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On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry

Author: Charles Coffin (1676-1749); John Chandler (1806-1876) Meter: 8.8.8.8 Appears in 223 hymnals Scripture: Luke 3:1-18 Lyrics: 1 On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry announces that the Lord is nigh; awake and hearken for he brings glad tidings of the King of kings. 2 Then cleansed be every heart from sin; make straight the way for God within; prepare we in our hearts a home, where such a mighty Guest may come. 3 For you are our salvation, Lord, our refuge and our great reward; without your grace we waste away, like flowers that wither and decay. 4 Stretch out your hand, to heal our sore, and make us rise to fall no more; once more upon your people shine, and fill the world with love divine. 5 All praise to you, eternal Son, whose advent has our freedom won, whom with the Father we adore, and Holy Spirit, evermore. Topics: Life in Christ Christ Incarnate - Public Ministry; Christian Year Lent; Christian Year Season of Epiphany; Jesus baptism Used With Tune: WINCHESTER NEW (CRASSELIUS)
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O thou who camest from above

Author: Charles Wesley (1707-1788) Meter: 8.8.8.8 Appears in 166 hymnals Scripture: Luke 3:16 Lyrics: 1 O thou who camest from above the pure celestial fire to impart, kindle a flame of sacred love on the mean altar of my heart. 2 There let it for thy glory burn with inextinguishable blaze, and trembling to its source return, in humble prayer and fervent praise. 3 Jesus, confirm my heart's desire to work, and speak, and think for thee; still let me guard the holy fire, and still stir up thy gift in me: 4 Ready for all thy perfect will, my acts of faith and love repeat, till death thy endless mercies seal, and make the sacrifice complete. Topics: The Holy Spirit in the Church Enlivening and Renewing the Chruch; The Church Celebrates Confirmation; Confirmation; Devotion Used With Tune: HEREFORD
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When John Baptized by Jordan's River

Author: Timothy Dudley-Smith, 1926- Meter: 9.8.9.8 D Appears in 16 hymnals Scripture: Luke 3:2-17 Lyrics: 1 When John baptized by Jordan's river in faith and hope the people came, that John and Jordan might deliver their troubled souls from sin and shame. They came to seek a new beginning, the human spirit's ageless quest, repentance and an end of sinning, renouncing every wrong confessed. 2 There as the Lord, baptized and praying, rose from the stream the sinless One, a voice was heard from heaven saying, "This is my own beloved Son." There as the Father's word was spoken, not in the power of wind and flame, but of his love and peace the token, seen as a dove, the Spirit came. 3 O Son of Man, our nature sharing, in whose obedience all are blest, Saviour, our sins and sorrows bearing, hear us and grant us this request: daily to grow, by grace defended, filled with the Spirit from above; in Christ baptized, beloved, befriended, children of God in peace and love. Topics: Jesus Christ Baptism Used With Tune: RENDEZ À DIEU
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Spirit Divine! attend our prayers

Author: Andrew Reed Meter: 8.6.8.6 Appears in 379 hymnals Scripture: Luke 3:16 Topics: God: His Attributes, Works and Word The Holy Spirit Used With Tune: MILTON
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Wild and Lone the Prophet's Voice

Author: Carl P. Daw, Jr. Meter: 7.7.7.7 D Appears in 8 hymnals Scripture: Luke 3:1-22 Lyrics: 1 Wild and lone the prophet's voice echoes through the desert still, calling us to make a choice, bidding us to do God's will: "Turn from sin and be baptized; cleanse your heart and mind and soul. Quitting all the sin you prized, yield your life to God's control. 2 "Bear the fruit repentance sows: lives of justice, truth, and love. Trust no other claim than those; set your heart on things above. Soon the Lord will come in power, burning clean the threshing floor: then will flames the chaff devour; wheat alone shall fill God's store." 3 With such preaching stark and bold John proclaimed salvation near, and his timeless warnings hold words of hope to all who hear. So we dare to journey on, led by faith through ways untrod, till we come at last like John - to behold the Lamb of God. Topics: The Grace of Jesus Christ Christ's Promised Coming Used With Tune: LA GRANGE (White)
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Come Holy Ghost, our souls inspire

Author: John Cosin (1594-1672) Meter: Irregular Appears in 230 hymnals Scripture: Luke 3:16 Lyrics: 1 Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire, and lighten with celestial fire; thou the anointing Spirit art, who dost thy sevenfold gifts impart. 2 Thy blessèd unction from above is comfort, life, and fire of love; enable with perpetual light the dullness of our blinded sight. 3 Anoint and cheer our soilèd face with the abundance of thy grace; keep far from foes, give peace at home: where thou art guide no ill can come. 4 Teach us to know the Father, Son, and thee, of both to be but One, that through the ages all along this may be our endless song, 'Praise to thine eternal merit, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.' Amen. Topics: The Holy Spirit The Coming of the Spirit; The Church Celebrates Ordination; Christian Year Pentecost; Holy Spirit illunination of; Ordination Used With Tune: VENI CREATOR Text Sources: 9th century
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Baptized in water

Author: Michael Saward (b. 1932) Meter: 5.5.5.3 D Appears in 47 hymnals Scripture: Luke 3:16 Lyrics: 1 Baptized in water, sealed by the Spirit, cleansed by the blood of Christ our king; heirs of salvation, trusting his promise, faithfully now God's praise we sing. 2 Baptized in water, sealed by the Spirit, dead in the tomb with Christ our king; one with his rising, freed and forgiven, thankfully now God's praise we sing. 3 Baptized in water, sealed by the Spirit, marked with the sign of Christ our king; born of one Father, we are his children, joyfully now God's praise we sing. Topics: The Holy Spirit The Church Celebrates - Holy Baptism; Salvation and Redemption Used With Tune: BAPTIZED IN WATER

Our Father, by Whose Name

Author: F. Bland Tucker, 1895-1984 Meter: 6.6.6.6.8.8.8 Appears in 39 hymnals Scripture: Luke 2:22-52; 3 Topics: Ordinary Time 27, Year B; Trinity Sunday; Family Life; Love for Others; Petition; Unity Used With Tune: RHOSYMEDRE
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When Jesus Came to Jordan

Author: Fred Pratt Green, b. 1903 Meter: 7.6.7.6 D Appears in 19 hymnals Scripture: Luke 3:15-22 Lyrics: 1 When Jesus came to Jordan to be baptized by John, he did not come for pardon. but as the Sinless One. He came to share repentance with all who mourn their sins, to speak the vital sentence with which good news begins. 2 He came to share temptation, our utmost woe and loss, for us and our salvation to die upon the cross. So when the Dove descended on him, the Son of Man, the hidden years had ended, the age of grace began. 3 Come, Holy Spirit, aid us to keep the vows we make; this very day invade us, and ev'ry bondage break. Come, give our lives direction, the gift we covet most: to share the resurrection that leads to Pentecost. Topics: Baptism of Our Lord, The; Epiphany Used With Tune: KING'S LYNN

Herald! Sound the Note of Judgement

Author: Moir A. J. Waters (1906-1980) Meter: 8.7.8.7.8.7 Appears in 7 hymnals Scripture: Luke 3:1-18 Topics: Advent; Evangelism; John, the Baptist Used With Tune: NEANDER (UNSER HERRSCHER)

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