1 We praise the holy One
of whom the prophets sing;
for Christ, God's servant Son,
is now enthroned as King.
Let Advent stir our hearts again
to celebrate the Saviour's reign.

2 A lamp of witness shone -
a prophet for his day -
it was the Baptist, John,
preparing Jesus' way:
his call rang out across the land,
"Repent - God's kingdom is at hand!"

3 This kingdom - still it grows,
and we may enter heaven;
for Jesus died and rose
that we might be forgiven,
and through him find a welcome place
among his family of grace.

4 May God help us to do
the things we know are right:
and, spurning what's untrue,
to clothe ourselves in light.
Let misery and conflicts cease,
and justice rule, with joy and peace.

5 The Lord has set an hour
which no-one can discern,
when Christ in royal power
and glory shall return.
then we, his church, will be complete
and fall in worship at his feet!

Emma Turl (b.1946)
© Emma Turl, admin. The Jubilate Group
Metre: 6 6 6 6 8 8

(Alternative suggested tune: GOPSAL)