This is the irrational season
when love blooms bright and wild.
Had Mary been full of reason
there’d have been no room for the child.
Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy upon us.
Jesus, Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy.
O church, arise and put your armor on;
Hear the call of Christ our captain;
For now the weak can say that they are strong
In the strength that God has given.
With shield of faith and belt of truth
We’ll stand against the devil’s lies;
An army bold whose battle cry is “Love!”
Reaching out to those in darkness.
Our call to war, to love the captive soul,
But to rage against the captor;
And with the sword that makes the wounded whole
We will fight with faith and valor.
When faced with trials on ev’ry side,
We know the outcome is secure,
And Christ will have the prize for which He died—
An inheritance of nations.
Come, see the cross where love and mercy meet,
As the Son of God is stricken;
Then see His foes lie crushed beneath His feet,
For the Conqueror has risen!
And as the stone is rolled away,
And Christ emerges from the grave,
This vict’ry march continues till the day
Ev’ry eye and heart shall see Him.
So Spirit, come, put strength in ev’ry stride,
Give grace for ev’ry hurdle,
That we may run with faith to win the prize
Of a servant good and faithful.
As saints of old still line the way,
Retelling triumphs of His grace,
We hear their calls and hunger for the day
When, with Christ, we stand in glory.
“O Church, Arise”
Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
Eternal rest grant unto them
and let perpetual light
shine upon them.
The room of love is another world. You go there wearing no watch, watching no clock. It is the world without end, so small that two people can hold it in their arms, and yet it is bigger than worlds on worlds, for it contains the longing of all things to be together, and to be at rest together. You come together to the day’s end, weary and sore, troubled and afraid. You take it all into your arms, it goes away, and there you are where giving and taking are the same, and you live a little while entirely in a a gift. The words have all been said, all permissions given, and you are free in the place that is the two of you together. What could be more heavenly than to have desire and satisfaction in the same room? If you want to know why even in telling of trouble and sorrow I am giving thanks, this is why.
-Wendell Berry, Hannah Coulter
You can go all the way to the bottom of the well,
because you know who holds the rope.
O Spirit of Jesus, we need Thee. Every morning, noon, and night we need Thee. To change this world out of its wretchedness into Thy gladness we need Thee. Oh, come with Thy great power. It was to the great hearts, t0 the world-minded, that Thou didst promise Thy presence; “Go ye into all the world,” Thou didst say, “and lo, I am with you always.” Save us from ourselves, from our narrow nationalism, from mere sectarianism; save us for Thy kingdom. Save us for the world-wide brotherhood. Save us for Thyself. Save us to be stewards of Thy grace.
-Ralph Cushman, Pocket Prayer Book, 1941
Be present at our table, Lord!
Be here and everywhere adored.
Your mercies bless, and grant that we
May feast in fellowship with Thee.