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When Old Zechariah Saw What God Had Done
A Hymn for the Second Sunday of Advent/Year C – December 6, 2009
MUELLER 126.96.36.199 (“Away in a Manger” PH # 25)
When old Zechariah saw what God had done,
He knew that the promised Messiah would come.
His speech was restored and his friends were amazed;
Recalling his words, we now offer God praise:
You’ve looked down with favor and rescued your own.
You’ve sent us a Savior from King David’s throne.
The prophets once told us, “It’s part of God’s plan!”
And now we behold this: We’re saved by your hand.
You keep what you promise and so we are blest;
In mercy you saved us when we were oppressed.
As Abraham heard you, we’ve heard your call too;
We’re saved, so we’ll serve you in all that we do.
We thank you, O God, that John pointed the way;
In Jesus our Lord now, we’ve seen your new day.
In Christ, the dawn brightens and death’s shadows cease;
We’ll live in your light and be guided in peace.
Biblical reference: Luke 1:57-79
Tune: James Ramsey Murray, 1887.
Text: Copyright © 2009 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
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Carolyn Winfrey Gillette is the author of Songs of Grace: New Hymns for God and Neighbor (Discipleship Resources/Upper Room Books, 2009) and Gifts of Love: New Hymns for Today’s Worship (Geneva Press, 2000) and the co-pastor of Limestone Church in Wilmington, Del.
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