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Phone: 214-363-5471
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NOVEMBER 29, 2015

The Coming of the Son of Man

“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” —Luke 21:25-28 (excerpt from Gospel)

Lo! he comes, with clouds descending,
once for our salvation slain;
thousand thousand saints attending
swell the triumph of his train:
Christ the Lord returns to reign.
—Hymn 57 (excerpt), Charles Wesley (1707-1788)


Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. —The Collect of the Day

Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding:
“Christ is nigh,” it seems to say;
“Cast away the works of darkness,
O ye children of the day.”
—Hymn 59 (excerpt), Latin, ca. 6th cent.; tr. Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1861, alt.



  • 56, “O come, O come, Emmanuel” —Entrance Hymn
  • 59, “Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding” —Sequence Hymn
  • 66, “Come, thou long-expected Jesus” —Communion Hymn
  • 383, “Fairest Lord Jesus” —Communion Hymn (9:00 a.m.)
  • 488, “Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart” —Communion Hymn (9:00 a.m.)
  • 71, “Hark! the glad sound! the Savior comes” —Communion Hymn (11:00 a.m.)
  • 653, “Dear Lord and Father of mankind” —Communion Hymn (11:00 a.m.)
  • 57, “Lo! he comes, with clouds descending” —Postcommunion Hymn


The Offertory (9:00 and 11:00 a.m.)

This anthem is a setting of the German Advent chorale Es kommt ein Schiff, Geladen (“There comes a ship, loaded”), arranged by George Guest (1924-2002), Director of Music at Saint John’s College, Cambridge from 1951 to 1991.

In night’s dim shadows lying, Our limbs fast lock’d in sleep, To thee, with faithful sighing, Our souls their vigil keep. Desire of every nation, Hear, Lord, our piteous cry; Thou Word, the world’s salvation, Uplift us where we lie. Lord, be thine Advent hasten’d, Lest sin thy people mar; The gates which Adam fasten’d—The gates of heav’n, unbar. Son, to thine endless merit, Redeemer, Saviour, Friend, With Sire and Holy Spirit Be praises without end.


The Voluntaries

Both of these Chorale Preludes on Advent melodies were composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). The tunes may be found in the Hymnal 1982 on pages 54 and 61, respectively.

Prelude: Nun komm, der heiden Heiland (“Savior of the nations, come!”), BWV 659
Postlude: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (“Sleepers, wake! A voice astounds us”), BWV 645



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