Tuesday, October 18, 2022

390. Advent 3 (Series B)

The lessons for this service are Isaiah 61:1-4 skipping to 8-11, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 and John 1:6-8 skipping to 19-28. The tune is DEIN KÖNIG KOMMT IN NIEDERN HÜLLEN by Johannes Zahn (1853), which I cribbed from a German hymnal, so sue me. (No, don't actually sue me; I'm doing an original arrangement of it to avoid copyright issues.)

Rejoice at all times, all you living;
Pray ceaselessly with glad thanksgiving;
For this God wills for You in Christ.
Test all things; cling to what has merit;
Flee evil; quench you not the Spirit;
Nor be God's prophecy despised!

Rejoice in Christ, who has so blessed you,
In robes of righteousness has dressed you,
As Bridegroom decks beloved bride!
Yea, as the earth its bud is bringing,
As what is sown comes gaily springing,
So praise will flourish far and wide.

Now may God sanctify you fully
And keep your soul and body holy
Until the day Christ comes again!
Therefore rejoice with praises lusty,
For He who visits you is trusty,
And what He pledges, You will gain.

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