Two Advent Hymns

At this time of year, we look forward to Advent worship. A few years ago, I realized that we might benefit from some additional Advent hymns, so I wrote a couple and set them to the tunes of well-known Christmas hymns. If you think your church’s Advent worship might be enhanced by them, I’d be honored for you to sing them. If you do, please let me know how it goes!

Our Savior Comes

(An Advent Hymn sung to the tune ANTIOCH [Joy to the World])

1. Our Savior comes
in love and grace;
prepare our hearts
O God!

God, let our lives
be filled through Him
with hope, love, joy and peace,
with hope, love, joy and peace,
with hope and love and joy and peace.

2. Our Savior comes
as Mary’s Babe
in humble cir-
cumstance!

God, let our lives
show willingness
to take a servant’s stance;
to take a servant’s stance;
to take, to take a servant’s stance.

3. Our Savior comes
to us right now
in these good and
trying days,

God, let our lives
show openness
to live and love his way;
to live and love his way;
to live and to love in his way.

4. Our Savior comes
in pow’r some day
to gather up
His own.

God, let our lives
show readiness
to greet him when he comes;
to greet him when he comes;
to greet him, to greet him when he comes.

5. Our Savior comes
in love and grace;
prepare our hearts
O God!

God, let our lives
be filled through Him
with hope, love, joy and peace,
with hope, love, joy and peace,
with hope and love and joy and peace.

Words ©Michael L. Ruffin 2011
Permission is granted to reproduce the text for use in public worship provided appropriate attribution is given.

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Come, Lord Jesus, Come

(An Advent hymn sung to the tune IN DULCI JUBILO [Good Christian Men, Rejoice])

1. Come, Lord Jesus, come
to Joseph’s humble home.

Son of God and Son of Man,
fulfill God’s gracious saving plan.

Child in manger, Man on cross,
our great gain from God’s great loss.

Come to Bethlehem,
come to Bethlehem.

2. Come, Lord Jesus, come
in us to make your home.

Risen and ascended Lord,
with us as the living Word.

Make your Church your dwelling place
through us may others find your grace.

Live in us today,
live in us today.

3. Come, Lord Jesus, come
to take your people home.

Your new heaven, your new earth,
we await the great re-birth.

We will not wait anxiously
but rather serve expectantly.

As we wait for you,
as we wait for you.

Words © 2011 Michael L. Ruffin
Permission is granted to reproduce the text for use in public worship provided appropriate attribution is given.

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Michael Ruffin is husband to Debra and father to Joshua (Michelle) and Sara (Benjamin). A graduate of Mercer University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, he has previously served as a pastor and as a university professor. He lives on the Ruffin Family Farm in Yatesville, Georgia. He is the Connections Series Curriculum Editor.

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