Monday, November 26, 2012
The gray and chilly days of late November are fitting for the end of the Church Year with its brisk announcement of the Second Coming of our Lord. The heralding voice of the Word of God trumpets the truth that the Last Day is indeed coming. Like a biting blast of arctic air, Scripture cuts like a knife with a sober view of reality at odds with a world that scorns Jesus Christ. Jesus is Lord, and while this was the first confession in the early church, it remains the Church's confession to this day and all that such a profession of faith means in our post-modern, post-Christian world. Maranatha! Lord Jesus, come!
1. The day of Christ's return is still denied
By skeptics, who in unbelief deride:
"Where is this coming of your Lord?"
Their darkened minds are blinded by their pride.
2. Yes, in the human heart rebellion grows,
Forgetting what the Scripture clearly shows:
A thousand years within God's sight
Are like a day that quickly comes and goes.
3. The gracious reason why our Lord delays
Reflects His patience born of endless days:
For God would have the world repent
And turn from futile, selfish, empty ways.
4. For soon the heav'ns will vanish with a roar;
The earth laid bare by fire will be no more!
What kind of people ought we be
As we await the One whom we adore?
5. LIve godly lives of holiness and peace;
By word and deed the love of Christ increase;
Look forward to and speed that day
When all will be made new and never cease.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
1. At Sinai, Moses tended sheep,
God's sacred mountain looming;
He saw a bush whose fiery flames
Were not its leaves consuming!
God warned, "Do not come near!
Remove your sandals here!
On holy ground you stand!
Heed now what I command:
Bring Israel out of Egypt."
2. For God had heard His people's cry
And seen their great affliction;
Yet Moses doubted he could lead
God's people from conscription.
"What shall I say, " said he,
"If questioned who sent me?"
"I AM," replied the LORD!
"This answer you afford:
'I AM has sent me to you.'"
3. "They will not listen," Moses feared,
"To all that I will tell them."
So God gave Moses wondrous signs,
To strengthen and compel him.
Still Moses cried with dread,
"My speech is poor," he said.
God quickly would remind:
"Man's mouth have I designed--
Now go, I will be with you!"
4. "My Lord, oh, please send someone else!"
God heard the plea there spoken--
A greater Moses He would send
So that sin's bonds be broken:
Christ Jesus, God's own Son,
Our freedom fully won!
His work to us commends,
To ev'ry nation sends:
"Now go and make disciples..."
5. The Church in ev'ry age takes up
The task that Jesus gave her:
To baptize in God's triune name
And teach of Christ, the Savior.
Christ says to us today:
"Now go without delay!
On Me cast ev'ry fear;
Recall my promise clear--
'I will be with you always!'"
Saturday, May 5, 2012
1. The branch that bends with clustered fruit
Still needs the pruner's blade
To keep it close to vine and root
Or else its strength will fade.
2. The spindly, twisted, tangled coil
Of branches overgrown
Produces nothing from its toil
But feeds itself alone.
3. The pruner's hook with gently play
Where fruitful growth is seen
But like an axe will slash away
The empty net of green.
4. O God, who fills with rain and sun
The grapes we press for wine,
Cut off the growth our fears have spun
And prune us to your vine.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Monday, January 2, 2012
This 2008 translation of a text by Wilhelm Loehe is titled "Abendmahlslied" and subtitled Freudenlied der erquickten Seele. The origInal tune, O FREUDE, FREUDE was written in 1890 by Fr. Mener. An alternate tune is WIE SOLL ICH DICH EMPFANGEN.
1. My heart with joy is sounding—
Now God is one with me!
His love my heart surrounding
For all eternity:
So highly He esteemed me,
To come with love divine,
And with His blood redeemed me—
I’m His and He is mine!
2. I come, O Bridegroom holy,
My soul made sick by sin,
Your feast of love can solely
Heal all my ills within.
Your wounded side, O Jesus,
Has pow’r to sanctify;
Your blood sin’s grip releases,
So that I will not die.
3. All sin, Lord, I relinquish
Within this crimson flood,
Hell’s embers to extinguish
Beneath Your precious blood;
Accused by sin no longer,
I grasp Your love anew,
With faith made sure and stronger—
How well I’m fed by You!
4. Lord, what can I surrender,
What debt is owed and due?
All that I am I tender
In love, O Christ, to You!
I’m Yours for Your safe keeping,
For Satan, night and day,
With foul deceit is creeping,
To steal my soul away.
5. The path for my salvation
You walked to Calvary;
Receive my adoration
For all Your gifts to me!
May this be my beginning
To love You more, I pray,
To flee this world of sinning
And live my faith each day.
6. My faith bring to completion,
Lord, by Your flesh and blood,
My naked soul’s depletion
Now cover with Your good.
What mercy I am tasting
In this, Your meal of love,
With yearning I am hasting
To know Your bliss above.