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Opening & invitation for advent communion

from Rev. Christopher Harrison, Pastor of Glendale Presbyterian Church, Glendale, CA.


A voice cries out in the wilderness,

Prepare the way of the Lord,

Make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

All who are waiting, Hear!

All who hope, Listen!

The promise has been breathed into the fabric of history and

Its fulfillment is at hand:

The lonely will be comforted,

The orphan will be championed,

A light will shine in the darkness,

The lost will be searched for and will be found.

The path of salvation will be restored.

See, O people,

See the face of our Savior.

“The Lord’s glory will appear,

and all humanity will see it together;

the Lord’s mouth

has commanded it.”


If in the depths of your spirit you are crying out, “Come thou long expected Jesus;”

This table has been laid out for you.

For those who sing, “born to set your people free,” and desire to be set free;

The table of the Lord has a place for you.

If your heart aches to be released from fear and sin,

Receive the bread of Heaven and the cup of Salvation.

Those who find their rest in Jesus Christ,

are welcome here,

The feast of communion is prepared for you.

Come, taste and see that the Lord is good.

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  1. scottpcusa says

    I LOVE the use of “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” for an invitation to the table. I used it! Thanks!

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