Carol, A desert voice rings out — Duncan Wilson, UK

Written for the Third Sunday of Advent, Year A
Tune:  Cecilia (6.6.6.6) 

A desert voice rings out
to bring the faithful near;
a voice that’s firm and strong,
a call that’s loud and clear.

A voice that rings with truth
reminds us how we fall
but lifts us up again
and then renews our call.

We need that voice again
to pierce our world of gloom
with words that urge our hearts
to make the Saviour room.

That Advent voice makes bold
the promise in God’s claim
that pain and wrong will cease
as Jesus comes to reign.

We know that voice again
whenever grace is shown
in acts that, like our Lord’s,
proclaim the New World’s dawn.

Let’s hear that voice with joy.
Its work, though not complete,
will press the message home –
let peace and justice meet.