Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thine the Amen

I had the distinct privilege and honor of meeting Herbert Brokering in the fall of 2008 at Camp Arcadia on Lake Michigan for a worship forum led by Herb and Carl Schalk and Robert Rimbo.  Herb was energetic, witty and a true delight.  He approached hymn writing in a totally different way than I had ever thought of the craft and we had an opportunity to visit a few times at the forum in that lovely setting at Camp Arcadia.  He shared some of the tunes written by his late wife, Lois, one of which in particular, a tune written for Herb's text, EVERYTHING IS ONE, made a deep impression on me.  Probably my favorite text by Dr. Brokering is "Thine the Amen."  We sang it as our closing hymn this past All Saints' Day.  It is a "stream of consciousness" text with little punctuation.  Herb now sees his Savior face to face in the "wonder full surprise" of the eternal wedding banquet of the Lamb.  Thank you, Lord, for Herb!

Thine the amen
    Thine the praise
            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.

Thine the life
        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.

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

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.

Thine the glory
    in the night
        no more dying
            only light
Thine the river
    Thine the tree
        Then the Lamb
Then the holy
    holy holy
Thine the splendor
    Thine the brightness
        only Thee
            only Thee.

1 comment:

Adventures in Cooking said...

Thank you for sharing the lyrics! I first heard this hymn at Call Day at Concordia Seminary Saint Louis May 2012. My favorite hymn by far! I just found and downloaded the MP3 from Amazon. The CD name is "Christ be the Seed".
My husband has the privilege of being vicar at a church in Chicagoland not far from where the composer lives although I doubt we will meet him (but it would be wonderful!).