Saturday, October 22, 2022

397. Epiphany 4 (Series B)

The lessons for this service are Deuteronomy 18:15-20, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 and Mark 1:21-28. The tune is SAFFRON WALDEN by Arthur H. Brown (1877), which the Australian Lutheran Hymnal paired with "Just as I am, without one plea." Its meter was tricky for me at first, but by the time I got to the end of this hymn, I was really enjoying writing to it.

"What is this?" cried Capernaüm,
"This word that strikes foul spirits dumb!
Who o'er the demons holds such sway
That His will they obey?"

It is our Lord, Christ Jesus dear,
With whom no devil need we fear.
Though lying spirits may abound,
He over all is crowned.

Had men their shriek but understood,
They'd know the Holy One of God,
Who binds the evil and unclean,
Rules everything unseen.

Can they who life in Scripture sought
Have Him at hand, yet know Him not?
May we His saving presence see
Where He has sworn to be!

Depart, you agencies of sin!
Keep silence, as the Lord comes in,
His claim the crucifixion brand
Imprinted on His hand!

Give Him immortal praise above,
Serving the weak below in love,
In every dark, uncanny hour
Trusting in Jesus' power!

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