I have been working on a number of things for advent and one of them is arranging and writing some advent songs that could be used in contemporary worship gatherings or with student groups and such.  The first is a wonderful song called, ‘View the Present through the Promise’ which I found the lyrics to in the most recent edition of the Interpretation journal.  I have never heard the choir version so I hope the lyricist, Thomas Troeger, doesn’t think I killed his song.  Either way, it is great lyrically in that it emphasizes the eschatological tenor of advent.  During Advent we celebrate the coming of God in the past, the present (in our own lives and world, and the future (the coming of new creation) and this song nails it.  I would say more about how inspirational singing a proleptic song is but the lyrics are by far superior.  So may the one who came with new life for the world breath newness into your own soul in order to transform our present in the light of God’s reconciled future.

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View the present through the promise, Christ will come again.
Trust despite the deepening darkness, Christ will come again.
Lift the world above its grieving through your watching and believing
in the hope past hope’s conceiving: Christ will come again.

Come Lord Jesus Come (x3) And Live In Me
Probe the present with the promise, Christ will come again.
Let your daily actions witness, Christ will come again.
Let your loving and your giving and your justice and forgiving
be a sign to all the living: Christ will come again.

Match the present to the promise, Christ will come again.
Make this hope your guiding premise, Christ will come again.
Pattern all your calculating and the world you are creating
to the advent you are waiting: Christ will come again.

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Nancy Q.
Nancy Q.

Hi! Searching for songs to utilize in worship this Advent. Would you share the chords? Can I print out the lyrics to use in our powerpoint? Blessings, Nancy

David R
David R

Tripp... great song! I posted it for the youth at St. Tim's to listen to as one of the daily Advent devotions this week.


Tom you really know how to make a man feel good. Larry Norman is a hero of mine. In fact, I like to refer to him as my favorite pre-millennial dispensationalist.

Thomas Jay Oord
Thomas Jay Oord

Wow! The voice sounds so much like a young Larry Norman!

Jo Ann W. Goodson
Jo Ann W. Goodson

Tripp, both of these songs are so wonderful. It has been such an inspiration for me today to hear you sing these songs that so lifted my spirit. Thanks for making my day. I love you and miss you !!! Keep giving of you heart, love and talents this old world of ours needs the message of Jesus and especially coming from you.


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