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Dayspring – Reading for 3 Voices

Here is an Advent/Christmas Eve reading for 3 voices based on Luke 1:67-79 (Zechariah’s Song).  It weaves together two spoken voices with a sung refrain.  The refrain is from the traditional Appalachian spiritual, “Bright Morning Stars.”  The song has been recorded by many and the sheet music is readily available from a variety of sources.  Here is one place to look: Amidon Music

It is a simple arrangement but rehearsal is advance will be important to get the pacing and timing right.

Note: I am grateful to scriptureecho.com for their creative resources that have inspired me.


Singer(s):            “Bright morning stars are rising.  Bright morning stars are rising.  Bright morning stars are rising.  Day is a’breaking in my soul.

Reader 1:          Praise to the God of Israel and of all of us.  

Reader 2:          For you are rescuing us…

Reader 1:          … rescuing us…

Reader 2:          …you are rescuing us from our enemies…

Reader 1:          …and removing our fear.

Reader 1:          You are removing our fear.

Reader 2:          Removing our fear.

Singer(s):            “Bright morning stars are rising.  Bright morning stars are rising.  Bright morning stars are rising.  Day is a’breaking in my soul. 

Reader 1:          John, son of Zechariah and Elizabeth… 

Reader 2:          …John was called a prophet of the Most High.

Reader 1:          He prepared the way for the Christ-child. 

Reader 2:          He pointed the way…

Reader 1:          … made the paths straight… 

Reader 2:          …filled valleys…

Reader 1:          …levelled mountains… 

Reader 2:          …straightened crooked roads…

Reader 1:          …and smoothed rough ways… 

Reader 2:          …smoothed rough ways.

Reader 1:          Smoothed.     Rough.     Ways. 

Reader 2:          And gave us all the knowledge of salvation from our tender God.

Singer(s):            “Bright morning stars are rising.  Bright morning stars are rising.  Bright morning stars are rising.  Day is a’breaking in my soul. 

Reader 1:          Dayspring is rising.  

Reader 2:          Morningstar is rising.

Reader 1:          The Christ-child is rising… 

Reader 2:          …to shine on those living in darkness…

Reader 1:          …to shine on all of us. 

Reader 2:          All of us.

Reader 1:          All of us. 

Reader 2:          All.     Of.     Us.

Reader 1:          Dayspring is rising to shine on those living in darkness… 

Reader 2:          …and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Reader 1:          To guide our feet. 

Reader 2:          Guide our feet into the way.

Reader 1:          Guide our feet into the way of peace. 

Reader 2:          Dayspring is rising to shine on those living in darkness… 

Reader 2:          …and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Singer(s):            “Bright morning stars are rising.  Bright morning stars are rising.  Bright morning stars are rising.  Day is a’breaking in my soul.


© Rev. Kevin Goldenbogen, 2017

Kevin Goldenbogen is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ serving Charlotte Congregational Church in northwestern Vermont. He skis, runs, bakes bread, rides a red Vespa, and tries every day to follow Jesus. He is married to the perfect woman and has two boys who he loves beyond words.

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