Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Communion Hymn Based on Luke 9:10-17

Luke 9:10-17 
English Standard Version (ESV)

10 On their return the apostles told him all that they had done. And he took them and withdrew apart to a town called Bethsaida. 11 When the crowds learned it, they followed him, and he welcomed them and spoke to them of the kingdom of God and cured those who had need of healing. 12 Now the day began to wear away, and the twelve came and said to him, “Send the crowd away to go into the surrounding villages and countryside to find lodging and get provisions, for we are here in a desolate place.” 13 But he said to them, “You give them something to eat.” They said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish—unless we are to go and buy food for all these people.” 14 For there were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” 15 And they did so, and had them all sit down. 16 And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven andsaid a blessing over them. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. 17 And they all ate and were satisfied. And what was left over was picked up, twelve baskets of broken pieces.

Barren Like the Endless Desert

Suggested tune: WORCESTER click on Glory be to God the Father 244 (http://www.lutheran-hymnal.com/online/aTLH_Hymns4.htm).  Meter: 878747.  Based on Luke 9:10-17.  Words: William Weber, 2015. (after sermon, communion, this age/world, renewal/sanctification, Christology)

v. 1
Barren like the endless desert,
empty are our hungry souls.
And this world can never feed us,
nor our mourning hearts console.
Fill us, Jesus,
with the food that makes us whole.

v. 2
In this age that's doomed and fading,
weary do our souls become.
Pride, possessions, pow'r and pleasure,
for the soul are worthless crumbs.
Fill us, Jesus,
with Your life and with Your love.

v. 3
Dark the world by lust disordered,
this our heart apart from grace.
Jesus, may Your Spirit hover
over hearts by sin effaced.
Ever fill us,
'til the day we see Your face.

Who can fill this void within us,
empty, wild, a desert vast?
Who from danger great can free us,
souls by sin and lust harassed?
Fill us, Jesus,
Bread of heaven hold us fast.

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