Come, Light, Light of God

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Come, Light, Light of God

Introductory/Framing Text

“Come, Light, Light of God” is an invitation to God to enlighten the hearts of Gods people, along with the rest of creation. 

Call to Worship

A text especially mindful of children
Arise, shine, for your light has come!
The glory of the Lord has risen upon us.
Let us praise the Lord together.
The sun shall no longer be our light by day,
nor will the brightness of the moon shine on us,
for the Lord will be our light,
and our God will be our glory.
The Lord will be our everlasting light,
and our days of sorrow will end.
Come, let us sing to our light and salvation!
—based on Isaiah 60
[The Worship Sourcebook]
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two

A text especially mindful of children
May the light of God’s love push back the darkness.
We come to the light from the four corners of the earth,
from the north, from the south,
from the east, and from the west.
But we are all one in Jesus Christ.
We come from many nations and many cultures.
But we are all one in Jesus Christ.
We come seeking the light that guides us to life.
But we are all one in Jesus Christ.
Let us lift up our many voices and praise the God of all people.
[Reformed Worship 63:11]
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two

Additional Prayers

God of light and life,
open our eyes as well as our ears,
so that we may not only hear your Word preached today
but then see your Word lived out in our lives and in your world,
through Christ, our Lord, the light of the world. Amen.
[The Worship Sourcebook]
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two

We pray, Lord, as you shine the light of your Word on us,
that your glory will rise upon us by the power of your Spirit.
Darkness may cover the earth and thick darkness the peoples,
but, we pray, rise upon us, that your glory may appear to the world.
Nations will come to the light of your Word,
and peoples will be drawn to the brightness of your coming.
Help us, Lord, to lift our eyes to you, to hear you speak,
and to listen with open hearts to your gospel.
Empower us to respond to your Word with obedience,
and help us to be your shining lights in the universe.
We pray in the name of Christ, the light of the world. Amen.
—based on Isaiah 60:1-4a
[The Worship Sourcebook]
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two

A prayer especially mindful of children
Our Lord and our God,
now as we hear your Word,
fill us with your Spirit.
Soften our hearts that we may see your ways.
Fill us with your light.
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
[Reformed Worship 5:39]
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two

O Jesus, light of the world,
come into the dark places of this earth.
You bring a light from God that only you can shed.
Light eternal, your light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness does not overcome it.
We bring to you the darkness of our world
in war, starvation, cruelty, and exploitation.
We bring to you the darkness of our earth,
damaged and defaced by pollution.
We bring to you the darkness of our nation,
beset with conflict of race and class, religion and politics.
We bring to you the darkness of our relationships,
people not looking, not speaking, not listening, not forgiving.
We bring to you the darkness of our own souls,
hidden closets we have not visited or cleaned out for years.
O Jesus, light of the world, be a morning star above for us,
a radiance within, the shining all around that lets us live in love.
Only then shall we be reflectors of your brightness
and give glory to God in heaven. Amen.
[Reformed Worship 42:30]
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two

Come, Light, Light of God

Tune Information

F Major

Musical Suggestion

The tempo may vary, depending on the mood you are trying to create. A light, quick pace suits the anticipatory waiting of Christmas Eve or the Easter Vigil, while a slower one fits the meditative aura of a prayer before the reading of Scripture, a response during Evening or Night Prayer. Whether fast or slow, let the line of the melody flow without sagging at the commas in the text. Resist the temptation to slow down at the end of the fourth measure, especially if you use the song as a refrain. A few voices or a soloist may begin with “Come Light, Light of God” with everyone joining in at “o’erwhelm” or entering one by one until the end. Since this comes from a convent, try the original voicing by having choir women sing in three parts—the first line with the tenor up an octave, the second line with the tenor as written.
— Greg Scheer

Come, Light, Light of God

Hymn Story/Background

In trying to track down the composer of this song that came from the Community of Grandchamp, a Swiss Convent, I wrote a friend who lived at the time in Germany near the Swiss border and learned that she lived within walking distance of the convent!  She offered to visit the Community so I could learn not only the composer’s name, but also obtain contact information so I could seek permission to include this song in Sing! A New Creation (2001), which I was editing at the time.  I called and met Sister Heidi over the phone, and we had a mutually delightful conversation.  She graciously gave permission to use it as I had edited it in four parts from her three-part setting for women’s voices that had been included in Thuma mina, an international ecumenical hymnbook published in Basil and Munich in 1995.
— Emily Brink

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