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Spirit-Child Jesus

Spirit-child Jesus in joyful refrain,

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn (1996)
Tune: SPIRIT-CHILD
Published in 2 hymnals

Full Text

Spirit-child Jesus, in joyful refrain,
echoing songs over Bethlehem’s plain,
what will we do when the carols all fade?
“Take up my song: Glory! Be not afraid!”

Spirit-child Jesus, in animal shed,
smiling at shepherds from strange borrowed bed,
what will we do when the manger’s away?
“Take up my story, and live it each day!”

Spirit-child Jesus, in starry white light,
twinkling on evergreens shiny and bright,
what will we do when the branches are shorn?
“Take up my cross that for you I have borne!”

Spirit-child Jesus, in vigilant eyes,
awaiting the gift bearing Love’s great surprise,
what will we do when the presents are done?
“Take up my presence, for I am God’s Son!"

Spirit-child Jesus, in hot tongues of flame,
melting the candle alight in your name,
What will we do when the candle is gone?
“Take up my light! Pass it on, pass it on!”

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn

Mary Nelson Keithahn, a United Church of Christ minister and church education specialist, works out of her home in Rapid City, South Dakota as a curriculum writer-editor, journalist, and lyricist for musical dramas and anthems. She has also written over eighty hymns, and her texts are included in hymnals or supplements published by the Advent Christian Church, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Faith Alive Christian Resources, Alternatives for Simple Living/Selah, Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church, United Church of Canada and the United Methodist Church. Mary is a Life Member and former board member of Choristers Guild and a Life Member of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. She is also a member of ASCAP. --mnk Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Spirit-child Jesus in joyful refrain,
Title: Spirit-Child Jesus
Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn (1996)
Meter: 10.10.10.10
Source: "Spirit-Child Jesus" (anthem)
Language: English
Notes: Anthem setting published by Abingdon #081343.

Timeline

Instances

Instances (1 - 2 of 2)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Come Away with Me #10
Worship and Song #3062Text



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