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,
Their Easter joy, his seven week's stay
seem now to end.
But no! The Spirit's sending
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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|Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #192||Forsaking Chariots of Fire||Forsaking chariots of fire||THE SAVIOUR LEAVES||The Iona Community||8 4 8 4 6 4||1996||The Christian Year | Ascension; Angels | ; Christian Year | Ascension; Feast | ; Heaven(s)/Paradise | ; Jesus Christ | Ascension and Reign; Jesus Christ | Second Coming; Music and Singing | ; Word of God ||