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“Behold,” Said God, “I’m Sending One” (hymn preview)

Second Sunday of Advent – Year C

“Behold,” Said God, “I’m Sending One”
WINCHESTER OLD CM (“While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks”)

“Behold,” said God, “I’m sending one
who shall prepare my way.
My messenger will make me known,
But who can bear that day?”

For when he comes, old ways will die;
We’ll change what we have been.
Like fire or soap he’ll purify
And cleanse us from our sin.

We wonder, Lord: what needs to change?
What sins do we hold dear?
What values should we rearrange?
What judgments should we hear?

May we be open to the ways
You cleanse and make us new;
And may we in these Advent days
Be glad to welcome you.

Biblical Reference: Malachi 3:1-4
Tune: Este’s Psalmes, 1592
Text: Copyright © 2012 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.

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