A Wideness in God’s Mercy

Today’s events have left me feeling a dozen or more different emotions. I thought about one of my favorite hymns, and I hope you will join me in prayer for the dead, the wounded, the mourning, and the one who shot the gun. There’s a wideness in God’s mercy like the wideness of the sea; … Continue reading

Expatriate Music

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”false” link=”term=expatriate&iid=7804953″ src=”8/b/0/6/Haiti_Wrestles_With_62a4.jpg?adImageId=12471495&imageId=7804953″ width=”234″ height=”154″ /]As I’m trying to wrap my head around the idea of writing something about faith from the perspective of an expatriate, I’m looking for music to go on this journey with me. So let’s play a word-association game. I rattle off some words, you give me the songs. … Continue reading

At Table in Jerusalem: A Hymn for Maundy Thursday

As it is now Holy Week, I’d like to share a hymn text I wrote for Maundy Thursday 2008. During that 2007-08 year, I taught a course on worship at Wesley United Methodist Church in Beaumont and that small group grew quite close to each other. I wrote this hymn in honor of that “Passionate … Continue reading

O Emmanuel (December 23)

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=freedom&iid=5067290″ src=”a/8/0/9/Woman_with_son_25c3.jpg?adImageId=8552829&imageId=5067290″ width=”234″ height=”186″ /]O EMMANUEL, our ruler and lawgiver, the expectation and savior of the nations: Come and set us free, O Lord our God. O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel, that mourns in lowly exile here until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come … Continue reading

O Rex Gentium (December 22)

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=crowd&iid=5094860″ src=”a/7/c/3/Colorful_Peace_flag_4550.jpg?adImageId=8517622&imageId=5094860″ width=”234″ height=”351″ /]O RULER OF THE GENTILES, their treasure and the cornerstone that binds them in one: Come and save those whom you formed from the dust. O come, Desire of nations bind all peoples in one heart and mind. From dust thou brought us forth to life; deliver us … Continue reading

O Oriens (December 21)

O DAWN from on high, splendor of God’s light and sun of justice: Come and enlighten those who sit in darkness, in the shadow of death. O come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer our spirits by thy justice here; disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and death’s dark shadows put to flight. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel … Continue reading

O Clavis David (December 20)

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=prisoner&iid=307008″ src=”0303/0000303718.jpg?adImageId=8500191&imageId=307008″ width=”234″ height=”151″ /]O KEY OF DAVID and scepter of Israel: You open and no one shall shut; you shut and no one shall open. Come and release from the prison house those who sit in darkness, in the shadow of death. O come, thou Key of David, come, and open … Continue reading

O Radix Jesse (December 19)

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=root&iid=5063504″ src=”6/e/9/1/Waterfall_in_forest_0085.jpg?adImageId=8498492&imageId=5063504″ width=”234″ height=”350″ /]O ROOT OF JESSE: You stand as a signal before your people. Monarchs close their mouths because of you; to you all nations shall bow. Come and deliver us without delay. O come, thou Root of Jesse’s tree, an ensign of thy people be; before thee rulers silent … Continue reading

O Adonai (December 18)

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=leader&iid=247013″ src=”0243/22916408-89af-4b7c-8d46-136aac9ed805.jpg?adImageId=8498475&imageId=247013″ width=”234″ height=”156″ /]O ADONAI, leader of the house of Israel, you appeared to Moses in the burning bush, and at Sinai gave him the Law. Come and redeem us by your outstretched arm. O come, O come, great Lord of might, who to thy tribes on Sinai’s height in ancient … Continue reading

O Sapientia (December 17)

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=teach&iid=310186″ src=”0306/0000306931.jpg?adImageId=8498440&imageId=310186″ width=”234″ height=”156″ /]O WISDOM, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from one end of the earth to the other: You order all things well with strength and gentleness. Come and teach us the way of knowledge. O come, thou wisdom from on high, and order all … Continue reading