From various places in the congregation, voices will speak out the lines. Since they are short Scripture passages from the Advent Scriptures, they should be memorized.
Voice 1: "From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him." (Isaiah 64:4, NRSV)
Voice 2: "Because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus . . . you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ." (I Corinthians 1:4b,7, NRSV)
Voice 3: "Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together." (Isaiah 40:5, NRSV)
Voice 4: "Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation." (II Peter 3:14-15, NRSV)
Voice 5: "The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.' " (Mark 1:3, NRSV)
Voice 6: "I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness." (Isaiah 61:10, NRSV)
Voice 7: "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." (I Thessalonians 5:16-18, NRSV)
Voice 8: "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word. My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior." (Luke 1:38,46, NRSV)
Voice 9: "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness — on them light has shined." (Isaiah 9:2, NRSV)
Immediately following Voice 9, the lights would come up full, and the introduction for the congregational hymn would begin.
"Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light," No. 223, United Methodist Hymnal (or for a more contemporary service, "Shine, Jesus Shine," No. 2173, The Faith We Sing)
The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U. S. A. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Copyright © 1999 by Dr. Jeffrey N. Cartwright. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Dr. Jeffrey N. Cartwright is the pastor of Union Deposit United Methodist Church in Hershey, Pennsylvania.