Nov 12, 2012

Advent Song: God Almighty, We Are Waiting

Here’s a contemporary hymn for Advent from Ann Bell Worley.  You might try singing it to HOLY MANNA (Brethren, we have met to worship) or NETTLETON (Come Thou Fount of Ev’ry Blessing)… or check the Metrical Index at the back of most hymnals for other tunes in meter.

If you're looking for a more contemporary setting, you might consider using the tune to Brian Doerksen’s The River. 

God Almighty, We Are Waiting

God Almighty, we are waiting for a savior to appear.
Meet us in our desert journey; give a sign that you are near:
burning bushes, parted waters, food aplenty in the wild.
As we look for signs and wonders, help us see you in a child.

God Incarnate, we are waiting for the feast day of your birth.
Looking back and looking forward to the Christ's return to earth.
Help us to proclaim the gospel, 'til the world is reconciled.
Let us set your holy table for each woman, man, and child.

God, the Spirit, we are waiting for your presence here and now.
Humbled by our sinful weakness, at your mercy we will bow.
Search our hearts and make us ready, speak in language strong and mild,
help each one of us, your people, to receive you like a child.

~ written by Ann Bell Worley, in New Hymns of Hope. Words copyright © 2005 Hope Publishing Company. If you use this hymn in worship, be sure to report it on your CCLI license.  Text reprinted here by permission.