First Sunday of Advent Year B
When Nations Turn Toward Trouble
LLANGLOFFAN 188.8.131.52 D (“Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers”)
When nations turn toward trouble and hope seems all but gone,
When threats and conflicts double, what can we count upon?
When truth becomes distorted and love is pushed aside
When hatred is supported, God, open heaven wide!
Tear open wide your heavens; bring down your mighty throne!
Shake up the highest mountains and make your presence known—
Till justice flows like water, till rulers humbly pray,
Till all know you’re the potter, till all know we are clay.
Christ, may we learn the lesson that you are coming here,
For just as fig trees blossom we know that summer’s near.
Like guards remaining watchful all night, until the dawn,
May we who love the gospel find strength to carry on.
May Christians march for justice, may peace prayers fill the streets,
May churches put in practice the Christ-like ways we teach,
May we oppose what’s hateful and stand for what is true—
And so may we be watchful as we wait here for you.
Biblical References: Isaiah 64:1-9 and Mark 13:24-37
Tune: Traditional Welsh melody, from Daniel Evans’ Hymnau a Thonau (Hymns and Tunes), 1865.
Text: Copyright © 2017 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.