Like a Thief in the Night

Like a thief in the night, Like the pangs that herald birth

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn (2006)
Tune: THIEF IN THE NIGHT
Published in 1 hymnal

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1 Like a thief in the night,
like the pangs that herald birth,
Christ will come, unannounced,
once again upon this earth.
Kyrie eleison.

2 Be prepared, stay awake,
Sons and daughters of the light.
Live in faith, live in hope,
for he comes to make things right.
Kyrie eleison.

3 In the light of God’s grace,
judgment is no cause for fear.
Christ will come to forgive
all who wait, repentant, here.
Kyrie eleison.


Source: Faith That Lets Us Sing: fifty new hymns and short worship songs #52

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn

Mary Nelson Keithahn, a retired United Church of Christ ordained pastor and church educator, has been a curriculum writer-editor, journalist, and lyricist for musical dramas and anthems. She still works out of her home in Rapid City, South Dakota, as a free-lance writer. In 2016 she published Elfie: Adventures on the Midwest Frontier, a chapter book for children, and Embracing the Light: Reflectioins on God’s Holy Word, a collection of meditations for individual or small group use. Augsburg Fortress also published Sing the Stories of God’s NEW People, the third in a trilogy of Bible story-based collections of songs for young children, written with her longtime colleague, John D. Horman. The two have written over a hundred hymns togethe… Go to person page >

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First Line: Like a thief in the night, Like the pangs that herald birth
Title: Like a Thief in the Night
Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn (2006)
Meter: 6.7.6.7 with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Kyrie, kyrie eleison
Copyright: © 2017 Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc.

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