Wow. It's been a long time since I've posted a hymn. In fact, this is the first one I've even worked on since my Installation in May. I guess it's not a bad thing, though, to be focusing on the flock which the Shepherd has placed in my care. Anyway, any comments or suggestions for improvement are welcome. And if anyone can write a tune which fits the text better than the two I suggested from LSB, don't hesitate to do so!
The Mighty Word Goes Forth Today
1. The mighty Word goes forth today
Into the hearts of men.
It points us to the narrow way
And says, "Return again."
Repent! Be washed in Satan's bane:
That great baptismal flood
Where souls, once black with sin's dark stain,
Are whitened by Christ's blood.
2. The mighty Word of God we preach--
And never preach in vain.
The Spirit through the Word will teach
And earn a harvest gain.
The Word shall guide us on our path,
A lamp unto our feet,
And in our hearts He stays God's wrath,
Revealing grace complete.
3. The Word incarnate dwells with us.
We meet here in His name.
Where two or three are gathered thus
His presence is proclaimed.
Be present at this Table, Lord--
This great and holy Feast:
Your body slain, Your blood outpoured
For greatest and for least.
4. O Word incarnate, Word of life,
According to Your will,
Unite Your Church and end our strife
And all our sorrows still.
We pray You, guide us on our way
As we yet run our race,
Until that great and glorious day
We see You face to face.
(c) Alan Kornacki, Jr.
C M D (86 86 86 86)
Tune: KINGSFOLD (LSB 846) or ALL SAINTS NEW (LSB 661)