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On the first Sunday, we light the candle of HOPE and after all the difficulty we have faced so far in 2020, I wanted to bring some hope, love, joy, and peace to all with an advent playlist.

“But those who HOPE in the Lord will renew their strength”. – Isaiah 40:31

What is Advent?

The Advent Season, the beginning of the liturgical year in Western Christianity, is a special time of year for Christians that can often get lost in the hustle-bustle of the Christmas season. In the Church, there are 4 weeks of Advent leading up to Christmas with a focus on the Second Coming. Each week, there are hymns to sing, candles to be lit, and readings from the Bible and devotionals.

On Advent Sunday (29 November 2020), we light the candle of HOPE.

On the Second Sunday of Christmas, we light the candle of BETHLEHEM.

On Gaudete Sunday (the 3rd Sunday of Christmas), we light the candle of JOY.

On the Fourth Sunday of Christmas, we light the candle of the ANGELS.

Suggested Reading: 5 Fun (Non-Candy) Advent Calendars for 2020

Advent Playlist – 25 Christmas Hymns

Day 1. A Strange Way to Save the World

A Strange Way to Save the World is a modern hymn (written in 1993 by 4Him). My favorite version is sung by Michael Crawford (The Phantom of the Opera) and Twila Paris on Crawford’s Christmas Album.

A Strange Way to Save the World Lyrics

I’m sure he must have been surprised
At where this road had taken him
Cause never in a million lives
Would he have dreamed of Bethlehem

And standing at the manger
He saw with his own eyes
The message from the angel come to life
And Joseph said

Why me, I’m just a simple man of trade
Why Him with all the rulers in the world
Why here inside this stable filled with hay
Why her, she’s just an ordinary girl
Now I’m not one to second guess
What angels have to say
But this is such a strange way to save the World

To think of how it could have been
If Jesus had come as He deserved
There would have been no Bethlehem
No lowly shepherds at His birth

But Joseph knew the
Reason love had to reach so far
And as he held the Savior in his arms
He must have thought

Why me, I’m just a simple man of trade
Why Him with all the rulers in the world
Why here inside this stable filled with hay
Why her, she’s just an ordinary girl
Now I’m not one to second guess
What angels have to say
But this is such a strange way to save the World

Now, I’m not one to second guess
What angels have to say
But this is such a strange
Way to save the world
Such a strange way, this is
Such a strange way
A strange way to save the world
A strange way to save the world

Scripture Reading –

1 Corinthians 1:27-31

But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

Romans 13:11-14

Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

Advent Playlist – Days 2 to 25

2. The Angel Gabriel

3. Angels, From the Realms of Glory

4. Christ is the World’s True Light

5. Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus

6. The Crown of Roses

7. E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come

8. Gesu Bambino

9. I Heard the Bells on Christmas

10. I Wonder as a Wander

11. Jesus Christ The Apple Tree

12. The King Shall Come

13. The Little Drummer Boy

14. Mary, Do You Know?

15. O Come, All Ye Faithful

16. O Come,O Come, Emmanuel

17. O Holy Night

18. O Little Town of Bethlehem

19. Once in Royal David’s City

20. People, Look East

21. Silent Night

22. Sweet Little Jesus Boy

23. There Stood in Heaven a Linden Tree

24. Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day

25. Whence is That Goodly Fragrance Flowing?

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Please join me this Advent Season as I share these beloved hymns and the stories and Scriptures that go with them. Enjoy and a very Happy Christmas to all.

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