Sunday, February 22, 2009

Jesus, Take Us to the Mountain

Our choir sang this Transfiguration text by Jaroslav Vajda as the anthem before the Gospel lesson in our early service today.   Vajda wrote the text in 1991 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of St. Luke Lutheran Church, Silver Spring, Maryland.  Here the hymn writer is as much at a loss for words contemplating the glory of the transfigured Christ as were the disciples!  Christian Worship Supplement features this text (CWS 712) with the tune SILVER SPRING by Carl Schalk, who composed the tune for Vajda's hymn text to commemorate the same joyful occasion. 

1.  Jesus, take us to the mountain
         Where, with Peter, James and John,
             We are dazzled by Your glory,
         Light as blinding as the sun.
                 There prepare us for the night
                 By the vision of that sight.

2.  What do you want us to see there
         That Your close companions saw?
             Your divinity revealed there
         Fills us with the self-same awe.
                 Clothed in flesh like ours You go,
                 Matched to meet our deadliest foe.

3.  What do You want us to hear there
         That Your dear disciples heard?
             Once again the voice from heaven
         Says of the incarnate Word:
                 "Listen, listen ev'ryone;
                  This is My beloved Son!"

4.  Take us to that other mountain
         Where we see You glorified.  
             Where You shouted, "It is finished!"
         Where for all the world You died.
                 Hear the stunned centurion:
                 "Truly this was God's own Son!"

5.  We who have beheld Your glory,
         Risen and ascended Lord,
             Cannot help but tell the story,
         All that we have seen and heard,
                 Say with Peter, James, and John:
                 "You are God's beloved Son!"

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