Thursday, June 2, 2011

FW: Ascension Day Hymn



Feed: Lutheran Hymn Revival
Posted on: Wednesday, June 01, 2011 4:29 PM
Author: (Amberg)
Subject: Ascension Day Hymn


This hymn is written for Pr. Jonathan Bakker and Prof. William Weinrich.  It is an Ascension Day hymn, drawn from the Old and New Testaments, and modeled after a hymn neglected by our last two hymnals, O God, Our Lord, Thy Holy Word, the tune of which you can find here, although, beware the unnecessary rests and slow tempo.

In particular I drew from Psalm 68:17-20110:1-2; Acts 1:8-11; Colossians 2:13-15; Ephesians 1:3-224:8-12.

The poetry reads more rigid than it actually is, since the tune, when sung with its proper temp, is very lively, and not at all depressing, as Dr. Weinrich used to lament was the chief characteristic of my hymns. ; )




O Christ, our God,

Your flesh and blood

Fill all of earth and heaven,

Ascended now,

Still here below,

You speak our sins forgiven.

And Satan must

Now lick the dust

And Hell before you cower;

And we by faith

Will conquer death,

By your own grace and power.



Believers, why,

Look to the sky,

As if your Lord were leaving?

He still is here,

And will appear,

But now His gifts is giving.

His holy Word,

The Spirit's sword,

Still pierces through our spirit,

Rebukes our sin,

And enters in

With Jesus' blood and merit.



True God of God,

He climbed the road

That led him to the Father,

Whose law and will

He did fulfill,

Our servant and our brother.

Sin must retreat

Beneath his feet,

As he sends strength from Zion:

Apostles preach,

And pastors teach

The truth the poor rely on. 


So fear no harm -

See Christ disarm

The power of the devil.

At God's right hand

Our Lord will stand

And rescue us from evil.

He fills all things

And thus he brings

His sacraments of healing,

His Gospel's pow'r,

Which every hour,

His mercy is revealing. 


Cry out to him,

Let doubt not dim

The praises of your Savior!

The means of grace,

His Holy Place,

Assure you of his favor;

And seated there

With Christ you share

A heritage unfading,

Which through all tears,

And pains and fears

In Heav'n for you is waiting.






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