Here's the text I wrote for "Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word." We used this as the Processional Hymn yesterday, the choir and congregation singing alternate stanzas. Kinda neat to hear a hymn you wrote being sung. :)
"Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word"
(Text: Rev. Thomas C. Messer; Tune: Erhault Uns Herr - Reformation Day 2010)
Lord, keep us steadfast in Your Word;
Lead us to where it can be heard:
Within Your Holy Church that we
May hear how Christ has set us free.
We know that we are sinners sure,
And of ourselves we have no cure;
Only the Blood of Jesus will
Bring health to we who are so ill.
Baptized into Christ's death are we;
Thus, from us does the devil flee;
Set free from him and worldly strife,
In Jesus Christ we have new life.
Now clothed in Jesus' righteousness,
Our Father does not see the mess
Our sins make of our lives each day,
But only Jesus' perfect way.
And now Lord do You bid us, "Come!"
Into Your Holy House, our home,
That our Baptismal gowns You may
Cleanse with Your Blood again today.
Let us come to this Holy Feast,
From first to last, from great to least,
To sup' on His Body and Blood,
Which is for us the greatest Food.
These Blessed Gifts which we receive
Do fill us with peace as we leave,
And give us strength that as we go,
We tell how Christ o'ercame our woe.
All glory to the Father, Son,
And Holy Spirit, Three in One!
Let all in heav'n and here on earth
Give praise to Him Who gives New Birth!