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Jesu, tawa pano (Jesus, We Are Here)

Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

God’s children are called to and gathered to give worship to all three members of the Trinity. Belgic Confession, Article 8, gives the clearest explanation of the three persons of the Trinity, including not only their identity, but also their nature and tasks: “The Father is the cause, origin, and source of all things, visible and invisible. The Son is the Word, the Wisdom, and the image of the Father. The Holy Spirit is the eternal power and might, proceeding from the Father and the Son.”

Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 8, Questions and Answers 24 and 25 does so in much briefer form. As does the Belhar Confession, Section 1: “We believe in the triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who gathers, protects and cares for the church through Word and Spirit. This, God has done since the beginning of the world and will do to the end.”


Jesu, tawa pano (Jesus, We Are Here)

Call to Worship

Holy, holy, holy God,
we worship and adore you—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Today in our worship we long for a glimpse of your glory,
seen perfectly in Christ, our Lord.
As we worship, may we gain new insight
about the mystery and wonder of your love.
And may we sense new ways to mirror that love in our world,
through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
[The Worship Sourcebook]
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two

Since we are justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand;
and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.
And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings,
knowing that suffering produces endurance,
and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,
and hope does not disappoint us,
because God’s love has been poured into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
In the shadow of God’s peace,
in the powerful name of Jesus,
and with the hope of the Holy Spirit, let us worship God.
—based on Romans 5:1-5, NRSV
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two

Jesu, tawa pano (Jesus, We Are Here)

Tune Information

E Major



Jesu, tawa pano (Jesus, We Are Here)

Author and Composer Information

Patrick Matsikenyiri (b. 1937) was employed at Africa University, Mutare, Zimbabwe, where he directed the Africa University Choir on tours of the United States of America from 1996 up to his retirement in 2002. Since his retirement, he taught in several institutions in the United States by invitation. Matsikenyiri is a member of The Ecumenical Association of Zimbabawe (EAA), Africa Association for Liturgy Music and the Arts, Pan African Music Research, Pan Africa Society of Music Educators, (PASME) Zimbabwe Association of Music Educators (ZAME), Fellow Cambridge University, Governor-Biographical Institute of the United States of America (F.A.B.I.), Honorary Life Member of the Hymn Society of North America and Canada and member of the Global Praise Working Group of the United Methodist Church, New York.
He has helped to make Africa Music become part of the repertoire used in many churches and organizations to the joy and appreciation of many. He attributes his successes to the encouragement he has received from the Administration, Faculty members and students of Africa University, the community of Zimbabwe and the world at large.
— Emily Brink

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