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Forsaking Chariots of Fire

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1 Forsaking chariots of fire
and fanfared brass,
as strangely silent as he came,
the Saviour leaves
and God, with heaven's caress,
the Son receives.

2 He has to go, as from the grave
he had to rise:
in order to be everywhere
he must depart
to live, not in one place,
but in each heart.

3 So, Christ ascends; air cradles him,
disciples stare.
Their Easter joy, his seven week's stay
seem now to end.
But no! The Spirit's sending
they portend.

4 Let angel harmonies resound;
let trumpets blare;
let heaven's banquet guests applaud
the welcomed Word,
and earth anticipate
her coming Lord.

John L Bell (born 1949) and Graham Maule (born 1958)
© 1988 WGRG, Iona Community, 4th floor, Savoy House, 140 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3DH, Scotland
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Used By Permission. CCL Licence No. Not entered
Copied from HymnQuest 2010: Standard Version
HymnQuest ID: 52904

Author: The Iona Community

The Iona Community, founded in 1938 by the Rev George MacLeod, is an ecumenical Christian community of men and women from different walks of life and different traditions in the Christian church. Its headquarters are in Glasgow, Scotland, where its publishing house Wild Goose Publications is also based, but its main activities take place on the island of Iona, and to a lesser extent also on Mull, in Argyll and Bute. The community began as a project led by George MacLeod, at that time Church of Scotland minister in Govan, Glasgow, to close the gap which he perceived between the Church and working people. He took a group of ministers and working men to Iona to rebuild the ruined medieval Iona Abbey together. The community which grew out… Go to person page >

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First Line: Forsaking chariots of fire
Title: Forsaking Chariots of Fire
Author: The Iona Community (1988)
Publication Date: 1996
Copyright: © 1988 WGRG / The Iona Community / G.I.A. Publications, Inc.


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