Tuesday, May 26, 2020

HYMN: Lord of Harvest, Ever Planting

This is the text that was set aside for my previous text, “I Have Been Called to Serve, O God My King.” As I said, I’ve been working on this text, pretty much fruitlessly, for about a month now. Then, this weekend, I finally received some inspiration, and I got to work, only to be interrupted by a power outage and then by another, more insistent text idea. Still, I was able to complete the first draft of this text once I got the other one out of my system. 

Originally this was a text with an 87 87 meter, but then I combined stanzas to form as 87 87D text, and the combined ideas seem stronger together than apart. This text is for the Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany, based on Matthew 13:24-30 (36-43) text. I tried hard not to sound too much like “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come;” I hope I’ve succeeded. Anyhow, I would appreciate any feedback you could provide.

By the way, this is hymn text 100. Yippee!!!

Lord of Harvest, Ever Planting

1. Lord of harvest, ever planting
Children in the harvest field,
Feeding them by Word and Spirit
To produce a fruitful yield.
Satan hates what God has planted.
He has sowed his blatant lies
To mislead God’s great creation.
Their corruption is his prize.

2. Wheat and tares are sown together:
Worthless weeds and precious grain.
Nobody can tell the diff’rence
‘Til the time to reap again.
Until then, God’s workers tend them:
Word and water, bread and wine.
Wheat and tares, they both will prosper,
Feeding on these gifts divine.

3. Then shall sound the mighty trumpet
On that last and awesome Day.
Christ will send His holy angels
Who will bear the chaff away.
Wholesome wheat, God’s righteous children,
Free at last from Satan’s tares,
Finally rejoice forever
In the wounds our Jesus bears.

4. Son of God, revealed in patience,
Grant that we reflect Your grace,
Loving our unrighteous neighbor,
Seeking good in ev’ry place.
Even as the evil prospers,
Use it for our chastening.
Keep us steadfast, true, and humble,
Faithful to our Savior King.

© 2020 Alan Kornacki, Jr.
87 87D
Occasion: Epiphany V

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