Despite everyone being awash with stuff to do, read, decorate, buy or cook at this time of year, Advent is a precious season. We’ll keep this edition short and musical. It is emphatically not Carols for Christmas from Kings College, but we are releasing our versions of two special Advent Hymns that we recorded last year, plus the music from a track on CD4 of our Reawakenings series.
Rise up and see the day is dawning is an outstandingly beautiful song based on Isaiah 60, that Linda Entwistle wrote many years ago, and which looks forward to the glory of His second return – a theme commonly associated with Advent. I have been hearing the words “He came to save the broken-hearted” all this week. They are an essential part of its message, and they feel particularly apt for Linda herself in her time of loss.
This is preempting the New Year send out, but may we all receive fresh grace to rise up and see a new day dawning whether we have known much blessing this year, or whether there have been shocks, blocks and “wreckages” along the way. What a comfort to know that one day, for us all, “our days of sorrow will be o’er!” (See Isaiah 60:20)
Hark the glad sound the Saviour comes was one of four hundred hymns written by Philip Dodderidge to accompany his sermons. May the words of this courageous non-conformist preacher live again in our hearts this Advent season – not least for those who are currently broken hearted.
O Come o come Emmanuel has always been one of my favourite hymns. In tone and concept one can trace associations for the words right back to Cynewulf, the early English poet who lived at the beginning of the ninth century!
We hope you will be able to use this very short recording as a mini journey of prayer for the Middle East region, or wherever else the Lord leads you. We chose to record it in a rather down tempo way. This rather surprised me at the time, but it makes good sense listening to it again now, the ‘darker’ music matching the state of the Jewish nation before Christ came, but, equally as relevantly, the darkness that is still hovering over Israel, and which is seeking to inflict maximum grief and chaos. This is music that should never be used as a jingly supermarket Christmas carol; the original music actually dates back to a processional burial chant in 15th-century France!
Pray for many more to come know the power of the love this hymn affirms and celebrates so powerfully. Let your spirit criss-cross the world as word music and prayer combine.
When you have finished watching, do click the button for Explore more music & audio like these tracks and you will be directed to a number of other exquisite tracks we have released on SoundCloud.
With very best wishes to all you dear wonderful people this Christmas time; may the Lord draw very close to you and those you love. It is so good to walk life’s journey together!
Robert and Ros