Advent iii! Dickens’ A Christimas Carol; Prepare the Way (Charlie Hall); O Come O Come Emmanuel; O Come Divine Messiah; Saviour of the Nations Come; God Will Come to Save Us; Waiting For Your Love; Gaudete in Domino Semper. (Ep. 016)


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***************SHOW NOTES***************
• What has been our Advent progress these last few days, in the midst of Christmas preparations?
• Why has this story captured our hearts?
• A Christmas Carol is a fundamentally religious work.
• In what ways does pre-conversion Ebeneezer Scrooge sound almost logical in today’s society? Is he hypocritical at any point?
• How are government programs (helpful that they are) woefully inadequate in solving major social problems?
• How have self-help experts used “A Christmas Carol” to enact personal transformation in one’s life?
• Three Steps:
1) Take a good hard look at where you are today, and the milestones in your life that brought you to this point.
2) If we were to continue the path we are on, where will we be in the future?
3) Knowing the course we are on, what adjustments would we have to make in order to be assured we will go to where we want to go?
• We all need to change in some area; we are not perfect. What areas would we need to change in order to prepare ourselves for Christmas?

Episode Log Times
2:45 – Worship Session (Music and Prayer)
2:58 – Gaudete In Domino Semper
4:25 – God Will Come to Save Us
8:25 – O Come Divine Messiah
11:25 – O Come O Come Emmanuel (4th & 5th verses)
13:04 – Saviour of the Nations Come
16:10 – Waiting For Your Love
23:13 – Spoken, Spontaneous Prayer
27:18 – Song of the Week: Prepare the Way
(lyric study and guitar workshop)
32:40 – Sharing: Advent III and Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”
49:36 – Final Comments and Doxology

***********SONG OF THE WEEK***********
Lyric Study and Guitar Workshop
Prepare the Way
by Charlie Hall and Louis Giglio
Copyright (c) 2002 music


Roman Gradual
Gaudete in Domino semper: Iterum dico, gaudete

O rejoice in the Lord always And again I say rejoice!

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Nick Alexander

Say unto the anxious, do not be afraid!
God will come to save us, surely He will save us.
Say unto the broken, do not be afraid!
God will come to save us, surely He will save us.
Say unto the hurting, do not be afraid!
God will come to save us, surely He will save us.

Say unto the pris’ner, do not be afraid!
God will come to save us, surely He will save us.
Say unto the homeless, do not be afraid!
God will come to save us, surely He will save us.
Say unto the orphans, do not be afraid!
God will come to save us, surely He will save us.

Our God, He will come
And He will come to save us, He will vindicate
So be strong, be strong
God will come to save us, do not be afraid. Don’t fear.

Copyright (c) 2005 by Nick Alexander

Abbe Simon-Joseph Pellegrin, 1663-1745;
tr. by S. Mary of St. Philip 1877

O Come Divine Messiah,
The world in silence waits the day
When hope shall sing its triumph
And sadness flee away.

Dear Savior, haste!
Come, come to earth.
Dispel the night and show Your face,
And bid us hail the dawn of grace. (v.1).

O Come Desired of nations,
Whom priest and prophet long foretold
Will break the captive fetters
Redeem the long-lost fold.

O Come, in peace and meekness,
For lowly will Your cradle be:
Though clothed in human weakness
We shall Your God-head see.

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veni veni Emmanuel, Latin 9th cent.;
tr. by John Neale, 1818-1866

O Come O Rod of Jesse’s stem.
From ev’ry foe deliver them.
That trust Your mighty power to save
And give them vic’try o’er the grave.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to Thee, O Israel.

O Come O Key of David come
And open wide our heav’nly home.
Make safe the way that leads on high
And close the path to misery.
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Asc. to St. Ambrose, 340-397; tr. by William Reynolds 1812-1876
1. Saviour of the nations, come
Virgin’s Son make here thy home!
Marvel now, O heav’n and earth
That the Lord chose such a birth

2. Not by human flesh and blood
By the Spirit of our God
Was the Word of God made flesh
Woman’s Offspring, pure and fresh.

3. Wond’rous birth! O wond’rous Child
Of the Virgin undefiled!
Mighty God and man in one
Eager now His race to run!

4. God the Father is His source
Back to God He runs His course
Down to death and hell descends
God’s high throne He re-ascends.

5. Thou, the ageless Father’s peer
Gird Thy might in mortal gear
Take on flesh to rout the wrong
Make our flesh in frailty strong.

6. Now Your lowly manger bright
Hallows night with newborn light
Let no night this light subdue
Let our faith shine ever new.

7. Praise to God, the Father, sing
Praise to God, the Son, our King
Praise to God the Spirit be
Ever and eternally.
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Nick Alexander
Jesus, I am here, waiting for Your love
Jesus, I am here, waiting for Your love

1. I cannot go to the mountaintop
I cannot go to the sea
In my abode, I wait for You
Please meet me.

2. You said that You’d come if only I’d wait for You
You said that I’d find if only I’d seek
You can open the door that I find so hard to unlock
Please meet me.

Jesus, here I wait. Please don’t hesitate.
I know Your Word is true.
So Lord, draw me to You.

Copyright (c) 1998 by Nick Alexander Music.

Referenced in the Program:
Michael Hyatt’s Life Plan

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