Up to the Temple One Fine Day

Up to the temple one fine day

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn
Tune: WHEATON (Horman)
Published in 1 hymnal

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Up to the Temple one fine day
went one who thought he knew God's way.
This Pharisee, so tall and proud,
with arms upraised, prayed thus aloud:

"How glad I am to be unique!
I'm strong where other men are weak.
I fast and tithe at your command,
and walk with you, God, hand in hand."

Then standing humbly far away,
with no such righteous resume,
a tax collector bowed his head,
"Forgive me, God, I've sinned," he said.

Up to the Temple one fine day
went two who thought they knew God's way,
but Jesus said, in God's true sight,
the right was wrong, the wrong was right.

God, should we come to you in pride,
remind us of our sinful side,
that all who worship in this place
might seek and find forgiving grace.

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 >

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First Line: Up to the temple one fine day
Title: Up to the Temple One Fine Day
Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn
Language: English


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