Hymns

When a new star appears: hymn for Epiphany

​When a new star appears,
to the wise it tells a story
of a far-distant land
and a new king born in glory.
Oh, the Light of the world
must surely be acknowledged.
So a journey they plan
and they travel to pay homage
to the Light of the world.

As the star leads them on,
first they head up to the palace.
To the ruler they go,
little knowing of his malice.
But the Light of the world
can’t be grasped by flaunting power.

And they soon come to know
that a township, not a tower,
holds the Light of the world.

So they open their gifts,
myrrh and frankincense and gold:
finest treasure of nations,
just as prophecy foretold.
For the Light of the world
is a beacon to all peoples.

Tell it forth in elation
from the rooftops and the steeples:
Christ the Light of the world!

For the story is ours.
And we come in adoration,
in obedience and praise;
come to God’s own revelation.
Christ the Light of the world
merits all that we can proffer.
All our wealth, all our days,
all our worship let us offer
to the Light of the world.
Christ the Light of the world.

Tune: Wild Mountain Thyme (Will ye go, lassie, go) – trad. (NB at the end of the FINAL verse, repeat the last line of the tune)

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