The following lyrics of “Come, Thou Word” were composed to the tune of “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.”
“Come, Thou Word”
December 20-21, 2016
Come, Thou Word, which with the Father
and the Spirit ever dwelled
And hath taken flesh to save us
from our sin and death and hell.
We behold Thee in Thy manger,
Fully God and fully man,
Myst’ry of the ages former,
Now revealed in Bethlehem.
Come, Thou King, whose birth the angel
Sang to shepherds in the night.
‘Round them came a host of heaven,
‘Round them shone a holy light.
“See I bring good news of great joy,
So no longer be afraid:
Christ the Lord, the promised Savior,
Unto you is born this day.”
Come, Thou Son, whose arms shall carry
Those fast-bound in chains of sin.
‘Mid this exile, ruined sinners
Shall be raised to life again.
He was born for our redemption,
O’er the manger loomed the Tree.
There in David’s little city
Lay the one who set us free.
“See This Child”
December 6, 2016
See this child for whom all things
Are made and by whom held.
This mighty one, begotten Son,
Has come with men to dwell.
See this child with undefiled
Nature now asleep.
This righteous one, beloved Son,
Will scorn and murder reap.
See this child with tiny hands,
Who cries and must be fed.
This lowly one, a virgin’s Son,
Is everlasting bread.
See this child with infant smile
Whom heavenly host proclaim.
This worthy one, the royal Son,
Shall be for sinners slain.
See this child in swaddling cloths
And in a manger laid.
This gentle one, the promised Son,
Has come to kill the grave.
“He Is Not Here”
Easter Morning, 3/27/16
The darkest night now passed from gloom
As women journeyed to the tomb
And found the stone beside the door
That had been sealed two days before.
An angel said to them, “Don’t fear,
The one you seek he is not here.
Go quickly now so you may tell
That Christ has conquered death and hell.”
“My Son, Arise”
April 5, 2015
The lungs had not inhaled a breath
Since He had closed His eyes in death.
Now covered by the sealing stone,
The Nazarene lay there alone.
Then when two nights had fully passed,
The third day morning came at last.
The Father said, “My son, arise!”
And Jesus opened up His eyes.
The new creation had begun,
For curse and death were now undone.
Today is Tuesday of Passion Week, and on this day Jesus spoke parables and taught many things to his disciples and any crowds that gathered (see Matt 21-25). Included in this teaching was the famous Olivet Discourse in Matthew 24.
“A Temple Left Undone”
March 31, 2015
Tuesday of Passion Week
Jesus pointed to the stones
And said of them, “Each one
Of these shall be upon the ground,
A temple left undone.”
Then on the Mount of Olives, he
Disclosed the coming years
Of wars and quakes and many fakes
Until the Son appears.
None shall know the day or time
When comes the Son to take
The ones not ready for the Thief,
So therefore: stay awake.
“Humble Would Be How”
Passion Week 2015
In all the weeks that ever were,
None had begun like this:
The Nazarene sent men to find
A scene they must not miss–
A donkey tied beside a colt,
And both he needed now.
For Scripture said the King would ride,
And humble would be how.
He rode into Jerusalem
And heard the crowd proclaim:
“Hosanna be to David’s son,
And blessed be his name!”