First Sunday of Advent Year C
Prophets Told Us, “Pay Attention!”
REGENT SQUARE 188.8.131.52.8.7 (“Angels, from the Realms of Glory”)
Prophets told us, “Pay attention! God is working in the land.
Lo, the days are surely coming; seek the justice God has planned!
Seek the signs of your redemption; hear God’s word and understand!”
Christ, you taught us: “Pay attention! Nature’s signs are sure and clear:
When the trees grow leaves and blossom, summertime is almost here.”
So it is in God’s good kingdom; be alert; God’s reign is near!
As we welcome your salvation, all around we see distress;
There is trouble in the nations! There is greed and wickedness;
As we trust in your redemption, may we live your righteousness.
May we work for what you call for; may we labor for your reign.
Families cry out at the border; children suffer grief and pain.
May your church, committed, prayerful, work for justice in your name.
Christ, you taught us: “Pay attention!” So we humbly serve and pray:
May we gladly live your kingdom in a world that’s gone astray.
May the hope of our salvation guide the things we do and say.
Biblical Texts: Jeremiah 33:14-16; Luke 21:25-36
Tune: Henry Thomas Smart, 1867
Text: Copyright © 2018 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.