Saturday, October 1, 2022

361. Proper 13 (Series A)

This service's appointed lessons, according to the LSB lectionary, are Isaiah 55:1-5, Romans 9:1-5 (with the optional addition of verses 6-13) and Matthew 14:13-21, the feeding of the 5,000. Again, I've already written a hymn paraphrase of Isaiah 55, and I've also done a Feeding of the 5,000 hymn. The tune is GUD SKAL ALTING MAGE by Ludvig M. Lindeman (†1887), which several hymnals (including LHy, CSB, SBH, LBW and ELHy) offer as a tune for "Jesus, priceless Treasure" and which TCH also pairs with "Who will now indict me" (possibly a cento of the same hymn). I personally wouldn't care to sing "Jesus, priceless Treasure" to any tune but JESU, MEINE FREUDE, but I'm also quite fond of this tune and have long been looking out for another use for it. In this instance, I altered it slightly, breaking up a melisma in the last phrase. I beg your indulgence.

Come, if you are yearning
And with thirst are burning,
Hungry, frail and lost!
God His sons and daughters
Summons to the waters,
Selling at no cost
Bread and wine, no empty sign:
Food life-giving, sins forgiving,
Foretaste of the feast divine.

Rest from thankless threshing;
Take this gift refreshing
From the Savior's hand,
Which was blessed and broken
And His "for you" spoken
While His death was planned.
Body, blood, immortal food,
Vow fulfilling, faith instilling,
Are in Him our highest good.

Eating, then, or drinking,
On our Savior thinking
And His boundless gift,
We can be contented,
Till in Him presented
Into life we shift,
Where no thirst or cup accursed
Can waylay us or dismay us,
And on heaven's feast we burst.

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