1st Sunday of Advent (Year C) 

Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading 

[As with other suggestions for Christmas this year, very well-known carols are omitted, allowing space for a wider range of choice. Also see Thirty second Christmas, and our new resource for planning a Blue Christmas service.] 

Lighting of Advent candles (using verses as appropriate)

Advent candles tell their story (StF 165)
'Christmas is coming!' The Church is glad to sing (StF 166)
Light a candle in a darkened place (StF 174)
Like a candle flame, flickering small in our darkness (StF 176)
The days are surely coming (website only) – especially suitable as we enter Year C of the Lectionary

Jeremiah 33: 14-16

Come thou long-expected Jesus (StF 169)
Hail to the Lord's Anointed (StF 228)
Praise to the God who clears the way (StF 183)
Sing we the King who is coming to reign (StF 185)
We wait in hope for hope to come (website only)

Psalm 25: 1-10

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

And I will wait now (website only)
Empty, broken, here I stand (StF 421)
Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go (StF 550)
Though the fruit tree doesn’t blossom (StF 93)

1 Thessalonians 3: 9-13

A new commandment (StF 242)
Author of Faith (StF 457) (esp. vv.4-6)
O for a heart to praise my God (StF 507)

Luke 21: 25-36

As servants working an estate (StF 491) - draws upon Mark 13: 32-37
Darkness like a shroud covers the earth (StF 170)
Hills of the north, rejoice (StF 172) (esp. vv.1,4&5)
Lo, he comes with clouds descending (StF 177)
My Lord! What a morning (StF 179) 
Soldiers of Christ, arise (StF 637)