Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
We will mark the passing of Advent with the lighting of one candle on the Advent wreath each week and with a Jesse tree study beginning on December 1st.
Hope of all the saints Thou art;
Dear desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.
I know it won't yet mean much to a young toddler, but we will be starting our traditions now so that they are a part of our celebrations right from the beginning. It also helps me to prepare my own heart during this Advent season, a way to reflect on and anticipate the coming celebration at a time when it becomes so easy to get caught up in the busyness of gift buying, decorating, attending Christmas parties, watching Christmas performances, packing and travelling.
Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
May this Advent season be a blessing to you as well as you look to the coming of Christ. O Emmanuel, Jesus Christ, desire of every nation, Savior of all peoples, come and dwell among us.
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.