Posted by: abbiewatters | December 5, 2011

Expecting the Word – Advent Two – Monday

My Advent series this year will follow the Words Matter Advent study from the National Council of Churches. Download the whole booklet if you’d like, and follow along with the writings for each day. I’d love to discuss them with you. Also, here is a link to the Advent readings from the Inclusive Bible. I prefer the more inclusive language here, than the NRSV texts used in the study booklet (be sure to read the note on page 6).

Isaiah 40:1-11

I just can not read these words without hearing them sung from Handel’s Messiah.

Comfort Ye, My People

And the Glory of the Lord

Oh Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion

He Shall Feed his Flock

I’ve heard them, and sung them for so many years that it just naturally happens. Reading through this, I wonder at the verses Charles Jennens, the librettist, left out (v. 6-8). They are the opening verses of Brahms’ A German Requiem.

Behold All Flesh is as the Grass

Oddly, I wasn’t able to find any musical setting for v. 10.

This is one passage that I don’t mind reading in updated language, but I’m sorry, the Inclusive Bible just doesn’t sing for me, although it is very good poetry. Even the NRSV’s more modern language doesn’t do it for me.  I’m a traditionalist around Christmas time.

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