1) You’ll Come – Brooke Fraser (Hillsong). This one seems to be overlooked among Brooke’s songs, but not when I’m leading worship!
2) Let God Arise – Chris Tomlin. Great for a rocking Advent opener.
3) Advent Song – Matthew Anderson. Self-serving here, but it’s one of my most-used worship songs. It was written as an Advent liturgy. Listen to it and find chords/music here.
4) The Fall – Gungor.
5) This Is Not The End – Gungor. These two songs lament our sin and brokenness and proclaim they are not God’s end for us, respectively. The latter would be a powerful way to close an Advent service.
6) Build Your Kingdom Here – Rend Collective Experiment. This is what Advent is all about. We long for God’s kingdom of peace and wholeness to come, on earth as it is in heaven.
7) Everlasting God – Brown/Riley. This popular song is great for Advent with its themes of waiting.
8) Song of Hope – Robbie Seay Band. A Christian radio station favorite that expresses the present longing of Advent: “God of heaven come down, heaven come down.”
9) Hosanna – Paul Baloche. Hosanna means “Come, save us,” so songs with this language are perfect for Advent. The same goes for…
10) Hosanna – Brooke Fraser. The bridge of this song is gold.
11) Lord Have Mercy – Merkel, recorded by M.W. Smith. Lent is the church’s season of repentance, but it’s a part of Advent, too, as we long for our lives to reflect God’s presence.
12) Desert Song – Fraser. Having an Advent faith means worshipping in the midst of trial, even when we don’t sense God’s presence in our lives. This song expresses that hope beautifully.
13) Glory Be – Sojourn. A pleasant song from this skilled Kentucky church group with the simple prayer, “O come, come Messiah,” leading to a bridge that poetically expresses what Advent is all about.
14) Joy to the World – Jaime Barnes (Sojourn). Did you know Joy to the World is in the Advent section of the Lutheran hymnal (ELW)? This gorgeous new setting sets a reflective, intimate tone. You have to hear it.
15) O Come O Come Emmanuel – check out arrangements by Future of Forestry (their Advent Christmas EP is on iTunes), Sojourn (also available on iTunes), Lincoln Brewster (Joy to the World album), or write your own.
Do you have other ideas? Happy planning!