Archive for November 2011

Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending   2 comments

Above:  Second Coming Icon

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Hymn Source = The Methodist Hymnal (1965), of The Methodist Church

Words by Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

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1.  Lo, he comes with clouds descending,

Once for favored sinners slain;

Thousand, thousand saints attending

Swell the triumph of his train;

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

God appears on earth to reign,

God appears on earth to reign.

2.  Every eye shall now behold him,

Robed in dreadful majesty;

Those who set at naught and sold him,

Pierced and nailed him to the tree,

Deeply wailing, deeply wailing, deeply wailing,

Shall the true Messiah see,

Shall the true Messiah see.

3.  The dear tokens of his passion

Still his dazzling body bears;

Cause of endless exultation

To his ransomed worshipers;

With what rapture, with what rapture, with what rapture,

Gaze we on those glorious scars!

Gaze we on those glorious scars!

4.  Yea, Amen! Let all adore thee,

High on thy eternal throne;

Savior, take the power and glory,

Claim the kingdom for thine own;

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Everlasting God, come down!

Everlasting God, come down!

Fred Pratt Green   Leave a comment

Above:  Logo of The Methodist Church of Great Britain

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Frederick Pratt Green (“Pratt Green” was his surname) lived from 1903 to 2000.  He, a British Methodist minister, wrote over 300 hymns.

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God is Here!:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/god-is-here/

Loving God, As Now We Gather:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/loving-god-as-now-we-gather/

When the Church of Jesus:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/when-the-church-of-jesus/

O Christ the Healer:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/o-christ-the-healer/

For the Fruit of All Creation:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/for-the-fruit-of-all-creation/

When Jesus Came to Jordan:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/when-jesus-came-to-jordan/

To Mock Your Reign, O Dearest Lord:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/to-mock-your-reign-o-dearest-lord/

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To Mock Your Reign, O Dearest Lord   6 comments

Above:  Christ Carrying the Cross, by El Greco

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Hymn Source = The United Methodist Hymnal:  Book of United Methodist Worship (1989)

Words (1972) by Fred Pratt Green (1903-2000), British Methodist minister

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1.  To mock your reign, O dearest Lord, they made a crown of thorns;

set you with taunts along that road from which no one returns.

They could not know, as we do now, how glorious is that crown;

that thorns would flower upon your brow, your sorrows heal our own.

2.  In mock acclaim, O gracious Lord, they snatched a purple cloak;

your passion turned, for all they cared, into a soldier’s joke.

They could not know, as we do now, that though we merit blame,

you will your robe of mercy throw around our naked shame.

3.  A sceptered reed, O patient Lord, they thrust into your hand,

and acted out their grim charade to is appointed end.

They could not know, as we do now, though empires rise and fall,

your kingdom shall not cease to grow till love embraces all.

When Jesus Came to Jordan   6 comments

Above:  The River Jordan

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Hymn Source = The United Methodist Hymnal:  Book of United Methodist Worship (1989)

Words (1973) by Fred Pratt Green (1903-2000), British Methodist minister

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1.  When Jesus came to Jordan to be baptized by John,

he did not come for pardon but as the sinless one.

He came to share repentance with all who mourn their sins,

to speak the vital sentence which good news begins.

2.  He came to share temptation, our utmost woe and loss,

for us and our salvation to die upon the cross.

So when the dove descended on him, the Son of Man,

the hidden years had ended, the age of grace began.

3.  Come, Holy Spirit, aid us to keep the vows we make;

this very day invade us, and every bondage break.

Come, give our lives direction, the gift we covet most:

to share the resurrection that leads to Pentecost.

For the Fruit of All Creation   1 comment

Above:  The Corn Harvest, by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

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Hymn Source = Chalice Hymnal (1995), of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Words (1970), by Fred Pratt Green (1903-2000), British Methodist minister

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1.  For the fruit of all creation,

thanks be to God;

for good gifts to every nation,

thanks be to God;

for the plowing, sowing, reaping,

silent growth while we are sleeping,

future needs in earth’s safekeeping,

thanks be to God.

2.  For the just reward of labor,

God’s will is done;

in the help we give our neighbor,

God’s will is done;

in our worldwide task of caring

for the hungry and despairing,

in the harvests we are sharing,

God’s will is done.

3.  For the harvests of the Spirit,

thanks be to God;

for the good we all inherit,

thanks be to God;

for the wonders that astound us,

for the truths that still confound us,

most of all, that love has found us,

thanks be to God.

O Christ, the Healer   2 comments

Above:  St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Dalton, Georgia, October 23, 2011

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

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Words (1967), by Fred Pratt Green (1903-2000), British Methodist minister

Hymn Source = Chalice Hymnal (1995), of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

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1.  O Christ, the healer, we have come to pray for health, to plead for friends.

How can we fail to be restored when reached by love that never ends?

2.  From every ailment flesh endures our bodies clamor to be freed;

yet in our hearts we would confess that wholeness is our deepest need.

3.  How strong, O Christ, are our desires, how weak our knowledge of ourselves!

Release in us those healing truths unconscious pride resists or shelves.

4.  In conflicts that destroy our health we recognize the world’s disease;

our common life declares our ills.  Is there no cure, O Christ, for these?

5.  Grant that we all, made one in faith, in your community may find

the wholeness that, enriching us, shall reach the whole of humankind.

When the Church of Jesus   1 comment

Above:  Church of the Common Ground, Palm Sunday 2011, Meeting at Woodruff Park, Atlanta, Georgia

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

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Words (1968) by Fred Pratt Green (1903-2000), British Methodist minister

Hymn Source = Chalice Hymnal (1995), of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

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1.  When the church of Jesus shuts its outer door,

lest the roar of traffic drown the voice of prayer,

may our prayers, Lord, make us ten times more aware

that the world we banish is Christian care.

2.  If our hearts are lifted where devotion soars

high above this hungry, suffering world of ours,

lest our hymns should drug us to forget its needs,

forge our Christian worship into Christian deeds.

3.  Lest the gifts we offer, money, talents, time,

serve to salve our conscience, to our secret shame,

Lord, reprove, inspire us by the way you give;

teach us, dying Savior, how true Christians live.