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Advent Hymn (Watching, Waiting, Longing)

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Advent Hymn (Watching, Waiting, Longing)

Label: Lifeway Worship
Number of Tracks:1
Total Time:00:04:11
From the Album: Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations
Formats: Christian AC, Christmas
Available Date & Time:  November 5th, 2021
Impact Date: November 25th, 2021

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“A perfect and needed addition to any Christmas playlist this year. Rick Lee James bringing home the Advent Message.”

-CCM Magazine (Link to story)

“I love Advent Hymn (Watching, Waiting, Longing), which gives newness to the phrases of Isaiah. Watching, waiting, and longing is what we do now, and these songs help us do that in confidence. I anticipate that this album will be received as a great gift by many who will find their faith nourished and awakened by it.”

– Walter Brueggemann (Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary)

"I've watched Rick grow as an artist and songwriter for many years. Congratulations brother on an excellent independent release."

-Paul Baloche (Dove Award Winning Songwriter)

"Rick Lee James is a poet and singer. You will not only enjoy listening, you'll be drawn into the source – Jesus."

-Mike Harland (Director of Lifeway Worship Resources)

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Rick Lee James Bio

Rick Lee James is an acclaimed singer/songwriter, worship leader, author, speaker and podcast host. His recordings include Basement Psalms Live and Hymns, Prayers & Invitations. James' 2018 hit, “Advent Hymn,” remained at #1 on Christian Radio Weekly’s “CRW Adds Chart” for seven consecutive weeks. The song has been played on over 1100 radio stations in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
James' book, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through The Psalms, has been used as a textbook for the National Praise & Worship Institute at Trevecca Nazarene University. He has also been a contributor to Worship Leader magazine, Holiness Today, The Table and His podcast, “Voices In My Head,” has featured such leading singer/songwriters as Andrew Peterson, Sara Groves, Jason Gray, Michael Card and Paul Baloche.

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Song Lyrics

Advent Hymn (Watching, Waiting, Longing)

Verse 1

Heaven sent a child to save us, light for all to see

Helpless baby, mighty savior, holy mystery.

Unto us a son is given, born in Bethlehem

Lamb of God the light of nations, God in flesh became


Watching, waiting, longing for the day

When His people would glorify the Name above all names

Verse 2

For the joy that lay before Him, chose our agony

Jesus bore the wrath of Calvary, washing sinners clean.

Our Messiah, Christ our brother, word of God in flesh

Loosed the chains that held us captive, broke the bonds of death


Watching, waiting, longing for the day

When His people would glorify the Name above all names

Verse 3

So we wait with expectation for His Advent here.

Bride of Christ, His word proclaimed for all  the world to hear.

He will come in clouds descending at the trumpet sound

In the light of Christ our Savior every knee will bow.

Final Chorus

Born in an manger, dying on a tree

Rising Easter morning to set His people free

Watching, waiting, longing for the day

When all nations will glorify the Name above all names

Words and Music by Rick Lee James and Ted Rastatter  © Copyright 2011, Assigned 2015 McKinney Music, Inc. (BMI)/Broadman Press (SESAC) (both admin. by LifeWay Worship c/o Music Services, All rights reserved. CCLI #6152291