God, make us ready for our celebration,
Praising your Son for his heralded birth.
Glory on high, as the angels proclaimed it,
Peace to all peoples and nations on earth.
God, help us open our hearts to the other,
Feeling the pain of your unequal world.
As in the old times the prophet proclaimed it,
Justice like rivers the sign of your rule.
God, call us now to be part of your purpose,
Seeing your world as you made it to be:
Living your kingdom as Jesus proclaimed it,
Your restoration, where love is the key.
God, be our Peace sign, as Christ in the manger;
God, roll down Justice in strength and in power;
God, come Restore us, your Spirit inspiring;
God, be God With Us, Emmanuel, now.
Words: © September 2016 Tony Law. May be used freely in worship.
Suggested tune: “Epiphany” (StF 595)
Tony writes that, in preparation for team preaching in Oakham during Advent 2016, he created “Emmanuel Now” with the brief (a) to relate to the lectionary Old Testament readings for Year A, and specifically to the themes of peace, justice, restoration and ‘God With Us’; and (b) to match an existing, preferably seasonal, hymn tune.