken.  Our limitations are ever before us . . . our weaknesses are always with us.  We are frail creatures of dust.  We are wounded in so many ways and we cry.  Heal us, Lord . . . restore us. (singing) Restore Us, O God . ..

       Living One, we are longing.  We are hungry and thirsty for your righteousness.  Deep within we know our home to be in you, but we are lost. We wander in this world and are lost.  Find us, Lord . . . restore us. (singing) Restore Us, O God . . .

Remembering the Words of Isaiah   

Come. Let us go up to the mountain of the Lord.  He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.

He will judge between nations. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.  Nation will not take up sword against nation, and they will study war no more.

A shoot will come forth from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.

And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.

The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf and the lion together, and a little child shall lead them.

The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.

They will enter Zion with singing; gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

The Lord will give you a sign. Behold, a virgin shall conceiveand bear a son,

and shall call his name Emmanuel.

People of Sion  (Composed by Carlos Colón)

New Testament Reading        

        From the Gospel of John                                     From Colossians

In the beginning was the Word.              He is before all things.

The Word was with God . . . is God.                        In Him all things hold together.

In Him was life.                                     All things were created by and for him.

The Word became flesh.                                    God’s fullness dwelt in him.

He was in the world.                                             To reconcile all things.

2 Minute Reflection by Burt

Evening prayer: O Gladsome Light (Calvin University’s Capella Choir – Dr. Pearl Shangkuan, Director)

Lyrics: Third Century Greek Candle Lighting Hymn Music: Carlos Colón (Published by GIA Music)

O Gladsome Light of the holy glory, of the immortal Father:

Heavenly blessed, Jesus Christ.

Now, that we have come to the setting of the sun,

And we behold the light of the evening.

     We praise the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;

It is right, at all times, to worship Thee with songs of praise:

O Son of God, and giver of life.

Therefore, all the world glorifies Thee.

Dostoevsky for Our Time

The world has proclaimed the reign of freedom, especially of late, but what do we see in this freedom of theirs? Nothing but slavery and self-destruction!  For the world says: “You have desires and so satisfy them, for you have the same rights as the most rich and powerful. Don’t be afraid of satisfying them and even multiply your desires.” That is the modern doctrine of the world. In that they see freedom. And what follows from this right of multiplication of desires? In the rich, isolation and spiritual suicide; in the poor, envy and murder; for they have been given rights, but have not been shown the means of satisfying their wants. They maintain that the world is getting more and more united, more and more bound together in brotherly community, as it overcomes distance and sets thoughts flying through the air.

“Look at the worldly and all who set themselves up above the people of God, has not God’s image and His truth been distorted in them? They have science; but in science there is nothing but what is the object of sense. The spiritual world, the higher part of man’s being is rejected altogether, dismissed with a sort of triumph, even with hatred. 

Alas, put no faith in such a bond of union. Interpreting freedom as the multiplication and rapid satisfaction of desires, men distort their own nature, for many senseless and foolish desires and habits and ridiculous fancies are fostered in them. They live only for mutual envy, for luxury and ostentation. To have dinners, visits, carriages, rank and slaves to wait on one is looked upon as a necessity, for which life, honor and human feeling are sacrificed, and men even commit suicide if they are unable to satisfy it. We see the same thing among those who are not rich, while the poor drown their unsatisfied need and their envy in drunkenness. But soon they will drink blood instead of wine, they are being led on to it. I ask you is such a man free? I knew one “champion of freedom” who told me himself that, when he was deprived of tobacco in prison, he was so wretched at the privation that he almost went and betrayed his cause for the sake of getting tobacco again! And such a man says, “I am fighting for the cause of humanity.” How can such a one fight?” Father Zossima in the Brothers Karamazov


Prayers for / Oraciones por Chalchuapa

Friends, please pray for my village of Chalchuapa, El Salvador. They are under complete shutdown, and the town has been sealed due to a surge of Covid 19 cases. They did a testing blitz of 600 random volunteers on Wednesday, and 159 (over 27%) tested positive. More cases, 110, also today. No one in, no one out. The population in the municipio (county) is about 20,000. This would be like if McLennan county (where Waco is) was reporting over 1,000 cases a day!