A Sunday song

by Kim on February 20, 2011

Heck, Richard seems to have left the building - no Sunday hymn! So here’s the reblog (August 2006) of a - well, I’d call it a woship song, except the term makes me reach for my gun. Anyway, Ben Myers praised it, so I’ll risk the repeat. If you’re a James Taylor fan, maybe you’ll like it too - or reach for your gun.

There is a young rabbi, who preaches and heals,
announcing the kingdom with gladness and glory,
astonishing folk with his knack for a story,
told at a table while sharing a meal.
The rich ones don’t like him – he curses their money;
the poor ones adore him – he blesses their state;
the two-faced denounce him – he tells them they’re phoney;
the sinners revere him – he throws them a fête;
he makes the afflicted feel great:

Praise God, you send us Jesus,
kindling the world with his flame;
he is the one who’s uniquely your Son,
the one whom all Christians proclaim.
Praise God for his wonderful name!

Now the first Maundy Thursday, he washes our feet;
he feeds us, then leaves us for cruel condemnation;
he wrestles the devil and offers oblation,
when on the cross he goes down to defeat.
The soldiers, they sleep, as they guard the dead body;
the women, they weep, as they go to the tomb;
the angels, they laugh, “Are you seeking somebody?
He’s not here, he’s risen and scattered the gloom;
salvation now blossoms and blooms!”

Praise God, you send us Jesus,
kindling the world with his flame;
he is the one who’s uniquely your Son,
the one whom all Christians proclaim.
Praise God for his wonderful name!

(Tune: Sweet Baby James)

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Tim 02.20.11 at 2:57 pm



fat prophet 02.20.11 at 3:25 pm

I hope I haven’t driven Richard away with my comments about his self portrait on another post!
This looks good Kim thanks.


John Cooper 02.20.11 at 8:22 pm

Thanks for that Kim. I’d also begun to wonder what’s happened to Richard - obviously half term is far too exciting that blogging takes a back seat.

Speaking of exciting - will you tease us about what to expect next Sunday morning. Apparently the sunday morning service on Radio 4 will come from ’sketty urc’…..over to you?!


Kim 02.20.11 at 9:57 pm

Hey, John. Yeah, the Radio 4 service. Actually, back in the nineties, my church was responsible for the whole service - and it was Pentecost. An exhausting but tremendous experience, with fantastic feedback (phone calls, letters). On this occasion, we just happen to be in the right place at the right time. A friend and colleague of mine, the Revd. Dr. Noel Davies, former General Secretary of Churches Together in Wales (and the husband of my Church Secretary), was asked by the BBC to lead a service on February 27th - and it just so happens that he was going to be taking the service at my church, Bethel URC, on that Sunday. So Noel asked me if it would be okay for the BBC to take over. Sure, I said. So Noel has drafted the whole service, and is preaching (as a few “reflections”); I will be doing the opening prayers, the final blessing, and some linking. Meanwhile, the good people of Richard’s former church, Sketty Methodist, have just joined us while some major reconstruction is carried out on their building over the next six months, so Richard’s successor, the Revd. John Wiseman, will also be taking part. Up to three hours of rehearsal on Saturday evening, then a 7:00 a.m. arrival at the church on Sunday, ready for an 8:15 a.m. start. I trust it will be a good occasion. The tricky bit will be stifling the yawns!

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