December 4, 2022
Signs of endings all around us
1 Signs of endings all around us
darkness, death and winter days
shroud our lives in fear and sadness,
numbing mouths that long to praise.
Come, O Christ, and dwell among us!
Hear our cries, come set us free.
Give us hope and faith and gladness.
Show us what there yet can be.
2 Can it be that from our endings,
new beginnings you create?
Life from death, and from our rendings,
realms of wholeness generate?
Take our fears, then, Lord, and turn them
into hopes for life anew:
Fading light and dying season
sing their Glorias to you.
3 Speak, O God, your Word among us.
Barren lives your presence fill.
Swell our hearts with songs of gladness,
terrors calm forebodings still.
Let your promised realm of justice
blossom now throughout the earth;
your dominion bring now near us;
we await the saving birth.
Humbly I adore thee
1 Humbly I adore thee, Verity unseen,
who thy glory hides 'neath these shadows mean;
lo, to thee surrendered, my whole heart is bowed,
tranced as it beholds thee, shrined within the cloud.
2 Taste and touch and vision to discern thee fail;
faith, that comes by hearing, pierces through the veil.
I believe whatever the Son of God hath told;
what the Truth hath spoken, that for truth I hold.
3 O memorial wondrous of the Lord's own death;
living Bread that gives all thy creatures breath,
grant my spirit ever by thy life may live,
to my taste thy sweetness never failing give.
4 Jesus, whom now hidden, I by faith behold,
what my soul doth long for, that thy word foretold:
face to face thy splendor, I at last shall see,
in the glorious vision, blessed Lord, of thee.