For the Columbia Church of Christ, our worship is usually led by Josh Perry-Perish (accompanied by a worship team). In addition to a love for God, faith in Jesus Christ, and being filled with the Spirit, Josh’s gift for leading worship is accentuated my his musical education and vocation as a music teacher and choral director.
Another offering that Josh brings with his worship leading is that he grew up in an Episcopal Church. So that includes a repertoire of hymns and liturgies that is uncommon to most Churches of Christ. This morning Josh introduced us to a hymn that originates from the 6th century.
Thy hymn is Creator of the Stars of Night and is typically sang during Advent. Any ways, the words are really deep, thoughtful, beautiful and full of praise. Here are the words:
Creator of the stars of night,
Your people’s everlasting light,
O Christ, Redeemer of us all,
We pray you hear us when we call.
In sorrow that the ancient curse
Should doom to death a universe,
You came, O Savior, to set free
Your own in glorious liberty.
When this old world drew on toward night,
You came; but not in splendor bright,
Not as a monarch, but the child
Of Mary, blameless mother mild.
At your great Name, O Jesus, now
All knees must bend, all hearts must bow:
All things on earth with one accord,
Like those in heav’n, shall call you Lord.
Come in your holy might, we pray,
Redeem us for eternal day;
Defend us while we dwell below
From all assaults of our dread foe.
To God Creator, God the Son,
And God the Spirit, Three in One,
Praise, honor, might, and glory be
From age to age eternally.
Here is a Youtube clip of this hymn being sung in chant form: