Hymn of the Week for 7/22/18- Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound

Text:

 

Verse 1

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now am found; was blind, but now I see.

 

Verse 2

"Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved;

How precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed!

 

Verse 3

Through many dangers, toils, and snares I have already come;

'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.

 

Verse 4

The Lord has promised good to me; his word my hope secures;

He will my shield and portion be as long as life endures.

 

Verse 5

When we've been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun,

We've no less days to sing God's praise than when we'd first begun.

 

Text: John Newton

Tune: NEW BRITAIN

Special Note: I mention in the video that Excell's birth of music was at a revival-this refers to his birth of music as worship, before that he was a musician. Excell is the arranger of the tune.

The tune itself was composed by W. Walker and is found in Southern Harmony

Text:

Verse 1

Lead on, O King eternal! The day of march has come;

Henceforth in fields of conquest your tents will be our home.

Through days of preparation your grace has made us strong;

And now, O King eternal, we lift our battle song.

 

Verse 2

Lead on, O King eternal, till sin's fierce war shall cease,

And holiness shall whisper the sweet amen of peace;

For not with swords loud clashing, nor roll of stirring drums,

But deeds of love and mercy the heav'nly kingdom comes.

 

Verse 3

Lead on, O King eternal: we follow, not with fears,

For gladness breaks like morning where e'er your face appears.

Your cross is lifted o'er us; we journey in its light;

The crown awaits the conquest; lead on, O God of might!

 

Text: Ernest W. Shurtleff

Tune: LANCASHIRE

Text:

Verse 1

In Christ called to baptize, we witness to grace

And gather a people from each land and race.

In deep, flowing waters, we share in Christ's death,

Then, rising to new life, give thanks with each breath.

 

Verse 2

In Christ called to banquet, one table we share,

A haven of welcome, a circle of care.

Although we are many, we share in one bread.

One cup of thanksgiving proclaims Christ, our head.

 

Verse 3

In Christ called to witness, by grace we will preach

The life giving gospel; God's love we will teach.

By grace may our living give proof to our praise

In costly compassion reflecting Christ's ways.

 

Verse 4

Unite us, anoint us, O Spirit of love,

For you are within us, around us, above.

Equip us for service with gifts you bestow.

In Christ is our calling. In Christ may we grow.

 

Text: Ruth Duck (Copyright 1995 Pilgrim Press)

Tune: ST. DENIO

Text:

Verse 1

Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father; there is no shadow of turning with thee;

Thou changest not, thy compassions they fail not; as thou hast been, thou forever wilt be.

 

Refrain

Great is thy faithfulness! (2x)

Morning by morning new mercies I see

All I have needed thy hand hath provided; great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.

 

Verse 2

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest, sun, moon, and stars in their courses above

Join with all nature in manifold witness to thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.  To Refrain

 

Verse 3

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;

Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!  To Refrain

 

Text: Thomas Chisholm

Tune: FAITHFULNESS

Copyright 1951 Hope Publishing Company Text and Tune

 

Text:

Verse 1

Eternal Father, strong to save, whose arm has bound the restless wave,

Who bade the mighty ocean deep its own appointed limits keep:

Oh, hear us when we cry to thee for those in peril on the sea.

 

Verse 2

O Savior, whose almighty word the winds and waves submissive heard,

Who walked upon the foaming deep, and calm amid the storm didst sleep:

Oh, hear us when we cry to thee for those in peril on the sea.

 

Verse 3

O Holy Spirit, who didst brood upon the chaos dark and rude,

And bid its angry tumult cease, and give for wild confusion, peace:

Oh, hear us when we cry to thee for those in peril on the sea.

 

Verse 4

O Trinity of love and pow'r, all trav'lers guard in danger's hour,

From rock and tempest, fire and foe, protect them whereso e'er they go;

Thus evermore shall rise to thee glad hymns and praise from land and sea.

 

Text: William Whiting

Tune: MELITA

 

Text:

Verse 1

Let us build a house where love can dwell and all can safely live,

A place where saints and children tell how hearts learn to forgive.

Built of hopes and dreams and visions, rock of faith and vault of grace;

Here the love of Christ shall end divisions:

 

Refrain

All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place.

 

Verse 2

Let us build a house where prophets speak, and words are strong and true,

Where all God's children dare to seek to dream God's reign a new.

Here the cross shall stand as witness and as symbol of God's grace;

Here as one we claim the faith of Jesus:  Refrain

 

Verse 3

Let us build a house where love is found in water, wine and wheat:

A banquet hall on holy ground where peace and justice meet.

Here the love of God, through Jesus, is revealed in time and space;

As we share in Christ the feast that frees us: Refrain

 

Verse 4

Let us build a house where hands will reach beyond the wood and stone

To heal and strengthen, serve and teach, and live the Word they've known.

Here the outcast and the stranger bear the image of God's face;

Let us bring an end to fear and danger: Refrain

 

Verse 5

Let us build a house where all are named, their songs and visions heard

And loved and treasured, taught and claimed as words within the Word.

Built of tears and cries and laughter, prayers of faith and songs of grace,

Let this house proclaim from floor to rafter: Refrain

 

Text and Music:  Marty Haugen Copyright 1994 GIA Publications, Inc.

Tune: TWO OAKS

 

Text:

Verse 1

Built on a rock the church shall stand, even when steeples are falling;

Crumbled have spires in ev'ry land, bells still are chiming and calling-

Calling the young and old to rest, calling the souls of those distressed,

Longing for life everlasting.

 

Verse 2

Surely, in temples made with hands God the Most High is not dweliing-

High in the heavn's his temple stands, all earthly temples excelling.

Yet God who dwells in heav'n above deigns to abide with us in love, 

Making our bodies his temple.

 

Verse 3

Christ builds a house of living stones: we are his own habitation;

He fills our hearts, his humble thrones, granting us life and salvation.

Where two or three will seek his face, he in their midst will show his grace,

Blessings upon them bestowing.

 

Verse 4

Yet in this house, an earthly frame, Jesus the children is blessing;

Hither we come to praise his name, faith in our Savior confessing.

Jesus to us his Spirit sent, making with us his covenant, 

Granting his children the kingdom.

 

Verse 5

Through all the passing years, O Lord, grant that, when church bells are ringing,

Many may come to hear your Word, who here this promise is bringing:

"I know my own, my own know me; you, not the world, my face shall see;

My peace I leave with you. Amen."

 

Text: Grundtvig, trans. Doving

Tune: KIRKEN DEN ER ET GAMMELT HUS

Text:

Verse 1

Christ is alive! Let Christians sing. The cross stands empty to the sky.

Let streets and homes with praises ring. Love, drowned in death, shall never die.

 

Verse 2

Christ is alive! No longer bound to distant years in Palestine,

But saving, healing, here and now, and touching ev'ry place and time.

 

Verse 3

In ev'ry insult, rift, and war, where color, scorn, or wealth divide,

Christ suffers still, yet loves the more, and lives, where even hope has died.

 

Verse 4

Women and me, in age and youth, can feel the Spirit, hear the call,

And find the way, the life, the truth, revealed in Jesus, freed for all.

 

Verse 5

Christ is alive, and comes to bring good news to this and ev'ry age,

Till earth and sky and ocean ring with joy, with justice, love, and praise.

 

Text: Brian A . Wren (Copyright 1995 Hope Publishing Company)

Tune: TRURO

 

 

 

Text:

Verse 1

When long before time and the worlds were begun,

When there was no earth and no sky and no sun,

And all was deep silence and night reigned supreme,

And even our Maker had only a dream.

 

Verse 2

The silence was broken when God sang the Song,

And light pierced the darkness and rhythm began,

And with its first birth cries creation was born,

And creaturely voices sang praise to the morn.

 

Verse 3

The sounds of the creatures were one with their Lord's,

Their harmonies sweet and befitting the Word;

The Singer was pleased as the earth sang the Song,

The choir of the creatures reechoed it long.

 

Verse 4

Though down through the ages the Song disappeared,

Its harmonies broken and almost unheard,

The Singer comes to us to sing it again,

Our God is with us in the world now as then.

 

Verse 5

The Light has returned as it came once before,

The Song of the Lord is our own song once more,

So let us all sing with one heart and one voice

The Song of the Singer in whom we rejoice.

 

Verse 6

To you, God the Singer, our voice we raise.

To you, Song Incarnate, we give all our praise,

To you, Holy Spirit, our life and our breath,

Be glory forever, through life and through death.

 

Text: Peter W.A. Davison (Copyright Peter Davison, admin. Augsburg Fortress)

Tune: THE SINGER AND THE SONG (Arrangement copyrighted George Black)

 

Text:

Refrain

Spirit, Spirit of gentleness, blow through the wilderness calling and free;

Spirit, Spirit of restlessness, stir  me from placidness, wind, wind on the sea.

 

Verse 1

You moved on the waters, you called to the deep,

Then you coaxed up the mountains from the valleys of sleep;

And over the eons you called to each thing:

"Awake from your slumbers and rise on your wings."  To Refrain

 

Verse 2

You swept through the desert, you stung with the sand,

And you goaded your people with a law and a land;

And when they were blinded with idols and lies,

Then you spoke through your prophets to open their eyes. To Refrain

 

Verse 3

You sang in a stable, you cried from a hill,

Then you whispered in silence when the whole world was still;

And down in the city you called once again,

When you blew through your people on the rush of the wind. To Refrain

 

Verse 4

You call from tomorrow, you break ancient schemes.

From the bondage of sorrow all the captives dream dreams;

Our women see visions, our men clear their eyes.

With bold new decisions your people arise. To Refrain

 

Text and music: James K. Manley Copyright 1978 James K. Manley

 

Text:

Verse 1

Oh, for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer's praise,

The glories of my God and king, the triumphs of his grace!

 

Verse 2

My gracious Master and my God, assist me to proclaim,

To spread through all the earth abroad the honors of your name.

 

Verse 3

The name of Jesus charms our fears and bids our sorrows cease,

Sings music in the sinner's ears, brings life and health and peace.

 

Verse 4

He speaks, and list'ning to his voice, new life the dead receive;

The mournful, broken hearts rejoice, the humble poor believe.

 

Verse 5

Look unto him, your Savior own, O fallen human race!

Look and be saved through faith alone, be justified by grace!

 

Verse 6

To God all glory, praise and love be now and ever giv'n

By saints below and saints above, the church in earth and heav'n.

 

Text: Charles Wesley

Tune: AZMON

Text:

 

Refrain

Now the feast and celebration, all of creation sings for joy

To the God of life and love and freedom; praise and glory forevermore!

 

Verse 1

Now is the feast of the Lamb once slain

Whose blood has freed and united us to be one great people of God. To Refrain


Verse 2

Power and riches, wisdom and might,

All honor and glory to Christ forever. To Refrain

 

Verse 3

For God has come to dwell with us, to make us people of God;

To make all things new.  To Refrain

 

Text and Music: Marty Haugen (Copyright 1990 GIA Publications, Inc.)

Text:

Verse 1

Thine the amen thine the praise alleluias angels raise

Thine the everlasting head thine the breaking of the bread

Thine the glory thine the story thine the harvest then the cup

Thine the vineyard then the cup is lifted up lifted up.

 

Verse 2

Thine the life eternally thine the promise let there be

Thine the vision thine the tree all the earth on bended knee

Gone the nailing gone the railing gone the pleading gone the cry

Gone the sighing gone the dying what was loss lifted high.


Verse 3

Thine the truly thine the yes thine the table we the guest

Thine the mercy all from thee thine the glory yet to be

Then the ringing and the singing then the end of all the war

Thine the living thine the loving evermore evermore.

 

Verse 4

Thine the kingdom thine the prize thine the wonder full surprise

Thine the banquet then the praise then the justice of thy ways

Thine the glory thine the story then the welcome to the least

Then the wonder all increasing at thy feast at thy feast.

 

Verse 5

Thine the glory in the night no more dying only light

Thine the river thine the tree then the Lamb eternally

Then the holy holy holy celebration jubilee

Thine the splendor thine the brightness only thee only thee.

 

Text: Herbert F. Brokering (Copyright 1983 Augsburg Publishing House)

Tune: THINE (Carl F. Schalk-Copyright 1983 Augsburg Publishing House)

Text:

My Jesus, my Savior, Lord, there is none like you.

All of my days I want to praise the wonders of your mighty love.

My comfort, my shelter, tower of refuge and strength;

Let ev'ry breath, all that I am never cease to worship you.

Shout to the Lord, all the earth; let us sing 

Power and majesty, praise to the King.

Mountains bow down and the seas will roar at the sound of your name.

I sing for joy at the work of your hands;

Forever I'll love you, forever I'll stand.

Nothing compares to the promise I have in you.

 

Text: Darlene Zschech

Tune: SHOUT TO THE LORD

Copyright 1993 Darlene Zschech/Hillsong Publishing

 

 

Text:

Verse 1

Christ is risen! Alleluia! Risen our victorious head!

Sing his praises! Alleluia! Christ is risen from the dead!

Gratefully our hearts adore him as his light once more appears;

Bowing down in joy before him, rising up from grief and tears.

 

Refrain

Christ is risen! Alleluia! Risen our victorious head!

Sing his praises! Alleluia! Christ is risen from the dead!

 

Verse 2

Christ is risen! All the sadness of our Lenten fast is o'er;

Through the open gates of gladness he returns to life once more;

Death and hell before him bending, see him rise, the victor now,

Angels on his steps attending, glory round his wounded brow.  Refrain

 

Verse 3

Christ is risen! All the sorrow that last evening round him lay

Now has found a glorious morrow in the rising of today.

See the grave its first-fruits springing, springing up from holy ground;

Christ was dead, but now is living; he was lost, but he is found.  Refrain

 

Verse 4

Christ is risen! Henceforth never death or hell shall us enthrall.

We are Christ's, in him forever we have triumphed over all.

All the doubting and dejection of our trembling hearts have ceased;

Hail the day of resurrection! Let us rise and keep the feast.  Refrain

 

Text: Monsell

Tune: MORGENLIED

 

Text:

Verse 1

We walk by faith and not by sight;

With gracious words draw near,

O Christ, who spoke as none e'er spoke:

"My peace be with you here."

 

Verse 2

We may not touch your hands and side, 

Nor follow where you trod;

But in your promise we rejoice,

And cry, "My Lord and God!"

 

Verse 3

Help then, O Lord, our unbelief;

And may our faith abound

To call on you when you are near

And seek where you are found:

 

Verse 4

For you, O resurrected Lord,

Are found in means divine:

Beneath the water and the word,

Beneath the bread and wine.

 

Verse 5

And when our life of faith is done,

In realms of clearer light

May we behold you as you are,

With full and endless sight.

 

Text: Henry Alford

Tune: SHANTI  Copyright 1984 GIA Publications, Inc.

 

 

Text:

 

Verse 1

Jesus Christ is ris'n today, Alleluia!

Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!

Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!

Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

 

Verse 2

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!

Unto Christ, our heav'nly king, Alleluia!

Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!

Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

 

Verse 3

But the pains which he endured, Alleluia!

Our salvation have procured; Alleluia!

Now above the sky he's king, Alleluia!

Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

 

Verse 4

Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!

Praise eternal as his love; Alleluia!

Praise him, all you heav'nly host, Alleluia!

Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!

 

Text: Latin carol, Verses 1-3 tr. J. Walsh, Verse 4 Charles Wesley

Tune: EASTER HYMN

Text:

 

Verse 1

Jesus, keep me near the cross, there's a precious fountain;

Free to all, a healing stream flows from Calv'ry's mountain.

 

Refrain

In the cross, in the cross, be my glory ever;

Till my ransomed soul shall find rest beyond the river.

 

Verse 2

Near the cross, a trembling soul, love and mercy found me;

There the bright and morning star sheds its beams around me. Refrain

 

Verse 3

Near the cross! O Lamb of God, bring its scenes before me;

Help me walk from day to day with its shadow o'er me. Refrain

 

Verse 4

Near the cross I'll watch and wait, hoping, trusting ever,

Till I reach the golden strand just beyond the river. Refrain

 

Text: Fanny J. Crosby

Tune: NEAR THE CROSS

Text:

Verse 1

Christ, the life of all the living, Christ, the death of death, our foe,

Christ, yourself for me once giving to the darkest depths of woe:

Through your suff'ring death, and merit life eternal I inherit.

Thousand, thousand thanks are due, dearest Jesus, unto you.

 

Verse 2

You have suffered great affliction and have borne it patiently,

Even death by crucifixion, fully to atone for me;

For you chose to be tormented that my doom should be prevented.

Thousand, thousand thanks are due, dearest Jesus, unto you.

 

Verse 3

Then, for all that bought my pardon, for the sorrows deep and sore,

For the anguish in the garden, I will thank you evermore;

Thank you for the groaning, sighing, for the bleeding and the dying,

For that last triumphant cry, praise you evermore on high.

 

Text: Ernst Christoph Homburg

Tune: JESU, MEINES LEBENS LEBEN

Text:

Verse 1

Your only Son, no sin to hide, but you have sent him from your side

To walk upon this guilty sod and to become the Lamb of God.

 

Refrain

O Lamb of God, sweet Lamb of God, I love the holy Lamb of God.

Oh, wash me in your precious blood, my Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God.

 

Verse 2

Your gift of love we crucified. We laughed and scorned him as he died.

The humble king we named a fraud and sacrificed the Lamb of God. Refrain

 

Verse 3

I was so lost, I should have died, but you have brought me to your side

To be led by your staff and rod and to be called a lamb of God. Refrain

 

Text and Music: Twila Paris Copyright 1985 Straightway Music

Text:

Verse 1

Come! Live in the light! Shine with the joy and the love of the Lord!

We are called to be light for the kingdom, to live in the freedom of the city of God.

 

Refrain

We are called to act with justice, we are called to love tenderly;

We are called to serve one another, to walk with humbly with God.

 

Verse 2

Come! Open your heart! Show your mercy to all those in fear!

We are called to be hope for the hopeless so hatred and blindness will be no more. Refrain

 

Verse 3

Sing! Sing a new song! Sing of that great day when all will be one!

God will reign, and we'll walk with each other as sisters and brothers united in love. Refrain

 

Text and Music: David Haas, Copyright 1988 GIA Publications, Inc. 

 

Text:

Verse 1

In the cross of Christ I glory, tow'ring o'er the wrecks of time.

All the light of sacred story gathers round its head sublime.

 

Verse 2

When the woes of life o'ertake me, hopes deceive, and fears annoy,

Never shall the cross forsake me; lo, it glows with peace and joy.

 

Verse 3

When the sun of bliss is beaming light and love upon my way,

From the cross the radiance streaming adds more luster to the day.

 

Verse 4

Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure, by the cross are sanctified;

Peace is there that knows no measure, joys that through all time abide.

 

Text: John Bowring

Tune: RATHBUN

 

Text:

Verse 1

Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling, calling for you and for me.

See, on the portals he's waiting and watching, watching for you and for me.

 

Refrain

"Come home, come home! You who are weary, come home."

Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, calling, "O sinner, come home!"

 

Verse 2

Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading, pleading for you and for me?

Why should we linger and heed not his mercies, mercies for you and for me? Refrain

 

Verse 3

Oh, for the wonderful love he has promised, promised for you and for me!

Though we have sinned, he has mercy and pardon, pardon for you and for me. Refrain

 

Text: Will L. Thompson

Tune: THOMSPON

 

Text:

Verse 1

Thy strong word did cleave the darkness;

At thy speaking it was done.

For created light we thank thee,

While thine ordered seasons run.

Refrain

Alleluia! Alleuia! Praise to thee who light dost send!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia without end!

Verse 2

Lo, on those who dwelt in darkness,

Dark as night and deep as death,

Broke the light of thy salvation,

Breathed thine own life-breathing breath.  Refrain

Verse 3

Thy strong Word bespeaks us righteous;

Bright with thine own holiness,

Glorious now, we press toward glory,

And our lives our hopes confess. Refrain

Verse 4

From the cross thy wisdom shining 

Breaketh forth in conqu'ring might;

From the cross forever beameth

All thy bright redeeming light. Refrain

Verse 5

Give us lips to sing thy glory,

Tongues thy mercy to proclaim,

Throats that shout the hope that fills us,

Mouths to speak thy holy name.

Alleluia! Alleluia!

May the light which thou dost send

Fill our songs with alleluias,

Alleluias without end!

Verse 6

God the Father, light-creator,

To thee laud and honor be.

To thee, Light of Light begotten,

Praise be sung eternally.

Holy Spirit, light-revealer,

Glory, glory be to thee.

Mortals, angels, now and ever

Praise the holy Trinity!

 

Text: Martin H. Franzmann (Copyright 1969 Concordia Publishing House)

Tune: EBENEZER

 

 

 

 

Text:

Verse 1

Praise the One who breaks the darkness with a liberating light;

Praise the One who frees the pris'ners, turning blindness into sight.

Praise the One who preached the gospel, healing ev'ry dread disease,

Calming storms and feeding thousands with the very bread of peace.

 

Verse 2

Praise the One who blessed the children with a strong yet gentle word;

Praise the One who drove out demons with a piercing, two-edged sword.

Praise the One who brings cool water to the desert's burning sand;

From this well comes living water quenching thirst in ev'ry land.

 

Verse 3

Praise the one true love incarnate: Christ, who suffered in our place;

Jesus died and rose for many that we may know God by grace.

Let us sing for joy and gladness, seeing what our God has done.

Praise the one redeeming glory; praise the One who makes us one.

 

Text: Rusty Edwards (Copyright 1987 Hope Publishing)

Tune: NETTLETON

Text:

Verse 1

On our way rejoicing gladly let us go.

Christ our Lord has conquered; vanquished is the foe.

Christ without, our safety; Christ within, our joy;

Who, if we be faithful, can our hope destroy?

On our way rejoicing; as we forward move,

Hearken to our praises, O blest God of love!

 

Verse 2

Unto God the Father joyful songs we sing; 

Unto God the Savior thankful hearts we bring;

Unto God the Spirit bow we and adore,

On our way rejoicing now and evermore.

On our way rejoicing; as we forward move,

Hearken to our praises, O blest God of love!

 

Text: John S. B. Monsell

Tune: HERMAS

Text:

Verse 1

Oh, sing to the Lord, oh, sing God a new song. (3x)

Oh, sing to our God, oh, sing to our God.

 

Verse 2

For God is the Lord, and God has done wonders. (3x)

Oh, sing to our God, oh, sing to our God.

 

Verse 3

So dance for our God and blow all the trumpets. (3x)

Oh, sing to our God, oh, sing to our God.

 

Verse 4

Oh, shout to our God, who gave us the Spirit. (3x)

Oh, sing to our God, oh, sing to our God.

 

Verse 5

For Jesus is Lord! Amen! Alleluia! (3x)

Oh, sing to our God, oh, sing to our God.

 

Text: Brazilian folk song, copyright Gerhard Cartford

Tune: CANTAD AL SENOR

Text:

Verse 1

"I, the Lord of sea and sky, I have heard my people cry.

All who dwell in deepest sin my hand will save.

I, who made the stars of night, I will make their darkness bright.

Who will bear my light to them? Whom shall I send?"

 

Refrain

Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night.

I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.

 

Verse 2

"I, the Lord of snow and rain, I have borne my people's pain.

I have wept for love of them. They turn away.

I will break their hearts of stone, give them hearts for love alone.

I will speak my word to them. Whom shall I send?"  To Refrain

 

Verse 3

"I, the Lord of wind and flame, I will tend the poor and lame.

I will set a feast of them. My hand will save.

Finest bread I will provide till their hearts be satisfied.

I will give my life to them. Whom shall I send?"  To Refrain

 

Text and Music: Daniel L. Schutte, Copyright 1981 OCP Publications, Inc.

 

 

Text:

Verse 1

Songs of thankfulness and praise, Jesus, Lord, to thee we raise;

Manifested by the star to the sages from afar,

Branch of royal David's stem in thy birth at Bethlehem:

Anthems be to thee addressed, God in flesh made manifest.

 

Verse 2

Manifest at Jordan's stream, prophet, priest, and king supreme;

And at Cana wedding guest in thy Godhead manifest;

Manifest in pow'r divine, changing water into wine;

Anthems be to thee addressed, God in flesh made manifest.

 

Verse 3

Manifest in making whole weakened body, fainting soul;

Manifest in valiant fight, quelling all the devil's might;

Manifest in gracious will, ever bringing good from ill:

Anthems be to thee addressed, God in flesh made manifest.

 

Verse 4

Grant us grace to see thee, Lord, present in thy holy word;

Grace to imitate thee now and be pure, as pure art thou;

That we might become like thee at thy great epiphany,

And may praise thee, ever blest, God in flesh made manifest.

 

Text: Christopher Wordsworth

Tune: SALZBURG

 

Text:

Verse 1

It came upon the midnight clear, that glorious song of old,

From angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold:

"Peace on the earth, goodwill to all, from heav'ns all gracious king."

The world in solemn stillness lay to hear the angels.sing.

 

Verse 2

Still through the cloven skies they come with peaceful wings unfurled,

And still their heav'nly music floats o'er all the weary world.

Above its sad and lowly plains they bend on hov'ring wing,

And ever o'er its babel sounds the blessed angels sing.

 

Verse 3

And you, beneath life's crushing load, whose forms are bending low,

Who toil along the climbing way with painful steps and slow:

Look now, for glad and golden hours come swiftly on the wing;

Oh, rest beside the weary road and hear the angels sing!

 

Verse 4

For lo! The days are hast'ning on, by prophets seen of old,

When with the ever circling years shall come the time foretold,

When peace shall over all the earth its ancient splendors fling,

And all the world give back the song which now the angels sing.

 

Text: Edmund H. Sears

Tune: CAROL

 

Text:

 

Verse 1

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant!

O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;

Come and behold him, born the king of angels:

 

Refrain

O come, let us adore him (3x)

Christ the Lord!

 

Verse 2

The highest, most holy, light of light eternal,

Born of a virgin, a mortal he comes;

Son of the Father now in flesh appearing!  To Refrain

 

Verse 3

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,

Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!

Glory to God in the highest:  To Refrain

 

Verse 4

Yes, Lord we greet thee, born this happy morning:

Jesus, to thee be glory giv'n!

Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing:  To Refrain

 

Text: Wade/Oakley

Tune: ADESTE FIDELES

Text:

Verse 1

Lost in the night do the people yet languish,

Longing for morning the darkness to vanquish,

Plaintively sighing with hearts full of anguish.

Will not day come soon? Will not day come soon?

 

Verse 2

Must we be vainly awaiting the morrow?

Shall those who have light no light let us borrow,

Giving no heed to our burden of sorrow?

Will you help us soon? Will you help us soon?

 

Verse 3

Sorrowing wand'rers in darkness yet dwelling,

Dawned has the day of a radiance excelling,

Death's deepest shadows forever dispelling.

Christ is coming soon ! Christ is coming soon!

 

Verse 4

Light o'er the land of the needy is beaming;

Rivers of life through its deserts are streaming,

bringing all peoples a Savior redeeming.

Come and save us soon! Come and save us soon!

 

Text: Olav Lee-copyright 1932 Augsburg Publishing House

Tune: LOST IN THE NIGHT

Text:

Verse 1

On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry announces that the Lord is nigh;

Awake and hearken, for he brings glad tidings of the King of kings!

Verse 2

Then cleansed be ev'ry life from sin; make straight the way for God within,

And let us all our hearts prepare for Christ to come and enter there.

Verse 3

We hail you as our Savior, Lord, our refuge and our great reward;

Without your grace we waste away like flow'rs that wither and decay.

Verse 4

Stretch forth your hand, our health restore, and make us rise to fall no more;

Oh, let your face upon us shine and fill the world with love divine.

Verse 5

All praise to you, eternal Son, whose advent has our freedom won,

Whom with the Father we adore, and Holy Spirit, evermore.

 

Text: Charles Coffin

Tune: PUER NOBIS

Text:

Verse 1

What feast of love is offered here, what banquet come from heaven?

What food of everlasting life, what gracious gift is given?

This, this is Christ the king, the bread come down from heaven.

Oh, taste and see and sing! How sweet the manna given!

 

Verse 2

What light of truth is offered here, what covenant from heaven?

What hope of everlasting life, what wondrous word is given?

This, this is Christ the king, the sun come down from heaven.

Oh, see and hear and sing! The Word of God is given!

 

Verse 3

What wine of love is offered here, what crimson drink from heaven?

What stream of everlasting life, what precious blood is given?

This, this is Christ the king, the sweetest wine of heaven.

Oh, taste and see and sing! The Son of God is given!

 

Text: Delores Dufner, Copyright 1993 OCP Publications

Tune: GREENSLEEVES

Text:

Verse 1

Soon and very soon we are goin' to see the King (3x)

Hallelujah, hallelujah, we're going to see the King!

 

Verse 2

No more cryin' there we are goin' to see the King (3x)

Hallelujah, hallelujah, we're going to see the King!

 

Verse 3

No more dyin' there, we are goin' to see the King (3x)

Hallelujah, hallelujah, we're going to see the King!

 

Verse 4

Soon and very soon we are goin' to see the King (3x)

Hallelujah, hallelujah, we're going to see the King!

Hallelujah (4x)

 

Text and Music: Andrae Crouch Copyright 1976 Bud John Songs, Inc. 

Text:

Verse 1

God, whose giving knows no ending, from your rich and endless store:

Nature's wonder, Jesus' wisdom, costly cross, grave's shattered door.

Gifted by you, we turn to you, off'ring up ourselves in praise;

Thankful song shall rise forever, gracious donor of our days.

 

Verse 2

Skills and time are ours for pressing toward the goals of Christ, your Son:

All at peace in health and freedom, races joined, the church made one.

Now direct our daily labor, lest we strive for self alone;

Born with talents, make us servants fit to answer at your throne.

 

Verse 3

Treasure, too, you have entrusted, gain through powr's your grace conferred;

Ours to use for home and kindred, and to spread the gospel word.

Open wide our hands in sharing, as we heed Christ's ageless call,

Healing, teaching, and reclaiming, serving you by loving all.

 

Tune: RUSTINGTON

Text: Robert L. Edwards-Copyright 1989 The Hymn Society

Text:

Verse 1

This little light of mine, I'm goin'-a let it shine (3x)

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

 

Verse 2

Ev'rywhere I go, I'm goin'-a let it shine (3x)

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

 

Verse 3

Jesus gave it to me, I'm goin'-a let it shine (3x)

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

 

Text:

Verse 1

Shall we gather at the river, where bright angel feet have trod,

With its crystal tide forever flowing by the throne of God?

 

Refrain

Shall we gather at the river, the beautiful, the beautiful river;

Gather with the saints at the river that flows by the throne of God.

 

Verse 2

On the margin of the river, washing up its silver spray,

We will walk and worship ever, all the happy golden day. Refrain

 

Verse 3

Ere we reach the shining river, lay we ev'ry burden down;

Grace our spirits will deliver, and provide a robe and crown. Refrain

 

Verse 4

Soon we'll reach the shining river, soon our pilgrimage will cease;

Soon our happy hearts will quiver with the melody of peace. Refrain

 

Text: Robert Lowry

Tune: HANSON PLACE

Text:

Verse 1

The church's one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord;

She is his new creation by water and the word.

From heav'n he came and sought her to be his holy bride;

With his own blood he bought her, and for her life he died.

 

Verse 2

Elect from ev'ry nation, yet one o'er all the earth,

Her charter of salvation one Lord, one faith, one birth:

One holy name she blesses, partakes one holy food,

And to one hope she presses with ev'ry grace endued.

 

Verse 3

Though with a scornful wonder this world sees her oppressed,

By schisms rent asunder, by heresies distressed,

Yet saints their watch are keeping; their cry goes up: "How long?"

And soon the night of weeping shall be the morn of song.

 

Verse 4

Through toil and tribulation and tumult of her war,

She waits the consummation of peace forevermore;

Till with the vision glorious her longing eyes are blest,

And the great church victorious shall be the church at rest.

 

Verse 5

Yet she on earth has union with God, the Three in One,

And mystic sweet communion with those whose rest is won.

Oh, blessed heav'nly chorus! Lord, save us by your grace,

That we, like saints before us, may see you face to face.

 

Text: Samuel Stone

Tune: AURELIA

Text:

Verse 1

Come, ye thankful people, come; raise the song of harvest home.

All be safely gathered in ere the winter storms begin.

God, our maker, doth provide for our wants to be supplied.

Come to God's own temple, come, raise the song of harvest home.

 

Verse 2

All the world is God's own field, fruit unto his praise to yield;

Wheat and tares together sown, unto joy or sorrow grown.

First the blade, and then the ear, then the full corn shall appear.

Lord of harvest, grant that we wholesome grain and pure may be.

 

Verse 3

For the Lord our God shall come and shall take his harvest home;

From his field shall in that day all offenses purge away;

Give his angels charge at last in the fire the tares to cast,

But the fruitful ears to store in his garner evermore.

 

Verse 4

Even so, Lord quickly come to thy final harvest home.

Gather then thy people in, free from sorrow, free from sin,

There, forever purified, in thy garner to abide.

Come, with all thine angels, come, raise the glorious harvest home!

 

Text: Henry Alford

Tune: ST. GEORGE'S, WINDSOR

Text:

 

Verse 1

Now we join in celebration at our Savior's invitation,

Dressed no more in spirit somber, clothed instead in joy and wonder;

For the Lord of all existence, putting off divine transcendence,

Stoops again in love to meet us, with his very life to feed us.

 

Verse 2

Lord, as round this feast we gather, fill our hearts with holy rapture!

For this bread and cup of blessing are for us the sure possessing

Of your loving deed on Calv'ry, of your living self, our vict'ry,

Pledge of your unfailing presence, foretaste here of heav'nly gladness.

 

Verse 3

Lord, we share in this communion as one fam'ly of God's children,

Reconciled through you, our brother, one in you with God our Father.

Give us grace to live for others, serving all, both friends and strangers,

Seeking justice, love , and mercy till you come in final glory.

 

Text: Joel W. Lundeen (Copyright Joel W. Lundeen, admin. Augsburg Fortress)

Tune: SCHMUECKE DICH

Text:

Verse 1

Spirit of God, descend upon my heart;

Wean it from earth, through all its pulses move;

Stoop to my weakness, strength to me impart,

And make me love you as I ought to love.

 

Verse 2

I ask no dream, no prophet ecstasies,

No sudden rending of the veil of clay,

No angel visitant, no op'ning skies;

But take the dimness of my soul away.

 

Verse 3

Have you not bid me love you, God and King;

All, all your own, soul, heart, and strength, and mind?

I see your cross; there teach my heart to cling.

Oh, let me seek you and, oh, let me find!

 

Verse 4

Teach me to love you as your angels love,

One holy passion filling all my frame:

The baptism of the heav'n descended dove,

My heart an altar, and your love the flame.

 

Text: George Croly

Tune: MORECAMBE

 

Text:

Lord, I lift your name on high;

Lord, I love to sing your praises.

I'm so glad you're in my life.

I'm so glad you came to save us.

You came from heaven to earth to show the way,

From the earth to the cross, my debt to pay,

From the cross to the grave, from the grave to the sky;

Lord, I lift your name on high.

Text and Music: Rick Founds (Copyright 1989 Maranatha Praise)

Text:

Verse 1

Lord of light, your name outshining all the stars and suns of space,

Use our talents in your kingdom as the servants of your grace;

Use us to fulfill your purpose in the gift of Christ your Son.

Father, as in highest heaven, so on earth your will be done.

 

Verse 2

By the toil of faithful workers in some far outlying field,

By the courage where the radiance of the cross is still revealed,

By the victories of meekness, through reproach and suff'ring won:

Father, as in highest heaven, so on earth your will be done.

 

Verse 3

Grant that knowledge, still increasing, at your feet may lowly kneel;

With your grace our triumphs hallow, with your charity our zeal;

Lift the nations from the shadows to the gladness of the sun:

Father, as in highest heaven, so on earth your will be done.

 

Verse 4

By the prayers of faithful watchers, never silent day or night;

By the cross of Jesus, bringing peace to all and healing light;

By the love that passes knowledge, making all your children one:

Father, as in highest heaven, so on earth your will be done.

 

Text: Howell E. Lewis

Tune: ABBOT'S LEIGH

Text copyrighted Union of Welsh Dependents

Music copyrighted 1970 Hope Publishing Company

Text:

Verse 1

As we gather at your table, as we listen to your word,

Help us know, O God, your presence; let our hearts and minds be stirred.

Nourish us with sacred story till we claim it as our own;

Teach us through this holy banquet how to make Love's vict'ry known.

 

Verse 2

Turn our worship into witness in the sacrament of life;

Send us forth to love and serve you, bringing peace where there is strife.

Give us, Christ, your great compassion to forgive as you forgave;

May we still behold your image in the world you died to save.

 

Verse 3

Gracious Spirit, help us summon other guests to share that feast

Where triumphant Love will welcome those who has been last and least.

There no more will envy blind us nor will pride our peace destroy,

As we join with saints and angels to repeat the sounding joy.

Text: Carl P. Daw Jr. (Copyright 1989 Hope Publishing Company)

Tune: IN BABILONE

Text:

Verse 1

Earth and all stars! Loud rushing planets!

Sing to the Lord a new song!

Hail, wind, and rain! Loud blowing snowstorm!

Sing to the Lord a new song!

 

Refrain

God has done marvelous things.

I too sing praises with a new song!

 

Verse 2

Trumpet and pipes! Loud clashing cymbals!

Sing to the Lord a new song!

Harp, lute, and lyre! Loud humming cellos!

Sing to the Lord a new song!             Refrain

 

Verse 3

Engines and steel! Loud pounding hammers!

Sing to the Lord a new song!

Limestone and beams! Loud building workers!

Sing to the Lord a new song!     Refrain

 

Verse 4

Classrooms and labs! Loud boiling test-tubes!

Sing to the Lord a new song!

Athlete and band! Loud cheering people!

Sing to the Lord a new song!   Refrain

 

Verse 5

Knowledge and truth! Loud sounding wisdom!

Sing to the Lord a new song!

Daughter and son! Loud praying members!

Sing to the Lord a new song!  Refrain

 

Text: Herbert F. Brokering (Copyright 1968 Augsburg Publishing House)

Tune: EARTH AND ALL STARS (David N. Johnson- Copyright 1968  Augsburg Publishing House)

 

 

Text:

Verse 1

Take my life, that I may be consecrated, Lord to thee;

Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.

 

Verse 2

Take my hands and let them move at the impulse of thy love;

Take my feet and let them be swift and beautiful for thee.

 

Verse 3

Take my voice and let me sing always, only, for my King;

Take my lips and let them be filled with messages from thee.

 

Verse 4

Take my silver and my gold, not a mite would I withhold;

Take my intellect, and use ev'ry pow'r as thou shalt choose.

 

Verse 5

Take my will and make it thine; it shall be no longer mine.

Take my heart, it is thine own; it shall be thy royal throne.

 

Verse 6

Take my love; my Lord, I pour at thy feet its treasure store;

Take myself and I will be ever, only, all for thee.

 

Text: Frances R. Havergal

Tune: PATMOS

Text:

Verse 1

We all are one in mission; we all are one in call,

Our varied gifts united by Christ, the Lord of all.

A single great commission compels us from above

To plan and work together that all may know Christ's love.

 

Verse 2

We are all called for service, to witness in God's name.

Our ministries are different; our purpose is the same:

To touch the lives of others with God's surprising grace,

So ev'ry folk and nation may feel God's warm embrace.

 

Verse 3

Now let us all be united, and let our song be heard.

Now let us be a vessel for God's redeeming Word.

We all are one in mission; we all are one in call.

Our varied gifts united by Christ, the Lord of all.

 

Text: Rusty Edwards (Copyright 1986 Hope Publishing Company)

Tune: KUORTANE

 

Text:

Refrain

Healer of our ev'ry ill, light of each tomorrow,

Give us peace beyond our fear, and hope beyond our sorrow.

 

Verse 1

You who know our fears and sadness, 

Grace us with your peace and gladness;

Spirit of all comfort, fill our hearts. (To Refrain)

 

Verse 2

In the pain and joy beholding

How your grace is still unfolding,

Give us all your vision, God of love. (To Refrain)

 

Verse 3

Give us strength to love each other,

Ev'ry sister, ev'ry brother;

Spirit of all kindness, be our guide. (To Refrain)

 

Verse 4

You who know each thought and feeling,

Teach us all your way of healing;

Spirit of compassion, fill each heart. (To Refrain)

 

Text and Music: Marty Haugen (Copyright 1987 GIA Publications, Inc.)

Text:

Verse 1

My life flows on in endless song; above earth's lamentation,

I catch the sweet, though far-off hymn that hails a new creation.

 

Refrain

No storm can shake my inmost calm while to that Rock I'm clinging.

Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing?

 

Verse 2

Through all the tumult and the strife, I hear that music ringing.

It finds an echo in my soul. How can I keep from singing?  To Refrain

 

Verse 3

What though my joys and comforts die? The Lord my Savior liveth.

What though the darkness gather round? Songs in the night he giveth. To Refrain

 

Verse 4

The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart, a fountain ever springing!

All things are mine since I am his! How can I keep from singing? To Refrain

 

Text: Robert Lowry

Tune: HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING 

 

Text:

Verse 1

All who hunger, gather gladly; holy manna is our bread.

Come from wilderness and wand'ring. Here in truth we will be fed.

You that yearn for days of fullness, all around us is our food.

Taste and see the grace eternal. Taste and see that God is good.

 

Verse 2

All who hunger, never strangers; seeker, be a welcome guest.

Come from restlessness and roaming. Here in joy we keep the feast.

We that once were lost and scattered in communion's love have stood.

Taste and see the grace eternal. Taste and see that God is good.

 

Verse 3

All who hunger, sing together, Jesus Christ is living bread.

Come from loneliness and longing. Here in peace we have been fed.

Blest are those who from this table live their days in gratitude.

Taste and see the grace eternal. Taste and see that God is good.

 

Text: Sylvia G. Dunstan (Copyright 1991 GIA Publications, Inc.)

Music: HOLY MANNA (arr. 2003 Copyright Augsburg Fortress)

 

 

Text:

Verse 1

Let us break bread together on our knees (2x)

When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun,

O Lord have mercy on me.

 

Verse 2

Let us drink wine together on our knees (2x)

When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun,

O Lord have mercy on me.

 

Verse 3

Let us praise God together on our knees (2x)

When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun,

O Lord have mercy on me.

 

Text: African American Spiritual

Tune: BREAK BREAD TOGETHER

Text:

Verse 1

O Holy Spirit, enter in, and in our hearts your work begin,

And make our hearts your dwelling.

Sun of the soul, O Light divine, around and in us brightly shine,

Your strength in us upwelling.

In your radiance life from heaven now is given overflowing,

Gift of gifts beyond all knowing.

 

Verse 2

Left to ourselves, we surely stray; oh, lead us on the narrow way,

With wisest counsel guide us;

And give us steadfastness, that we may follow you forever free,

No matter who derides us.

Gently heal those hearts now broken; give some token you are near us,

Whom we trust to light and cheer us.

 

Verse 3

O mighty Rock, O Source of life, let your good Word in doubt and strife

Be in us strongly burning, that we be faithful unto death

And live in love and holy faith, from you true wisdom learning.

Lord, your mercy on us shower; by your power Christ confessing,

We will cherish all your blessing.

 

Text: Michael Schirmer

Tune: WIE SCHOEN LEUCHTET

Text:

 

Text:

Lord, let my heart be good soil, open to the seed of your word.

Lord, let my heart be good soil, where love can grow and peace is understood.

When my heart is hard, break the stone away.

When my heart is cold, warm it with the day.

When my heart is lost, lead me on your way.

Lord, let my heart, Lord, let my heart, Lord, let my heart be good soil.

Text and Music: Handt Hanson

Copyright 1985 Prince of Peace Publishing, Changing Church, Inc.

Text:

Verse 1

Day by day, your mercies, Lord, attend me, bringing comfort to my anxious soul.

Day by day, the blessings, Lord, you send me draw me nearer to my heav'nly goal.

Love divine, beyond all mortal measure, brings to naught the burdens of my quest;

Savior, lead me to the home I treasure, where at last I'll find eternal rest.

 

Verse 2

Day by day, I know you will provide me strength to serve and wisdom to obey;

I will seek your loving will to guide me o'er the paths I struggle day by day.

I will fear no evil of the morrow, I will trust in your enduring grace.

Savior, help me bear life's pain and sorrow till in glory I behold your face.

 

Verse 3

Oh, what joy to know that you are near me when my burdens grow too great to bear;

Oh, what joy to know that you will hear me when I come , O Lord, to you in prayer.

Day by day, no matter what betide me, you will hold me ever in your hand.

Savior, with your presence here to guide me, I will reach at last the promised land.

 

Text: Carolina Sandell Berg

Tune: BLOTT EN DAG

 

Text:

Refrain:

One bread, one body, one Lord of all;

One cup of blessing which we bless,

And we, though many throughout the earth,

We are one body in this one Lord.

 

Verse 1:

Gentile or Jew, servant or free, woman or man, no more.  Refrain

Verse 2:

Many the gifts, many the works, one in the Lord of all. Refrain

Verse 3:

Grain for the fields, scattered and grown, gathered to one for all. Refrain

Text and Tune: John Foley Copyright 1978 OCP Publications

 

 

Text:

Verse 1

How firm a foundation, O saints of the Lord,

Is laid for your faith in Christ Jesus, the Word!

What more can he say than to you he has said

Who unto the Savior for refuge have fled?

 

Verse 2

"Fear not, I am with you,oh, be not dismayed,

For I am your God and will still give you aid;

I'll strengthen you, help you, and cause you to stand,

Upheld  by my righteous, omnipotent hand."

 

Verse 3

"When through fi'ry trials your pathway shall lie,

My grace, all sufficient, shall be your supply.

The flames shall not hurt you; I only design

Your dross to consume and your gold to refine."

 

Verse 4

"Throughout all their lifetime my people shall prove

My sov'reign, eternal, unchangeable love;

And then, when gray hairs shall their temples adorn,

Like lambs they shall in my bosom be borne."

 

Text: "K"

Tune: FOUNDATION

Text:

Verse 1

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!

O my soul, praise him, for he is your health and salvation!

Let all who hear now to his temple draw near,

Joining in glad adoration!

 

Verse 2

Praise to the Lord, who o'er all things so wondrously reigning

And, as on wings of an eagle, uplifting, sustaining.

Have you not seen all that is needful has been

Sent by his gracious ordaining?

 

Verse 3

Praise to the Lord, who will prosper your work and defend you;

Surely his goodness and mercy shall daily attend you.

Ponder anew what the Almighty can do

If with his love he befriend you.

 

Verse 4

Praise to the Lord! Oh, let all that is in me adore him!

All that has life and breath, come now with praises before him!

Let the amen sound from his people again.

Gladly forever adore him!

 

Text: Joachim Neander

Tune: LOBE DEN HERREN

Text:

Verse 1

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!

Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.

Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!

God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

 

Verse 2

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,

Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;

Cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,

Which wert and art, and evermore shalt be.

 

Verse 3

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee, 

Though the eye of sinfulness thy glory many not see,

Only thou art holy; there s none beside thee,

Perfect in pow'r, in love and purity.

 

Verse 4

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!

All thy works shall praise thy name in earth and sky and sea.

Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!

God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

 

Text: Reginald Heber

Tune: NICAEA

Text:

Verse 1

God of tempest, God of whirlwind, as on Pentecost descend!

Drive us out from sheltered comfort; past these walls your people send!

Sweep us into costly service, there with Christ to bear the cross.

There with Christ to bear the cross!

 

Verse 2

God of blazing, God of burning, all that blocks your purpose, purge!

Through your church, Christ's living Body, let your flaming Spirit surge!

Where deceit conceals injustice, kindle us to speak your truth,

Kindle us to speak your truth!

 

Verse 3

God of earthquake, God of thunder, shake us loose from lethargy!

Break the chains of sin asunder, for earth's healing set us free!

Crumble walls that still divide us; make us one in Christ our Lord,

Make us one in Christ our Lord!

 

Verse 4

God of passion, God unsleeping, stir in us love's restlessness!

Where the people cry in anguish, may we share your heart's distress.

Rouse us from content with evil; claim us for your kingdom work,

Claim us for your kingdom's work!


Text: Herman G. Stuempfle Jr. (Copyright 2000 GIA Publications)

Tune: CWM RHONDDA

 

Text:

Verse 1

I come with joy, a child of God, forgiven, loved and free,

The life of Jesus to recall in love laid down for me, in love laid down for me.

 

Verse 2

I come with Christians far and near to find, as all are fed,

The new community of love in Christ's communion bread,

In Christ's communion bread.

 

Verse 3

As Christ breaks bread, and bids us share, each proud division ends.

The love that made us, makes us one, and strangers now are friends,

And strangers now are friends.

 

Verse 4

The Spirit of the risen Christ, unseen, but ever near,

Is in such friendship better known, alive among us here.

Alive among us here.

 

Verse 5

Together met, together bound by all that God has done,

We'll go with joy, to give the world the love that makes us one,

The love that makes us one.

 

Text: Brian A. Wren (Copyright 1995 Hope Publishing)

Tune: DOVE OF PEACE

 

Text:

Before I can remember the covenant was sealed
With Father, Son, and Spirit, in water was revealed.
The cleansing was for certain, with water and the Word;
Gentle words were spoken, in heaven they were heard.

They were singing waterlife, beginning life,
Waterlife all my life, waterlife, Spirit life waterlife.

A simple sweet beginning, a loving place to start:
Christ began the singing that swells within my heart.
His love became my calling, his life my ministry.
His name is my adoption into his family.

They were singing waterlife, beginning life, 
Waterlife all my life, waterlife, Spirit life waterlife.

My hope and expectation for true community
Begins with resurrection, his death and life in me.
His Spirit fills the Body: his church through water sees
Promise for tomorrow, his waterlife in me.

They were singing waterlife, beginning life, 
Waterlife all my life, waterlife, Spirit life waterlife.

Text and Music: Handt Hanson (Copyright 1991 Prince of Peace Publishing)


 
Text:

Verse 1
Now the green blade rises from the buried grain,  wheat that in dark earth many days has lain;
Love lives again, that with the dead has been; 
Love is come again like wheat arising green.

Verse 2
In the grave they laid him, love by hatred slain, thinking that he would never wake again,
Laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen;
Love is come again like wheat arising green.

Verse 3
Forth he came at Easter like the risen grain, he that for three days in the grave had lain;
Raised from the dead, my living Lord is seen;

​​Love is come again like wheat arising green.

Verse 4
When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain, your touch can call us back to life again,
Fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been;
Love
 is come again like wheat arising green.

Text: John MacLeod Campbell Crum (Copyright Oxford University Press)
Tune: NOEL NOUVELET


 
Text:

Verse 1
I know that my Redeemer lives! What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, he lives, who once was dead; he lives, my everlasting head!

Verse 2
He lives triumphant from the grave; he lives eternally to save;
He lives exalted, throned above; he lives to rule his church in love.

Verse 3
He lives to grant me rich supply; he lives to guide me with his eye;
He lives to comfort me when faint; he lives to hear my soul's complaint.

Verse 4
He lives to silence all my fears; he lives to wipe away my tears;
He lives to calm my troubled heart; he lives all blessings to impart.

Verse 5
He lives to bless me with his love; he lives to plead for me above;
He lives my hungry soul to feed; he lives to help in time of need.

Verse 6
He lives, my kind, wise, heav'nly friend; he lives and loves me to the end;
He lives, and while he lives, I'll sing; he lives, my prophet, priest and king!

Verse 7
He lives and grants me daily breath; he lives, and I shall conquer death;
He lives my mansion to prepare; he lives to bring me safely there.

Verse 8
He lives, all glory to his name! He lives, my Savior, still the same;
What joy this blest assurance gives: I know that my Redeemer lives!

Text: Samuel Medley
Tune: DUKE STREET
Text:

Verse 1
Day of arising, Christ on the roadway, unknown compassion walks with his own.
When they invite him, as fades the first day, and bread is broken, Christ is made known.

Verse 2
When we are walking, doubtful and dreading, blinded by sadness, slowness of heart,
Yet Christ walks with us, ever awaiting our invitation: Stay, do not part.

Verse 3
Lo, I am with you, Jesus has spoken. This is Christ's promise, this is Christ's sign:
When the church gathers, when bread is broken, there Christ is with us in bread and wine.

Verse 4
Christ, our companion, hope for the journey, bread of compassion, open our eyes.
Grant us your vision, set all hearts burning that all creation with you may rise.

Text: Susan Palo Cherwien (Copyright 1996 Susan Palo Cherwien, admin. Augsburg Fortress)
Tune: RAABE  (Copyright 1999 Augsburg Fortress)
Text:

Verse 1
I'm so glad Jesus lifted me. I'm so glad Jesus lifted me.
I'm so glad Jesus lifted me.
Singing glory, hallelujah! Jesus lifted me.

Verse 2
Satan had me bound, Jesus lifted me. Satan had me bound, Jesus lifted me.
Satan had me bound, Jesus lifted me.
Singing glory, hallelujah! Jesus lifted me.

Verse 3
When I was in trouble, Jesus lifted me. When I was in trouble, Jesus lifted me.
When I was in trouble, Jesus lifted me.
Singing glory, hallelujah! Jesus lifted me.

Text: African American Spiritual
Tune: JESUS LIFTED ME
 
Text:

Verse 1
Good Christian friends, rejoice and sing! Now is the triumph of our king!
To all the world glad news we bring:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Verse 2
The Lord of life is ris'n this day; death's mighty stone is rolled away;
Let all the earth rejoice and say:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Verse 3
Praise we in songs of victory that love, that life which cannot die,
And sing with hearts uplifted high:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Verse 4
Your name we bless, O risen Lord, and sing today with one accord,
The life laid down, the life restored:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Text: Cyril A. Alington
Tune: GELOBT SEI GOTT

 

Text:

Verse 1
Ride on, ride on in majesty! Hear all the tribes hosanna cry;
O Savior meek, your road pursue, with palms and scattered garments strewed.

Verse 2
Ride on, ride on in majesty! In lowly pomp ride on to die.
O Christ, your triumphs now begin o'er captive death and conquered sin.

Verse 3
Ride on, ride on in majesty! The hosts of angels in the sky
Look down with sad and wond'ring eyes to see the approaching sacrifice.

Verse 4
Ride on, ride on in majesty! In lowly pomp ride on to die,
Bow your meek head to mortal pain, then take, O Christ, your pow'r and reign!

Text: Henry H. Milman
Tune: THE KING'S MAJESTY
Copyright on Music 1941 The H.W. Gray Co., Inc.

Text: 

Verse 1 
What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul! 
What wondrous love is this, O my soul! 
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss 
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my osul, 
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul? 

Verse 2 
When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down, 
When I was sinking down, sinking down, 
When I was sinking down beneath God's righteous frown, 
Christ laid aside his crown for my soul, for my soul, 
Christ laid aside his crown for my soul. 

Verse 3 
To God and to the Lamb I will sing, I will sing; 
To God and to the Lamb I will sing; 
To God and to the Lamb who is the great I AM, 
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing 
While millions join the theme, I will sing. 

Verse 4 
And when from death I'm free, I'll sing on, I'll sing on; 
And when from death I'm free, I'll sing on; 
And when from death I'm free, I'll sing God's love for me, 
And through eternity I'll sing on, I'll sing on; 
And through eternity I'll sing on. 

Text: North American folk hymn 
Tune: WONDROUS LOVE

Text:

Verse 1
Tree of Life and awesome myst'ry, in your death we are reborn;
Though you die in all of hist'ry, still you rise with ev'ry morn,
Still you rise with ev'ry morn.

Verse 2
We remember truth once spoken, love passed on through act and word;
Ev'ry person lost and broken wears the body of our Lord,
Wears the body of our Lord.

Verse 3
Christ, you lead and we shall follow, stumbling though our steps may be;
One with you in joy and sorrow, we the river, you the sea,
We the river, you the sea.

Lent 4
Give us eyes to see you clearly; make us children of your light.
Give us hearts to live more nearly as your gospel shining bright.

Text: Marty Haugen
Music: THOMAS
Copyright 1984 GIA Publications, Inc. 
Text:

Lord, listen to your children praying, Lord, send your Spirit in this place;
Lord, listen to your children praying, send us love, send us pow'r, send us grace.

Text: Ken Medema
Tune: CHILDREN PRAYING
Copyright 1973 Hope Publishing Company
Text:

Verse 1
God loved the world so that he gave his only Son the lost to save,
That all who would in him believe should everlasting life receive.

Verse 2
Christ Jesus is the ground of faith, who was made flesh and suffered death;
All who confide in Christ alone are built on this chief cornerstone.

Verse 3
If you are ill, if death draws near, this truth your troubled heart can cheer:
Christ Jesus rescues us from death; that is the firmest ground of faith.

Verse 4
Be of good cheer, for God's own Son forgives all sins that you have done,
And justified by Jesus' blood, your baptism grants the highest good.

Verse 5
All glory to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Three in One!
To you, O blessed Trinity, be praise now and eternally!

Text: August Crull
Tune: ROCKINGHAM OLD
Text:

Verse 1
I want Jesus to walk with me; I want Jesus to walk with me;
All along my pilgrim journey, Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.

Verse 2
In my trials , Lord, walk with me; In my trials, Lord, walk with me;
When my heart is almost breaking, Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.

Verse 3
When I'm in trouble, Lord, walk with me; When I'm in trouble, Lord, walk with me;
When my head is bowed in sorrow, Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.

Text: African American Spiritual
Tune: SOJOURNER
Text:

Verse 1
Love divine, all loves excelling, Joy of heav'n to earth come down!
Fix in us thy humble dwelling, all thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesus, thou art all compassion, pure, unbounded love thou art;
Visit us with thy salvation, enter ev'ry trembling heart.

Verse 2
Breathe, oh, breathe thy loving Spirit into ev'ry troubled breast;
Let us all in thee inherit; let us find thy promised rest.
Take away the love of sinning; Alpha and Omega be;
End of faith, as its beginning, set our hearts at liberty.

Verse 3
Come, Almighty, to deliver; let us all thy life receive;
Suddenly return, and never, nevermore thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing, serve thee as thy hosts above,
Pray, and praise thee without ceasing, glory in thy perfect love.

Verse 4
Finish then thy new creation, pure and spotless let us be;
Let us see thy great salvation perfectly restored in thee!
Changed from glory into glory, till in heav'n we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before thee, lost in wonder, love, and praise!

Text: Charles Wesley
Music: HYFRYDOL
 
Text:

Verse 1
Creating God, your fingers trace the bold designs of farthest space;
Let sun and moon and stars and light and what lies hidden praise your might.

Verse 2
Sustaining God, your hands uphold earth's myst'ries known or yet untold;
Let water's fragile blend with air, enabling life, proclaim your care.

Verse 3
Redeeming God, your arms embrace all now despised for creed or race;
Let peace, descending like a dove, make known on earth your healing love.

Verse 4
Indwelling God, your gospel claims one fam'ly with a billion names;
Let ev'ry life be touched by grace until we praise you face to face.

Text: Jeffrey Rowthorn
Tune: PROSPECT
Copyright 1979 The Hymn Society, admin. Hope Publishing Company
Arr. Copyright 2006 Augsburg Fortress
Text:

Verse 1
Oh, that the Lord would guide my ways to keep his statues still!
Oh, that my God would grant me grace to know and do his will!

Verse 2
Order my footsteps by your word and make my heart sincere;
Let sin have no dominion, Lord, but keep my conscience clear.

Verse 3
Assist my soul, too apt to stray, a stricter watch to keep;
And should I E'er forget your way, restore your wand'ring sheep.

Verse 4
Make me to walk in your commands, 'tis a delightful road;
Nor let my head or heart or hands offend against my God.

Text: Isaac Watts
Tune: EVAN
 
Text:

Verse 1
God, whose almighty word chaos and darkness heard and took their flight:
Hear us, we humbly [ray, and where the gospel day sheds not its glorious ray,
Let there be light.

Verse 2
Christ, who once came to bring, on your redeeming wing, healing and sight;
Health to the troubled mine, sight where illusions bind; oh, now to humankind
Let there be light.

Verse 3
Spirit of truth and love, life giving, holy dove, speed forth your flight;
Move on the water's face bearing the lamp of grace, and in earth's darkest place
Let there be light.

Verse 4
Holy and blessed three, glorious Trinity, Wisdom, Love, Might:
Boundless as ocean's tide, rolling in fullest pride, through the earth, far and wide,
Let there be light.

Text: John Marriott
Tune: ITALIAN HYMN
Text:

Verse 1
The Spirit sends us forth to serve; we go in Jesus' name
To bring glad tidings to the poor, God's favor to proclaim.

Verse 2
We go to comfort those who mourn and set the burdened free;
Where hope is dim, to share a dream and help the blind to see.

Verse 3
We go to be the hands of Christ, to scatter joy like seed
And, all our days, to cherish life, to do the loving deed.

Verse 4
Then let us go to serve in peace, the gospel to proclaim.
God's Spirit has empowered us; we go in Jesus' name.

Text: Delores Dufner
Tune: CHESTERFIELD
Copyright 1993 Delores Dufner, admin. OCP Publications
 
Text:

Verse 1
Here in this place the new light is streaming, now is the darkness vanished away;
See in this space our fears and our dreamings brought here to you in the light of this day.
Gather us in, the lost and forsaken, gather us in, the blind and the lame;
Call to us now, and we shall awaken, we shall arise at the sound of our name.

Verse 2
We are the young, our lives are a myt'ry, we are the old who yearn for your face;
We have been sung throughout all of hist'ry, called to be light to the whole human race.
Gather us in, the rich and the haughty, gather us in, the proud and the strong;
Give us a heart, so meek and so lowly, give us the courage to enter the song.

Verse 3
Here we will take the wine and the water, here we will take the bread of new birth,
Here you shall call your sons and your daughters, call us anew to be salt for the earth.
Give us to drink the wine of compassion, give us to eat the bread that is you;
Nourish us well, and teach us to fashion lives that are holy and hearts that are true.

Verse 4
Not in the dark of buildings confining, not in some heaven, light years away 
Here in this place the new light is shining, now is the kingdom, and now is the day.
Gather us in and hold us forever, gather us in and make us your own; 
Gather us in, all peoples together, fire of love in our flesh and our bone.

Text: Marty Haugen
Tune: GATHER US IN
Copyright 1982 GIA Publications, Inc.
Text:

Verse 1
We are marching in the light of God (4x)
We are marching, marching, we are marching, oo
We are marching in the light of God.
We are marching, marching, we are marching, oo 
We are marching in the light of God.

Verse 2
We are dancing in the light of God (4x)
We are dancing, dancing, we are dancing, oo
We are dancing in the light of God.
We are dancing, dancing, wea re dancing, oo
We are dancing in the light of God.

Text: South African Traditional
Tune: SIYAHAMBA
Copyright 1984 Utryck, admin. Walton Music Corp.



 

Text: 

Verse 1 
We are people created, chosen by God. 
Then we're washed, ever gently, in mercy and love. 
Sin has power no more.  
Jesus opened the door to a fountain bringing healing, and wholeness and more. 

Verse 2 
We are fed and we're nourished, filled and refreshed. 
Then our hunger returns and again we are blessed. 
For whatever the need, God is greater indeed: 
Endless ocean, always deeper than all of our need. 

Verse 3 
We are nourished by water, all living things,  
And by life that the Spirit abundantly brings. 
As we journey toward home, may your presence be known: 
Precious river, ever flowing, now carry us home. 

Verse 4 
Now with praise and thanksgiving, we join the song. 
All are welcome! We gather to sing loud and strong. 
Not enslaved, but set free!  
From now on, all will be one in Jesus, one in water, baptized and set free! 

Text: Cathy Skogen-Soldner 
Tune: BAPTIZED AND SET FREE 
(copyright 1999 Augsburg Fortress)

Text: 

Jesus, Jesus, oh, what a wonderful child. 
Jesus, Jesus, so holy, meek, and mild; 
New life, new hope the child will bring. 
Listen to the angels sing: "Glory, glory, glory," let the heavens ring. 

Text: African American traditional 
Tune: WONDERFUL CHILD

Text:

Verse 1
Once in royal David's city stood a lowly cattle shed,
Where a mother laid her baby in a manger for his bed:
Mary was that mother mild, Jesus Christ, her little child.

Verse 2
He came down to earth from heaven who is God and Lord of all,
And his shelter was a stable, and his cradle was a stall;
With the poor and meek and lowly, lived on earth our Savior holy.

Verse 3
And our eyes at last shall see him, through his own redeeming love;
For that child so dear and gentle is our Lord in heav'n above;
And he leads his children on to the place where he is gone.

Verse 4
Not in that poor lowly stable, with the oxen standing by,
We shall see him; but in heaven, set at God's right hand on high;
There his children gather round, bright like stars, with glory crowned.

Text: Cecil Frances Alexander
Tune: IRBY
Text:

Verse 1
O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel.

Verse 2
O come, O Wisdom from on high, embracing all things far and nigh:
In strength and beauty come and stay; teach us your will and guide our way.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel.

Verse 3
O come, O come, O Lord of might, as to your tribes on Sinai's height
In ancient times you gave the law in cloud, and majesty, and awe.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel.

Verse 4
O come, O Branch of Jesse, free your own from Satan's tyranny;
From depths of hell your people save, and give them vict'ry o'er the grave.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel.

Verse 5
O come, O Key of David, come, and open wide our heav'nly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high, and close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel.

Verse 6
O come, O Dayspring, come and cheer; O Sun of justice, now draw near
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and death's dark shadow put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel.

Verse 7
O come, O King of nations , come, O Cornerstone that binds in one:
Refresh the hearts that long for you; restore the broken, make us new.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel.

Verse 8

O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel, 
That mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear. 
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel.

Text: Psalteriolum Cantionum Catholicarum (Stanzas 2,6,7 copright Augsburg Fortress 1997)
Tune: VENI, EMMANUEL









 
Text:

Verse 1
Savior of the nations, come; virgin's son, make here your home.
Marvel now, O heav'n and earth: God has chosen such a birth.

Verse 2
Not by human flesh and blood, but the mystic Breath of God,
Was the Word of God made flesh, fruit of woman, blossom fresh.

Verse 3
Wondrous birth-oh, wondrous child-from his throne, a virgin mild!
Very God, and Mary's son, eager now his race to run!

Verse 4
From God's heart the Savior speeds, back to God his pathway leads;
Out to vanquish death's command, back to reign at God's right hand.

Verse 5
Now your manger, shining bright, hallows night with newborn light.
Night cannot this light subdue; let our faith shine ever new.

Verse 6
Praise we sing to Christ the Lord, virgin's son, incarnate Word!
To the holy Trinity praise we sing eternally!

Text: Ambrose of Milan, Martin Luther trans.
Tune: NUN KOMM, DER HEIDEN HEILAND
A few comments about "Veni Emmanuel" from Robert:

1.After the video I discovered that the "O antiphons" were used at Vespers, not Evening Prayer.
2. I sang a slightly altered text for verse 6-I guess I was singing from memory- sorry for the errors :)
Text:

Verse 1
There's a voice in the wilderness crying, a call from the ways untrod:
Prepare in the desert a highway, a highway for our God!
The valleys shall be exalted, the lofty hills brought low;
Make straight all the crooked places where God, our God, may go!

Verse 2
O Jerusalem, herald good tidings, ascend to the heights and sing!
Proclaim to a desolate people the coming of their king.
Like flow'rs of the field we perish, like grass our works decay;
The pow'r and the pomp of nations shall pass like a dream away.

Verse 3
But the word of our Savior is faithful, the arm of our God is strong,
Who stands in the midst of the nations and soon will right the wrong.
Lord, feed your flock like a shepherd, the lambs so gently hold;
In pastures of peace now lead them, and bring them to your fold.

Text: James Lewis Milligan
Tune: ASCENSION
Music Copyright Estate of Eldred Bancroft, admin. B. Burrows

 
Text:

Refrain
My Lord, what a morning; my Lord, what a morning;
Oh, my Lord, what a morning, when the stars begin to fall.

Verse 1
You will hear the trumpet sound, to wake the nations underground,
looking to my God's right hand, when the stars begin to fall. (To Refrain)

Verse 2
You will hear the sinner cry, to wake the nations underground,
looking to my God's right hand, when the stars begin to fall. (To Refrain)

Verse 3
You will hear the Christian shout, to wake the nations underground,
looking to my God's right hand, when the stars begin to fall. (To Refrain)

Text: African American Spiritual
Tune: BURLEIGH
Text:

Verse 1
Crown him with many crowns, the Lamb upon is throne;
Hark, how the heav'nly anthem drowns all music but its own.
Awake, my soul, and sing of him who died for thee,
And hail him as thy matchless king through all eternity.

Verse 2
Crown him the virgin's Son, the God incarnate born,
Whose arm those crimson trophies won which now his brown adorn;
Fruit of the mystic rose, yet of that rose the stem,
The root whence mercy ever flows, the babe of Bethlehem.

Verse 3
Crown him the Lord of love-behold his hands and side,
Rich wounds, yet visible above, in beauty glorified.
No angles in the sky can fully bear that sight,
But downward bend their burning eyes at mysteries so bright.

Verse 4
Crown him the Lord of life, who triumphed o'er the grave
And rose victorious in the strife for those he came to save.
His glories now we sing, who died and rose on high,
Who died, eternal life to bring, and lives that death may die.

Verse 5
Crown him the Lord of years, the potentate of time,
Creator of the rolling spheres, ineffably sublime.
All hail, Redeemer, hail! For thou hast died for me;
Thy praise and glory shall not fail throughout eternity.

Text: Matthew Bridges, Godfrey Thring
Tune: DIADEMATA
 
Text:

Verse 1
Longing for light, we wait in darkness. Longing for truth, we turn to you.
Make us your own, your holy people, light for the world to see.

Refrain
Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts. Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light! Shine in your church gathered today.

Verse 2
Longing for peace, our world is troubled. Longing for hope, many despair.
Your word alone has pow'r to save us. Make us your living voice. (To Refrain) 

Verse 3
Longing for food, many are hungry. Longing for water, many still thirst.
Make us your bread, broken for others, shared until all are fed. (To Refrain)

Verse  4
Longing for shelter, many are homeless. Longing for warmth, many are cold. 
Make us your building, sheltering others, walls made of living stone. (To Refrain)

Verse 5
Many the gifts, many the people, many the hearts that yearn to belong.
Let us be servants to one another, signs of your kingdom come. (To Refrain)

Text: Bernadette Farrell
Tune: CHRIST, BE OUR LIGHT (Bernadette Farrell)
Text and Music Copyright 1993 Bernadette Farrell, admin. OCP Publications


 
Text:

Verse 1
Blest are they, the poor in spirit; theirs is the kingdom of God.
Blest are they, full of sorrow; they shall be consoled.

Refrain
Rejoice and be glad! Blessed are you, holy are you!
Rejoice and be glad! Yours is the kingdom of God!

Verse 2
Blest are they, the lowly ones; they shall inherit the earth.
Blest are they who hunger and thirst; they shall have their fill.  Refrain

Verse 3
Blest are they who show mercy; mercy shall be theirs.
Blest are they, the pure of heart; they shall see God.  Refrain

Verse 4
Blest are they who seek peace; they are the children of God.
Blest are they who suffer in faith; the glory of God is theirs.  Refrain

Verse 5
Blest are you who suffer hate, all because of me.
Rejoice, be glad, yours is the kingdom; shine for all to see. Refrain

Text: David Haas
Tune: BLEST ARE THEY (David Haas)
Text and Music Copyright 1985 GIA Publications, Inc.
Text:

Verse 1
For by grace you have been saved and even faith is not your own,
It's the gift of God for you and not the works that you have done.
Don't let anybody boast, for this is God's great gift. Amen.

Verse 2
"So my grace is all sufficient for each child who is my own,
For my strength is now made perfect for each child who is my own.
When you're weak, then you are strong, for this is God's great gift." Amen.

Verse 3
So this weakness with contentment I'll accept now in myself,
All my hardships, pains, and griefs that still lie deep within myself.
When I'm weak, then I am strong, for this is God's great gift.  Amen.

Text: Kari Tikka
Tune: ARMOLAULU (Kari Tikka)
Text and music Copyright Fennica Gehrman, admin. Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.


 
Text:

Verse 1
My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness;
No merit of my own I claim, but wholly lean on Jesus' name.

Refrain
On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.

Verse 2
When darkness veils his lovely face, I rest on his unchanging grace;
In ev'ry high and stormy gale my anchor holds within the veil. (To Refrain)

Verse 3
His oath, his covenant, his blood sustain me in the raging flood;
When all supports are washed away, he then is all my hope and stay. (To Refrain)

Verse 4
When he shall come with trumpet sound, oh, may I then be found,
Clothed in his righteousness alone, redeemed to stand before the throne! (To Refrain)

Text: Edward Mote
Tune: MELITA
Text:

Verse 1
What a fellowship, what a joy divine, leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine, leaning on the everlasting arms.
Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms; 
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

Verse 2
Oh, how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way, leaning on the everlasting arms; 
Oh, how bright the path grows from day to day, leaning on the everlasting arms.
Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;  
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

Verse 3
What have I to dread, what have I to fear, leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near, leaning on the everlasting arms.

Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;  
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

Text: Elisha A. Hoffman

Tune: SHOWALTER
 
Text:

Verse 1
Now thank we all our God with hearts and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in whom this world rejoices;
Who, from our mothers' arms, has blest us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

Verse 2
Oh, may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us,
And keep us all in grace, and guide us when perplexed,
And free us from all harm in this world and the next.

Verse 3
All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given,
The Son, and Spirit blest, who reign in highest heaven,
The one eternal God, whom earth and heav'n adore; 
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.

Text: Martin Rinkhart, tr. Catherine Winkworth
Tune: NUN DANKET ALLE GOTT
Text:

Verse 1
How firm a foundation, O saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in Christ Jesus, the Word!
What more can he say than to you he has said
Who unto the Savior for refuge have fled?

Verse 2
"Fear not, I am with you, oh,be not dismayed,
For I am your God and will still give you aid;
I'll strengthen you,help you, and cause you to stand,
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand."

Verse 3
"When through fi'ry trials your pathway shall lie,
My grace, all-sufficient ,shall be your supply.
The flames shall not hurt you; I only design
Your dross to consume and your gold to refine."

Verse 4
"Throughout all their lifetime my people shall prove
My sov'reign, eternal,unchangeable love;
And then, when gray hairs shall their temples adorn,
Like lambs they shall still in my bosom be borne."

Text: J.Rippon, A Selection of Hymns
Tune: FOUNDATION

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Verse 1
Son of God, eternal Savior, source of life and truth and grace.
Word made flesh, whose birth among us hallows all our human race,
You our head, who, throned in glory, for your own will ever plead:
fill us with your love and pity, heal our wrong, and help our need.

Verse 2
As you, Lord, have lived for others, so may we for others live.
Freely have your gifts been granted; freely may your servants give.
Yours the gold and yours the silver, yours the wealth of land and sea;
We but stewards of your bounty held in solemn trust will be.

Verse 3
Come, O Christ, and reign among us, King of love and Prince of peace; 
Hush the storm of strife and passion, bid its cruel discords cease.
By your patient years of toiling, by your silent hours of pain,
Quench our fevered thirst of pleasure, stem our selfish greed of gain.

Verse 4
Son of God, eternal Savior, source of life and truth and grace,
Word made flesh, whose birth among us hallows all our human race.
By your praying, by your willing that your people should be one,
Grant, oh, grant our hope's fruition: here on earth your will be done.

Text: Somerset C. Lowry
Tune: IN BABILONE
 

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Hymn of the Week for 9/18/16-How Clear Is Our Vocation Lord
 

 

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1 How clear is our vocation, Lord, 
When once we heed Your call: 
To live according to Your word, 
And daily learn, refreshed, restored, 
That You are Lord of all 
And will not let us fall. 

2 But if, forgetful, we should find 
Your yoke is hard to bear, 
If worldly pressures fray the mind 
And love itself cannot unwind 
Its tangled skein of care: 
Our inward life repair. 

3 We mark Your saints, how they became 
In hindrances more sure, 
Whose joyful virtues put to shame 
The casual way we wear Your name, 
And by our faults obscure 
Your power to cleanse and cure. 

4 In what You give us, Lord, to do, 
Together or alone, 
In old routines or ventures new, 
May we not cease to look to You-- 
The cross You hung upon-- 
All You endeavored done.
Text: Fred Pratt Green (1981)
Tune: Repton