Art for Advent

To accompany City Church's 2014 Advent Theme, we're issuing a call for artwork across various media to further our worship of God in the time of waiting for the coming of Jesus. This year's theme is O Come, O Come, Emmanuel and it will be built around four verses of the familiar Advent hymn. O Come, O Come Emmanuel is a hymn that was translated from a Latin text in the mid-19th Century by an English pastor and hymn writer named John Neale. The Latin text derives from a more ancient music style called Antiphons, and is thought to have been written by the 12th Century. The text is based on a passage from the Biblical prophet Isaiah that promises Emmanuel or 'God with us.' The Gospel of Matthew picks up Isaiah's prophecy and indicates that the birth of Jesus is the fulfillment of the prophecy of Emmanuel.

Although the hymn has eight verses we will focus on four during the Sundays of Advent, using the Old Testament passages on which each verse is based for the weekly sermon text. These Biblical texts are Isaiah 7:10-17, Isaiah 11:1-9, Isaiah 22:1-25 , and Haggai 2:1-9. The corresponding verses of the hymn are printed below.

Whatever your art form and whatever your skill level, we encourage you to create art in response to this Advent theme and these texts. Art has the ability to enrich our corporate experience of God's truth and is particularly germane to the special seasons of the church calendar. Advent begins on Sunday, November 30th this year. Therefore, we need to receive completed pieces by November 23rd.

We hope to use some of the art Advent worship services or as part of our Advent bulletin. Furthermore Kim Nix and the City Church Art Team will be organizing an exhibition on Sunday, December 14th, to showcase all of the art produced.

If you have questions about this opportunity or want more information, please contact Kim Nix ( or a member of the church staff.

O come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear.


REFRAIN: Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.


O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free Thine own from Satan’s tyranny; From depths of hell Thy people save, And give them victory over the grave.


O come, Thou Key of David, come, And open wide our heavenly home; Make safe the way that leads on high, And close the path to misery.


O come, Desire of nations, bind In one the hearts of all mankind; Bid Thou our sad divisions cease, And be Thyself our King of Peace.