The Presbyterian Outlook commissioned Presbyterian hymn writer, Carolyn Winfrey Gillette to compose Advent hymns set to familiar Christmas tunes and other well-loved hymns.
Your hymn purchase includes downloads of a PDF of the lyrics scored with the music for a half-page regular sheet of paper, a second PDF of the lyrics scored with music for a half-page of legal-sized paper (large print) and a document with lyrics only. You have permission to print as many copies as needed for your use.
Advent wreath hymn
“The Candle of Hope” is a new hymn that is not geared to the lectionary passages. This new hymn follows the themes of each of the Sundays in Advent: Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. If you light Advent candles as part of your worship during the season, then this hymn is ideal!
The words are set to the familiar tune of “O Worship the King, All Glorious Above.”
The Candle of Hope (preview of full hymn text)
“The candle of hope we light in this hour,
proclaims that the Lord is coming in power.
We wait for a future, now hidden from view,
when Christ in his glory will make all things new.”
LYONS 10.10.11.11 (“O Worship the King, All Glorious Above”)
Hope: Matt. 24:36–44, Mark 13:24–37; Peace: Isa. 11:1–10, Luke 1:68–79, Isa. 2:4; Joy: Luke 1 46b–55; Love: John 3:16–17, Luke 1:26–38, Matt. 1:18–25; Christ: Luke 2:1–20, John 1:1–14, Titus 3:4–7
New Advent C hymns for 2018
Carolyn has penned new hymns for 2018 based on the Year C lectionary texts! These hymns are sung to familiar tunes. After purchase, you will receive a master PDF with musical score and can print as many copies as you need. Hymns are just $10 per Sunday.
Package deal of 5 new hymns for $50. (Click here to purchase)
- Prophets Told Us, “Pay Attention!” (Advent 1C)
- O God of Peace, You Sent Us John (Advent 2C)
- John Proclaimed, “Change Your Lives!” (Advent 3C)
- My Soul Proclaims That God is Good (Advent 4C)
- When Mary and Joseph Sought Safety and Shelter (Christmas C)
December 2, 2018 / Advent 1C
December 9, 2018 / Advent 2C
December 16, 2018 / Advent 3C
John Proclaimed, “Change Your Lives!” (preview of full hymn text) — New for 2018!
PERSONENT HODIE 188.8.131.52.6 with Refrain (“On This Day Earth Shall Ring”)
Alternative tune: MENDELSSOHN 184.108.40.206.7.7 with Refrain (“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”)
Purchase (includes both tunes)
December 23, 2018 / Advent 4C
Blue Christmas/Longest Night
How Can We Sing a Joyful Song? (free download)
O WALY WALY 220.127.116.11 (“Though I May Speak”)
A hymn for a Blue Christmas service.
December 24-25, 2018 / Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
December 30, 2018 / Christmas 1C