Hymn of the Week for 2/16/20- Brightest And Best Of The Stars

Text:

Verse 1

Brightest and best of the stars of the morning,

Dawn on our darkness and lend us your aid.

Star of the east, the horizon adorning,

Guide where our infant redeemer is laid.

 

Verse 2

Cold on his cradle the dewdrops are shining;

Low lies his head with the beasts of the stall;

Angels adore him in slumber reclining,

Maker and monarch and savior of all.

 

Verse 3

What shall we give him, in costly devotion?

Shall we bring incense and off'rings divine,

Gems of the mountain and pearls of the ocean,

Myrrh from the forest or gold from the mine?

 

Verse 4

Vainly we offer each ample oblation, 

Vainly with gifts would his favor secure;

Richer by far is the heart's adoration,

Dearer to God are the prayers of the poor.

 

Verse 5

Brightest and best of the stars of the morning, 

Dawn on our darkness and lend us your aid. 

Star of the east, the horizon adorning, 

Guide where our infant redeemer is laid.

 

Text: Reginald Heber

Tune: MORNING STAR

Text:

Verse 1

Dearest Jesus, at your word we have come again to hear you;

Let our thoughts  and hearts be stirred and in glowing faith be near you

As the promises here given draw us wholly up to heaven.

 

Verse 2

All our knowledge, sense and sight lie in deepest darkness shrouded

Till your Spirit breaks the night filling us with light unclouded.

All good thoughts and all good living come but by your gracious giving.

 

Verse 3

Radiance of God's glory bright, Light of Light from God proceeding,

Jesus, send your blessed light; help our hearing, speaking, heeding,

That our prayers and songs may please you, as with grateful hearts we praise you.

 

Verse 4

Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, praise to you and adoration!

Grant us what we need the most; all your gospel's consolation

While we here on earth await you, till in heav'n with praise we greet you.

 

Text: Tobias Clausnitzer, tr. Catherine Winkworth

Tune: LIEBSTER JESU, WIR SIND HIER

Text:

Verse 1

O Lord, now let your servant depart in heav'nly peace,

For I have seen the glory of your redeeming grace:

A light to lead the nations unto your holy hill,

The glory of your people, your chosen Israel.

 

Verse 2

Then grant that I may follow your gleam, O glorious Light,

Till earthly shadows scatter, and faith is changed to sight;

Till raptured saints shall gather upon that shining shore,

Where Christ, the blessed day-star, shall light them evermore.

 

Text: Ernest Ryden (Copyright 1925 Board of Publication, Lutheran Church in America)

Tune: KUORTANE (Copyright 2006 Augsburg Fortress)

Text:

Come and fill our hearts with your peace.

You alone, O Lord, are holy.

Come and fill our hearts with your peace. Alleluia!

 

Text: Psalm 136:1, Taize community

Tune: Berthier  (Text and Music copyrighted 1991 GIA Publications)