A song for Advent: In the Waiting, by Matt Redman (a rare bonus track)

December 3, 2013

In my Advent Worship Playlist is a wonderful, but extremely rare (at least in the U.S.) song by Matt Redman called In the Waiting.  It was released as a bonus track on the UK edition of Matt Redman’s breakthrough 1998 album The Friendship and the Fear.  Strangely enough, the UK and US versions of that album are VERY different!  I was fortunate to be given the UK version of the CD by a friend – I think it was the first I’d ever heard of Matt Redman.

So, I have this wonderful song that I find becoming a “theme song” of sorts for me this Advent, but I imagine most US readers of this blog will have never heard it.  I cannot find it on any US site for purchase or online streaming.  So, I’m sharing it here for your Advent blessing.


Advent Waiting

In the Waiting

by Matt Redman & Todd Proctor

I cultivate a quiet place
within this life of mine.
I come to wait before the One
who know my heart’s design.
In the stillness I have come to wait before You God

And I find You in the waiting
And I find You in the waiting
You remind me, in the stillness,
To know You are God

You heard my cry so long before
I ever spoke a word.
You knew my name so long before
the heavens touched the earth.
In the stillness I have come to wait before You God

And I find You in the waiting
And I find You in the waiting
You remind me, in the stillness,
To know You are God

The chord chart can be found here.

Art credit:  bluemarbleGod.com

Advent Art: William Holman Hunt’s “The Light of the World”

December 3, 2013

In his “Advent Art” series entry for Dec. 3, the Rev. Patrick Comerford focuses on the well-known painting “Light of the World” by William Holman Hunt.


Two short exceprts:

Christ’s head bears two crowns: the earthly crown of shame and his heavenly crown of glory. The thorny crown is beginning to bud and blossom. These are not thorns from a hawthorn hedge, or briars from an overgrown garden. These are thorns from branches thrown by soldiers in Palestine on a barrack-room brazier, with spikes three to four inches long, twisted into a rough-and-ready crown set firmly on Christ’s head, each sharp spike drawing blood.


Christ’s lantern lights up his features, the doorway, and the way ahead. “Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119: 105). To those living in darkness, Christ is waiting to enter their lives. The cords of the lamp, twisted around Christ’s wrist, symbolise the intense unity between Christ and the Church.

It’s fascinating to learn more about the history and symbolism of the painting.  Go check it out!

Matthew 21:12-16

December 3, 2013

Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. (Matthew 21:12)
      Jesus, cleanse the temple of your Church and cast out all that corrupts it. Cast out all that corrupts us personally.

And he said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ “ (Matthew 21:13)
      Holy Spirit, restore to your Church a life of prayer and worship. Let our bodies become living temples of praise and prayer and worship.

Then the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. (Matthew 21:14)
      Father, let all those who are physically or spiritually blind come to Jesus for healing and restoration of sight.

But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant (Matthew 21:15)
      Lord, in so many churches people become indignant at the noise of children. Help us repent of that and welcome them into your house.

and said to him, “Do You hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’?” (Matthew 21:16)
      Holy Spirit, let the youth and Sunday School programs throughout the diocese foster in our children a life of praise and worship. Bless the diocesan youth interns: Goh, John, and Andrew as they minister to the youth of the diocese. Thank you.

Psalm 11:3-4 A word received: When the foundations are being destroyed, turn to me.

Tuesday: 5, 6 * 10, 11; Amos 3:1-11: 2 Pet. 1:12-21: Matt. 21:12-22
Wednesday: 119:1-24 * 12, 13, 14; Amos 3:12-4:5: 2 Pet. 3:1-10: Matt. 21:23-32

Albany Intercessor

The Advent Project – an Online Advent Calendar from Biola University

December 3, 2013

H/T to Jessica Snell for pointing me to this resource, “an online Advent calendar for grownups” as she calls it:

The Advent Project, from Biola University.  It is a very cool multimedia site.  Each day there is a reflection on Scripture, an artwork, and a musical selection.  Here’s the description from the site’s introductory page:

For centuries artists of all persuasions have been inspired by themes relating to Advent and Christmastide. Indeed for centuries, images and musical scores related directly to the Christian church year made up the bulk of the canon of the western arts. The Advent Project features works of art and music from the span of church history. Included are some of the most ancient Christmas hymns and one of the earliest known portraits of Christ from the 6th Century. On the other hand, lyrics and tunes that have recently been composed as well as pieces of visual art that have been completed in the last few years are featured. A wide range of styles and aesthetic stances–from the classical strains of Handel’s Messiah to the haunting lament of Odetta’s Poor Little Jesus Boy–from Maja Lisa Englehart’s abstract portrait of Christ to Bill Viola’s video installation of Elizabeth greeting Mary, make The Advent Project and its co-mingling of the familiar and new, continual unfolding surprise!

The Advent Project is in essence an Advent calendar for grownups. The calendar starts on the first day of Advent, December 1, 2013, and continues through Epiphany, January 6, 2014. There are 37 days to discover. Each entry containing a portion of scripture, a devotional written by a member of the Biola community, a work of visual art or a short video, and a piece of music for listening. Week 1, December 1-7, focuses on the Incarnation of Christ. Week 2, December 8-14, looks at prophetic passages of scripture surrounding the coming of Christ. Week 3, December 15-21, deals with the Annunciation and Visitation. Week 4, December 22-28, emphasizes the wonderful accounts of Christ’s birth, while week 5, December 29-January 6, recalls events surrounding Epiphany.

Check it out!

Church of England

December 3, 2013

Isaiah 40:21-25 (TLB)
21 Are you so ignorant? Are you so deaf to the words of God—the words he gave before the world began? Have you never heard nor understood? 22 It is God who sits above the circle of the earth. (The people below must seem to him like grasshoppers!) He is the one who stretches out the heavens like a curtain and makes his tent from them. 23 He dooms the great men of the world and brings them all to naught. 24 They hardly get started, barely take root, when he blows on them and their work withers, and the wind carries them off like straw.

25 “With whom will you compare me? Who is my equal?” asks the Holy One.

There is no equal to You, O God, in England. There is no equal to You in Canterbury, London, and York. There is no equal to You in the House of Bishops and the General Synod. There is no equal to You across the breadth of the Church of England.
We thank You for Your words. We thank You for the translations of Holy Scripture and the propagation of the gospel that originated in the Church of England. We thank You for the great traditions of oratory and revival and hymnody and missions in the Church of England.
There is no one like You. May Your holy name continue to be magnified within this church. Amen.


December 3, 2013

Daniel 11:32b (NKJV)

but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.

Our Father in heaven,

How You love the land and the people of Israel, Judea, Samaria, and Gaza.  Strengthen the Christians with courage, vision, and understanding that Your kingdom may advance quickly throughout this land.  Awaken evangelism and discipleship among the Jews and Arabs.  May the Christians know You and do great exploits.  Amen.

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