Dear Trinity Community:

Advent is a time of waiting, a time of plaintive longing. In these days before Christmas, we pause as a “Community Following Jesus” to reflect not only on the miracle of the incarnation but also on our need for a Savior. The darkness of the world often shrouds our lives and leads us in paths of despair and brokenness. Yet our faith directs us to hope in the light that comes at Christmas, the light that no darkness can overcome. The Nordic hymn, Lost in the Night, with the words below, provides our theme for this Advent season and speaks of this hope and expectation: the whole world awaits the coming of the Savior. We hear the words of the prophets. We sing of God’s promises. We place our hope only in God. We hope you will take advantage of the many opportunities this Advent and Christmas Season.

Ben A. Spalding
Director of Music and the Arts

Lost in the night do the people yet languish,
Longing for morning the darkness to vanquish,
Plaintively sighing with hearts full of anguish,
Will not day come soon?  Will not day come soon?

Must we be vainly awaiting the morrow?
Shall those who have light no light let us borrow,
Giving no heed to our burden of sorrow?
Will you help us soon?  Will you help us soon?

Sorrowing wanderers, in darkness yet dwelling,
Dawned has the day of a radiance excelling,
Death’s deepest shadows forever dispelling.
Christ is coming soon!  Christ is coming soon!

Light o’er the land of the needy is beaming;
Rivers of life through its deserts are streaming,
Bringing all peoples a Savior redeeming.
Come and save us soon!  Come and save us soon!


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