Thanks to some helpful advice from Kathryn Hill on a different hymn at the 2014 Institute on Liturgy, Preaching, and Church Music (about which I will post later), I've re-worked my latest hymn. It still needs more work, but for once I plan on keeping track of my progress as I make it. Let me know what you think or what advice you might have.
Saints of God, the Devil, Prowling
1. Saints of God, the devil, prowling,
Seeks God's children to devour.
All his demon horde is howling
In this persecution hour—
Tempting, blaming, sin-befouling.
Who on earth resists his pow'r?
2. Saints of God, our holy Father,
Looking from eternity,
Saw our fall, but still would gather
Sinners who from Satan flee.
He sent Christ to be our brother—
Sent the Christ to set us free.
3. Saints of God, the Son, our Savior,
Born of woman, born of God,
Bore the brunt of man’s disfavor,
Bore the curse of death’s foul rod.
Now death’s sting is gone forever,
Overcome is Satan’s fraud.
4. Saints of God, the Spirit crying
Comforts us in ev’ry need.
Death, the world, the devil’s lying
Can no more our souls impede.
Now the Spirit, ever vying,
Calls God’s children free indeed.
5. Saints of God, our flesh betrays us.
Lo, the prince of earth conspires.
All who hate the Word would slay us,
Sentence us to angry fires.
Though they beat us, mock, or flay us,
None can dare our souls require.
6. Saints of God, the world deplores us—
Rage and spite, our earthly lot.
Boldly face the cross before us
Let the faithless scheme and plot.
You, though all the world abhors us,
By Christ’s holy blood are bought.
7. Saints of God, though death comes near us—
Blessed to face the fearful blade—
Rise to pray. The Father hears us.
Tremble not! Be not afraid!
Sing for joy! The Lord will cheer us
With white robes which never fade.
8. Saints of God who live hereunder,
Hail the Lord with heav’nly host.
Martyrs, with the voice of thunder,
Praise the name of which we boast.
Worshipping in endless wonder
Father, Son and Holy Ghost!
(c) 2014 Alan Kornacki, Jr.
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Tune (for now): Ascended Triumph
(LSB 491, © 1973 Henry Gerike)