Love and Hope are two of the themes of Advent and in this song a connection is drawn between the definitive arrival of God’s Love and Hope in Christ and the invitation for us to participate in their coming. No better place is that made visible than the communion table. There all may come, no matter who they are or where they’ve been, and receive the gift of Love and the promise of hope from God. The act of receiving the Gift of God, is also an act of remembering the work of God in history, but that is not all. As we receive the Gift we are also called and empowered to bear the Gift in our lives into God’s world.
Hopefully this blending of John Pearlberg’s anthem ‘Remembering with Love and Hope’ and the Angelic Choir’s song in Luke’s gospel will encourage you in Advent to receive and bear God’s Gift for all of humanity.
Remembering with Love and Hope (audio here. right click and save as to download)
Glory to God, Glory to God in the Highest
And on earth peace to everyone
Remembering with love and hope, we celebrate the feast
Christ bids us come and dine with him, our host and great high priest
God’s word made known in flesh and blood, a covenant of grace
in manger, cross, and empty tomb, we see God’s loving face
Through all our lives Lord you are near and to the end of time
In bread and cup yourself you give, our life in yours we find….
Love, Love, Love, Love, Love it comes close to you, close to you (x2)
We break the bread and bless the cup, your spirit is out poured
Made one in you, we feast in love until you come o Lord
We trust the pledge of your strong love and pray your kingdom come
when face to face we’ll feast with you in our eternal home
At the end I envisioned a split where the ladies keep singing the Angel’s lines, ‘Glory to God…’ and the fellas follow me in singing the chorus. When I recorded both parts with me it sounded like it would work, but that much of my voice freaked me out.
The first advent song is here.