Hymn of the Week for 3/17/19- I Bind Unto Myself Today


Verse 1

I bind unto myself today the strong name of the Trinity by invocation of the same,

The Three in One and One in Three.

Verse 2

I bind this day to me forever, by pow'r of faith, Christ's incarnation,

His baptism in the Jordan river, his cross of death for my salvation,

His bursting from the spiced tomb, his riding up the heav'nly way, 

His coming at the day of doom, I bind unto myself today.

Verse 3

I bind unto myself today the virtues of the starlit heaven,

The glorious sun's life-giving ray,...the whiteness of the moon at even,

The flashing of the lightning free, the whirling wind's tempestuous shocks,

The stable earth, the deep salt sea, around the old eternal rocks.

Verse 4

Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me,

Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me.

Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,

Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

Verse 5

I bind unto myself the name, the strong name of the Trinity by invocation of the same,

The Three in One and One in Three.

Of whom all nature has creation, eternal Father, Spirit, Word. 

Praise to the Lord of my salvation; salvation is of Christ the Lord!

Text: St. Patrick, paraphrased Cecil Francis Alexander



Verse 1

O Lord, throughout these forty days you prayed and kept the fast;

Inspire repentance for our sin, and free us from our past.


Verse 2

You strove with Satan, and you won; your faithfulness endured;

Lend us your nerve, your skill and trust in God's eternal word.


Verse 3

Though parched and hungry, yet you prayed and fixed your mind above;

So teach us to deny ourselves that we may know God's love.


Verse 4

Be with us through this season, Lord, and all our earthly days,

That when the final Easter dawns, we join in heaven's praise.


Text: Hernaman, para. Gilbert E. Doan Jr. (Copyright 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship)

Tune: CONSOLATION (arr. Beck copyright 1969 Concordia Publishing House)


Verse 1

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;

he is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;

he has loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword:

his truth is marching on.


Glory, glory! Hallelujah! Glory, glory! Hallelujah!

Glory, glory! Hallelujah! His truth is marching on.

Verse 2

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;

he is sifting out the hearts of men before his judgment seat.

Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer him; be jubilant, my feet!

Our God is marching on.  (Refrain)

Verse 3

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,

with a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me.

As he dies to make men holy, let us live to make men free,

while God is marching on. (Refrain)


Text: Julia Ward Howe





Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love, show us how to serve the neighbors we have from you.


Verse 1

Kneels at the feet of his friends, silently washes their feet,

Master who acts as a slave to them.  (To Refrain)


Verse 2

Neighbors are wealthy and poor, varied in color and race,

Neighbors are nearby and far away. (To Refrain)


Verse 3

These are the ones we will serve, these are the ones we will love;

All these are neighbors to us and you. (To Refrain)


Verse 4

Kneel at the feet of our friends, silently washing their feet:

This is the way we will live with you. (To Refrain)


Text: Tom Colvin

Tune: CHEREPONI  (Text and Music Copyright 1969 Hope Publishing Company)