We Have Come at Christ's Own Bidding

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We have come at Christ’s own bidding to this high
and holy place,
where we wait with hope and longing for some
token of God’s grace.
Here we pray for new assurance that our faith is not
in vain,
searching like those first disciples for a sign both
clear and plain.
Light breaks in upon our darkness; splendor bathes
the flesh-joined Word;
Moses and Elijah marvel as the heavenly voice is
Eyes and hearts behold with wonder how the Law
and Prophets meet:
Christ, with garments drenched in brightness,
stands transfigured and complete.
Strengthened by this glimpse of glory, fearful lest
our faith decline,
we like Peter find it tempting to remain and build a
But true worship gives us courage to proclaim what
we profess,
that our daily lives may prove us people of the God
we bless.

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Author: Carl P. Daw

The Reverend Carl P. Daw, Jr. Curator of Hymnological Collections Adjunct Professor of Hymnology B.A. Rice University M.A. University of Virginia M.Div. University of the South Ph.D. University of Virginia D. D. Virginia Theological Seminary The Reverend Dr. Carl P. Daw Jr., is an Episcopal priest and writer who served as the Executive Director of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada from 1996 to 2009, while this ecumenical and international organization had its headquarters at Boston University School of Theology. Dr. Daw continues as an Adjunct Professor of Hymnology in the Master of Sacred Music program and acts as the Curator of the Hymnological Collections in the STH Library. In addition to his experience… Go to person page >



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Worship and Rejoice #245
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