Friends and Colleagues, I know you are in the midst of Ordinary Days or Days after Pentecost, finance campaigns, pastoral care and such. And here I am offering lyrics for an Advent song.
Before long Advent will be upon us. Stores are already decking their halls for Christmas. Each year in many liturgical churches pastors strive to entice and educate that Christmas with its carols and baby does not come until Christmas Eve or Christmas Day; yet many people want to sing those dear songs all during Advent.
I offer this poem that can be sung to the tune of Away in a Manger that is reflective of Advent and still allows participants to connect with memory-rich music. I only ask that, if you use it, that you please add © June 24, 2012 Cynthia Langston Kirk to your bulletins and screens with the lyrics.
Stark desert that transforms and locust-fed John
Both voice the call clearly: turn, turn toward God
Strip all false pretenses and self-centered ways
Despite sacrifices and wilderness days
Courageous girl Mary said, “Yes, Holy One.
You’ll bless the wide circle as I birth your son.”
Let all those with burdens know your full release
As we reflect Jesus, grace-filled Prince of Peace
Devoted sheep keepers intrigued by the light
Responded to angel song that sacred night
Compelled into worship, embracing unknown
Let’s leave the familiar and find our way home
Long winding our journey, expectant each heart
Consumer bombarded before we can start
Let us prepare deeply to meet the Christ Child
Not rush to the manger, but take God’s sweet time
May we be like these folk, the Spirit-inspired
Lead us to the manger and always Godward
May our hearts be open and also our homes
For thousands are longing to be loved and known
Copyright June 24, 2012 Cynthia Langston Kirk
Can be sung to the tune of “Away in a Manger”
Pamela Gonzalez has written a wonderful resource entitled It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas: Carols for the Advent Season. Rev. Gonzalez has penned new Advent lyrics for familiar Christmas tunes. This little gem can be purchased through Owl Mountain Music, Ft. Collins, CO.