221. Blessed Jesus, at Your Word

1 Blessed Jesus, at your Word
We are gathered all to hear you.
Let our hearts and souls be stirred
Now to seek and love and fear you,
By your teachings, sweet and holy,
Drawn from earth to love you solely.

2 All our knowledge, sense, and sight
Lie in deepest darkness shrouded
Till your Spirit breaks our night
With the beams of truth unclouded.
You alone to God can win us;
You must work all good within us.

3 Gracious Savior, good and kind,
Light from Light, from God proceeding,
Open now our heart and mind;
Help us by your Spirit's pleading.
Hear the cry your people raises;
Hear and bless our prayers and praises.

4 Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
Praise to you and adoration!
Grant that we your Word may trust,
Confident of our salvation,
While we here below must wander,
Till we sing your praises yonder.

Text Information
First Line: Blessed Jesus, at your Word
Title: Blessed Jesus, at Your Word
Original Language: German
Author (st. 1-3): Tobias Clausnitzer, 1619-84
Translator (st. 1-3): Catherine Winkworth, 1827-78 (alt.)
Meter: 78 78 88
Publication Date: 1993
Topic: Opening of Service
Source: Geistreiches Gesang-B├╝chlein, Berlin, 1707, st. 4; Translator, st. 4, unknown
Tune Information
Name: LIEBSTER JESU, WIR SIND HIER
Composer: Johann R. Ahle, 1625-73 (alt.)
Meter: 78 78 88
Key: G Major
Notes: Alternate settings: 330-461



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