Written to the glory of God for the 150th anniversary of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Bonduel, WI under the anniversary theme: "To God Be the Glory--Yesterday, Today, and Forever." Anniversary theme verse: Isaiah 51:6-8. Written to the tune NUN FREUT EUCH.
1. Give ear, O Zion, to God's call,
And hearken, chosen nation:
God comes with righteousness for all,
With mercy and salvation;
God comes with comfort for your gloom,
Until your desert places bloom
With thankful songs of gladness.
2. Behold, God bares His holy arm,
His Servant to us sending;
God clothed in flesh need not alarm,
He comes our race befriending:
A Lamb in whom no sin is found,
Yet bearing ours, He makes no sound
As He is led to slaughter.
3. Our death upon the cross He died,
Yet see--this Lamb is living!
In Christ, we now stand justified,
His guiltlessness us giving!
Out of the anguish of His soul,
We have been cleansed, restored, made whole;
Baptized in Christ, made righteous!
4. Each one of us is robed in white,
Christ's holiness now wearing;
Called out of darkness into light,
God's love in Christ declaring;
We live and die in Jesus' name;
His grace from yesterday the same,
5. Look to the heav'ns, lift up your eyes
And understand this clearly:
That this fair earth beneath those skies
And all we love so dearly,
Will one day face its fiery fate;
Like smoke the heav'ns will dissipate
At Jesus' reappaering!
6. What kind of people ought you be
As this Last Day approaches?
In love, rebuke all blasphemy;
Fear not the world's reproaches;
Live godly lives of faithfulness;
Christ's saving work to all confess;
Thus hasten His returning.
7. Sing God the Father's majesty:
Of naught He made creation!
To God the Son all glory be:
His blood wrought our salvation!
The Holy Spirit magnify:
He dwells within to sanctify--
One God Most High forever!