1 Jesus! shall our watchword be,
As the New Year's dawn spreads o'er us;
Jesus' Name alone will we
As our standard bear before us;
In His cov'nant grace we stand,
Journeying to the promised land.
2 Jesus' Name and Jesus' Word
Shall resound in fullest measure
In our churches, and be heard.
May we tread His courts with pleasure,
That our hearts, through grace anew,
Prove a holy temple too.
3 Thus our pathways would we tread,
And in Jesus' Name confide us;
While this Star guides over head,
Nothing evil can betide us;
In its light of grace and love
Blessings come from heaven above.
4 Jesus' Name shall lighten pain,
And in all our ills relieve us;
Losses thus shall turn to gain,
And to blessings what seemed grievous;
Jesus' Name is Sun and Shield,
Here must all our sorrows yield.
Source: Evangelical Lutheran hymnal: with music #43