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Music Director's Monthly Newsletter Message

October 2009 - Music Notes

On September 6, we sang a communion hymn entitled, “Come, Risen Lord” (tune, Sursum Corda, Smith).  I had never heard this hymn before, and in reading the words and playing the music, this quickly because my new favorite communion hymn.  The words were written by George Wallace Briggs (1875-1959), who was an English hymn writer and an Anglican Clergyman.  In 1931, while he was a Canon of Leicester Cathedral in England, he wrote these words.  As we celebrate World Communion Sunday on October 4, we should remember that, as one body as the Church of Christ, we are the Lord’s guests at His feast, “with all Thy saints on earth and saints at rest.”

 

Come, risen Lord, and deign to be our guest; nay, let us be Thy guests; the feast is Thine;

Thyself at Thine own board make manifest in Thine own sacrament of bread and wine.

 

We meet, as in that upper room they met, Thou at the table, blessing, yet dost stand;

“This is My body”; so Thou givest yet:  Faith still receives the cup as from Thy hand.

 

One body we, one body who partake, one church united in communion blest;

One name we bear, one bread of life we break, with all Thy saints on earth and saints at rest.

 

One with each other, Lord, for one in Thee, who art one Savior and one living head;

Then open Thou our eyes, that we may see; be known to us in breaking of the bread.