Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Epiphany (why waste a good tune!)

After remixing the tune of "I vow to thee my country" I was looking at the songs for the Transcendence service on Sunday, and realised that although "O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness" is the sort of song people usually do at this time of year, it was going to be really tricky to do. (Its in 3 for a start. Have you ever tried writing dance music in 3? Its not impossible, just very very difficult)

Anyway, so I had a look at the words, and had a think about what the service is meant to be about (revelation of God to everyone, not just the "in crowd", and the baptism of Christ and the wedding at Cana thrown in for good measure) and I came up with this...

Feel free to use, project, stick on bits of paper etc...I'm sure you know the tune.

O Christ, You came from Heaven to Earth, infinity made small
Revealing Heaven's surprising plans, you show God's face to all.
We offer You our gold, that is we crown You as our king.
The incense of our worship, a fragrant offering.
And with myrrh we'll touch the wounded ones with precious healing balm
Be your eyes and ears and healing hands to comfort those who mourn.

We have looked for love and seen its face, within a loveless world,
And to those who hope for happiness a sign has been revealed
For we saw Your star while searching, and we found You in our lives
And Your legend took on flesh, Your reality arrives.
Even now You guide the tra-ve-llers, through dangerous dark lands.
Till the day we reach our Heavenly home held safe within Your hands.

Christ You dived into our water and you made our water pure
And You lived within our tangled lives and made them so much more
For the hand of God has touched us, bringing Christ into this place
And there's hope for each culture, each nation, every race
And the baby grows and show us the true face of the Divine
For we simply lived on water yet you turned it into wine.

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