Advent Lessons and Carols | December 2

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Advent Yearning

A note from Choir Member Erica Davis for the First Sunday of Advent

We do not like to wait. We have become increasingly used to instant gratification. Need it tomorrow? Just ask for overnight shipping. Don’t want to wait in line for coffee? Use an app and have it ready to pick up at the drive-thru window.  

The season of Advent is all about waiting, and the longer we wait, the more we yearn for the waiting to be over. When Isaiah was prophesying to the Hebrew people in  the 8th century BC, he understood yearning. The people of Judah yearned to be free from the Babylonians. They yearned for the nation of Israel to be restored.Their exile lasted 70 years!  Could you wait 70 years for the Messiah?

Isaiah’s prophecies about the longed for Messiah are the basis for our service of Advent Lessons and Carols this evening. The service, which is based on a service used at Salisbury Cathedral, demonstrates through lessons from both the Old and New Testaments, as well as through music, how Jesus was the Messiah for whom the people yearned.

The final verse of Hymn 516 (Come down, O Love divine) expresses the yearning of Advent beautifully:

     And so the yearning strong, with which the soul will long,

     shall far out-pass the power of human telling; 

     for none can guess its grace, till Love create a place

     wherein the Holy Spirit makes a dwelling.

Please join us for Advent Lessons and Carols this Sunday December 2 at 5:00 PM. Listen to Isaiah’s words as he attempts to describe the Messiah using the power of human telling. Let the music help move you to a deeper understanding of those words. Add your voice to all those throughout the ages who have cried out, “O come, O come, Emmanuel”. O come, God, be with us.

Fr. Steve Rice