Tag: Service

Songs of Thankfulness and Praise

Songs of Thankfulness and Praise
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.

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.

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.

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.

Arise, Your Light Has Come!

Arise, Your Light Has Come!

1 Arise, your light has come!
The Spirit’s call obey;
show forth the glory of your God
which shines on you today.

2 Arise, your light has come!
Fling wide the prison door;
proclaim the captive’s liberty,
good tidings to the poor.

3 Arise, your light has come!
All you in sorrow born,
bind up the brokenhearted ones
and comfort those who mourn.

4 Arise, your light has come!
The mountains burst in song!
Rise up like eagles on the wing,
God’s pow’r will make us strong.

Unexpected and Mysterious

Unexpected and Mysterious

1 Unexpected and mysterious

is the gentle word of grace.

Everloving and sustaining

is the peace of God’s embrace.

If we falter in our courage

and we doubt what we have known,

God is faithful to console us

as a mother tends her own.

2 In a momentary meeting

of eternity and time,

Mary learned that she would carry

both the mortal and divine.

Then she learned of God’s compassion,

of Elizabeth’s great joy,

and she ran to greet the woman

who would recognize her boy.

3 We are called to ponder myst’ry

and await the coming Christ,

to embody God’s compassion

for each fragile human life.

God is with us in our longing

to bring healing to the earth,

while we watch with joy and wonder

for the promised Savior’s birth.

O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

1 Sacred head, now wounded,

with grief and shame weighed down,

now scornfully surrounded

with thorns, thine only crown;

O sacred head, what glory,

what bliss till now was thine!

Yet, though despised and gory,

I joy to call thee mine.

2 What language shall I borrow

to thank thee, dearest friend,

for this thy dying sorrow,

thy pity without end?

Oh, make me thine forever,

and should I fainting be,

Lord, let me never, never

outlive my love to thee.

3 Lord, be my consolation;

shield me when I must die;

remind me of thy passion

when my last hour draws nigh.

These eyes, new faith receiving,

from thee shall never move;

for they who die believing

die safely in thy love.

Here, O Lord, Your Servants Gather

Here, O Lord, Your Servants Gather
1. Here, O Lord, Your servants gather,
Hand we link with hand;
Looking toward our Savior’s cross,
Joined in love we stand.
As we seek the realm of God,
We unite to pray:
Jesus, Savior, guide our steps,
For You are the Way.

2. Many are the tongues we speak,
Scattered are the lands,
Yet our hearts are one in God,
One in love’s demands.
E’en in darkness hope appears,
Calling age and youth:
Jesus, teacher, dwell with us,
For You are the Truth.

3. Nature’s secrets open wide,
Changes never cease;
Where, O where, can weary souls
Find the source of peace?
Unto all those sore distressed,
Torn by endless strife:
Jesus, healer, bring Your balm,
For You are the Life.

4. Grant, O God, an age renewed,
Filled with deathless love;
Help us as we work and pray,
Send us from above
Truth and courage, faith and power
Needed in our strife:
Jesus, Savior, be our way,
Be our truth, our life.

Holy, Holy, Holy Santo, santo, santo

Holy, Holy, Holy
Santo, santo, santo

Santo, santo, santo.
Mi corazón te adora.
Mi corazón te sabe decir:
Santo eres Señor.

Holy, holy, holy,
my heart, my heart adores you.
My heart is glad to say the words:
You are holy, God.

Blest Be the Tie That Binds

1 Blest be the tie that binds
our hearts in Christian love;
the unity of heart and mind
is like to that above.

2 Before our Father’s throne
we pour our ardent prayers;
our fears, our hopes, our aims are one,
our comforts and our cares.

3 We share our mutual woes,
our mutual burdens bear,
and often for each other flows
the sympathizing tear.

4 From sorrow, toil, and pain,
and sin we shall be free;
and perfect love and friendship reign
through all eternity.

Dearest Jesus, at Your Word

Dearest Jesus, at Your Word

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.

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.

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.

O Blessed Spring

O Blessed Spring

1 O blessed spring, where word and sign
embrace us into Christ the Vine:
here Christ enjoins each one to be
a branch of this life-giving Tree.

2 Through summer heat of youthful years,
uncertain faith, rebellious tears,
sustained by Christ’s infusing rain,
the boughs will shout for joy again.

3 When autumn cools and youth is cold,
when limbs their heavy harvest hold,
then through us, warm, the Christ will move
with gifts of beauty, wisdom, love.

4 As winter comes, as winters must,
we breathe our last, return to dust;
still held in Christ, our souls take wing
and trust the promise of the spring.

5 Christ, holy Vine, Christ, living Tree,
be praised for this blest mystery:
that word and water thus revive
and join us to your Tree of Life.

O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come

O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come

1 O Christ, the healer, we have come
to pray for health, to plead for friends.
How can we fail to be restored
when reached by love that never ends?

2 From ev’ry ailment flesh endures
our bodies clamor to be freed;
yet in our hearts we would confess
that wholeness is our deepest need.

3 In conflicts that destroy our health
we recognize the world’s disease;
our common life declares our ills.
Is there no cure, O Christ, for these?

4 Grant that we all, made one in faith,
in your community may find
the wholeness that, enriching us,
shall reach the whole of humankind.