Friday, November 11, 2022

430. Proper 15 (Series B)

The lessons for this service, a Sunday after Trinity during Aug. 14-20, are either Proverbs 9:1-10 or Joshua 24:1-2a skipping to 14-18, Ephesians 5:6-21 and John 6:51-69. The tune is NINTH OF TEN, a hymn tune that I just now adapted from my melodic setting of the explanation of the Ninth Commandment in Luther's Small Catechism (cf. Edifying Hymns).

Lord, to whom shall we go?
Your words bear eternal life,
And we have come to believe and know
You are God's Son, the promised Christ.
Come, then, Your bread on us bestow;
It will suffice.

Those who seek earthly gain
May recoil, Lord, from Your cross,
May turn back from momentary pain,
Of hard sayings demand a gloss;
If Your word o'er our reason reign,
We scorn the cost.

For our flesh profits none;
Life and Spirit are Your words.
For You are God's Word, eternal Son,
And Your body true food affords;
So with the joy Your blood has won
Fill us, dear Lord.

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