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Preparing for Corporate Worship - Music for Advent

Written By Ryan Egan on 12/03/2014 | Posted in Congregational LifeWorship

This time of year is one of my absolute favorites. I love getting together with family, watching Christmas movies by a warm fire, and I even love the snow. I also love Christmas music. And I love a sub-category of Christmas music: Advent music.

We will begin our Advent series: The Gifts of Christmas tonight, as well as shift our focus to Advent on Sunday mornings. With it comes the opportunity to sing familiar carols, both in their traditional form and with some slight refreshing to them, as well as newer Christmas songs that we have sung before or will learn this year.

While we will be singing many more songs than these, and many very familiar and traditional carols, below you will find recordings of some of the newer or more unfamiliar songs we will be singing in the next few weeks.

Advent Music

Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus

This fantastic hymn allows us to proclaim these beautiful words, that Jesus didn't just come here for no reason, but was "born to set [His] people free." The arrangement below is by Jeremy Erickson, who many of you know as a dear friend of Wade's who now is experiencing the "joy of every longing heart" first-hand:

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Another beautiful prayer of longing, this hymn's melody has stood the test of hundreds and hundreds of years and still is as striking today. This year we will be singing some updated lyrics to the familiar hymn, to help us see clearly that Jesus has not only come, but also what He accomplished and what He will do when He comes again.

The Unbelievable

Modern hymn writers Steve and Vikki Cook bring us this new song, helping us reclaim some of the awe and wonder of what really happened when God became man with one single purpose on this earth: to redeem us.


We have sung this for several years during the Advent and Christmas season. As most hymns do, this song paints a wonderful picture of the entire life of Jesus, including a look at His second coming.

Immanuel (From the Squalor of a Borrowed Stable)

While it's been a couple of years since we have sung this at Living Word, it's particularly appropriate as we look at a bit of an uncertain time period ahead of us, going through the transition to a new pastor. God took on flesh to come to the human race, has walked our road and felt our pain.

Wonderful Counselor

Taken directly from Old Testament prophecies, this song helps us put the words of Scripture to music as well as sing some of the names of Jesus that are not on our tongues many other times of the year.

How Sweet the Day

This great song let's us declare how sweet the day was when Jesus came the first time, and how much more sweet the day will be when we see Him face to face.

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Ryan serves as Director of Worship & Creative Arts at Living Word. He is a follower of Jesus, husband, father of three, worshiper and creative.

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