Sunday, November 29, 2009

The First Sunday in Advent: Savior of the nations, come!

Advent has begun

Today we ring in the new Church year

Read Scripture again to plant it in our hearts

Hang the first Jesse Tree Ornament.

And introduce the baby to the central figures.

But the manger sits empty,

To remind us to sing and pray

the appropriate words of Martin Luther (after Ambrose of Milan 340-397):

Savior of the nations, come!

Virgin's Son, make here your home.

Marvel now, both heaven and earth,

that the Lord chose such a birth.

Wondrous birth! Oh, wondrous child

of the Virgin undefiled!

Mighty God and Mary's son,

eager now his race to run!

Thus on earth the word appears,

gracing his created spheres;

hence to death and hell descends,

then the heavenly throne ascends.

Come, O Father's saving Son,

who o'er sin the victory won.

Boundless shall your kingdom be;

grant that we its glories see.

Music: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (16th C)
Words: Martin Luther (16th C)


The Hagedorn Family said...

What a great idea to "ring" in the church year! We still have to talk soon. My kids were just talking about you guys and trying to figure out who C is. ;)

MomCO3 said...

A lovely post, Amy. Thanks!


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