A hymn for the First Sunday in Advent
Open Wide Your Heavens!
CRANHAM (Irregular) ("In The Bleak Midwinter")
Open wide your heavens! Let your name be known!
So the world will know, Lord, we are not alone.
You who once did awesome deeds — show your presence here!
Open wide your heavens! Let us know you're near.
In this Advent season, Lord, we wait and pray:
Why do you seem hidden? Are you far away?
Though your faithfulness is sure, we have often sinned;
Like the leaves we're fading, carried by the wind.
Carried by our culture, we seek more and more;
As we long to prosper, we forget the poor.
As we yearn for earthly things, we forget your name.
Open wide your heavens! Make us whole again.
Lord, you are the potter; we are simply clay.
Take the lives we offer; mold us more each day.
In this holy Advent time, show us all anew:
You reach out and bless us, when we wait for you.
Biblical Reference: Isaiah 64:1-9
Tune: Gustav Theodore Holst, 1906 ("In The Bleak Midwinter")
Text: Copyright © 2011 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
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