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  • Mark Bainbridge
  • Waiting


Waiting, waiting, waiting for promises to come true

Hoping, praying, wishing for dreams from me to you

We light the candle

We begin our wait

Hoping for peace for all his people’s sake

Waiting, waiting, waiting for promises to come true

Vs 1

Two thousand years ago a promise that God made to man

Was fulfilled in the form of a baby as was his plan

And in a lowly stable outside of Beth-le-hem

The word was made flesh and his people’s hope lived strong again – CH

Vs 2

Two thousand years ago the shepherds came with their sheep

The wise men came with kingly gifts while the baby sleeps

The angels singing Alleluia in the heavens

And so begun his story of man’s redemption

Mark Bainbridge © 1990

Waiting notes

This Advent hymn came about after the school I was working at, at the time, had used the same two Advent hymns for four to five years and nobody knew of any others to substitute in their place. Although it is more of a reflective type of hymn, something that children would listen to and reflect on, I have included a liturgical movement to help its expression as well as a descant part which children could sing through the chorus.

I have also used this at a Carols by Candle-Light event at Maldon to great effect as it gives everyone a chance to relax between singing the traditional carols and I feel, helps get the message across that Advent as a time of waiting.

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