Thursday, January 5, 2023

472. Easter 7 (Series C)

The lessons for this Sunday are Acts 1:12-26, Revelation 22:1-6 skipping to 12-20 (optional 7-11) and John 17:20-26. The tune is IN DICH HAB ICH GEHOFFET (not to be confused with this tune), variously attributed to songbooks in Leipzig (1573), Augsburg and Nürnberg (1581) and paired with "In Thee, Lord, have I put my trust" in the 1925 Australian Lutheran Hymn-Book, ELHB, TLH, the 1973 Australian LH, LW, CW, ELHy and LSB, and with "O Jesus, Lord, to me most dear" in Aus. LH. There are several arrangements of it that variously cut out melismas and other features that make the rhythmic version the most interesting; I've gone with the rhythmic, in my own arrangement since everybody else's seems to be under copyright.

We pray, dear Lord, that we be one,
As You are, Father, with the Son:
All needless schisms quelling
In kindness true,
Let us in You
And You in us be dwelling.

Our actions as Your body guide,
That in our freedom You may hide,
Revealed in godly choices,
And as we pray
Your yea or nay
Accept with thankful voices.

Bind us as one in faithful love,
Lord, that Your glory from above
May be in us reflected,
That to Your name
We bring acclaim
Until we are perfected.

Come quickly, Bright and Morning Star!
Bid us ascend to where You are,
Where harm shall touch us never:
Then we as one
Before Your throne
Shall reign in light forever.

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