HymnSite.com's Suggested Hymns

Second Sunday after Christmas

(Year B)

Unifying Theme:
By the blood of the lamb, and then by the blood of the Lamb,
the Lord calls His people and gives them life

Scripture Theme Hymns
Jeremiah 31:7-14
--or--
Sirach 24:1-12
A song of joy for the Lord's salvation #138: The King of Love My Shepherd Is
#381: Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us
#554: All Praise to Our Redeeming Lord
#573: O Zion, Haste
#733: We're Marching to Zion
Psalm 147:12-20
--or--
Wisdom of Solomon 10:15-21
Praise the Lord, Jerusalem #066: Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
#332: Spirit of Faith, Come Down
John 1:(1-9), 10-18 Christ, the Word from the beginning #357: Just as I Am, Without One Plea
#372: How Can We Sinners Know
#479: Jesus, Lover of My Soul
#606: Come, Let Us Use the Grace Divine
#627: O the Depth of Love Divine
Ephesians 1:3-14 Praise for salvation by God's grace #098: To God Be the Glory
#399: Take My Life, and Let It Be

Featured Hymn
O Zion, Haste

Hymn #573
Words by Mary A. Thompson
Music by James Walch
Tune Name: TIDINGS
This week's featured hymn is O Zion, Haste. Written by Mary A. Thompson, the words lead us verse by verse through the high mission of Zion. There is a conquest. It is a conquest of love. There is a message. It is a message of peace. There is a hope. It is the hope of salvation. God loves us. God calls us. God woos us. And when we finally realize and accept the wonder of salvation, we join God's mission. "To tell to all the world that God is light."

The hymn says it so much better. Here, read the words. Feel the words. Live the words. And then live the Word!

1. O Zion, haste, thy mission high fulfilling,
to tell to all the world that God is light,
that he who made all nations is not willing
one soul should perish, lost in shades of night.
(Refrain)
2. Behold how many thousands still are lying
bound in the darksome prisonhouse of sin,
with none to tell them of the Savior's dying,
or of the life he died for them to win.
(Refrain)
3. Proclaim to every people, tongue, and nation
that God, in whom they live and move, is love;
tell how he stooped to save his lost creation,
and died on earth that we might live above.
(Refrain)
4. Give of thine own to bear the message glorious;
give of thy wealth to speed them on their way;
pour out thy soul for them in prayer victorious;
O Zion, haste to bring the brighter day.
(Refrain)
Refrain:
Publish glad tidings, tidings of peace;
tidings of Jesus, redemption and release.

The mission of Zion: tidings of Jesus, peace, redemption, release. Publish the news. Share it with all.

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Passages suggested are from The Revised Common Lectionary: Consultation on Common Texts (Abingdon Press, 1992) copyright © by the Consultation on Common Texts (CCT), P.O. Box 340003, Room 381, Nashville TN 37203-0003. Reprinted with permission of CCT.