New Epiphany Hymn

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During the celebration of their 75th anniversary in 2013, Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC, learned hymns by Martin Luther they had not sung before. Every month they focused on a different Luther hymn, singing it every Sunday to make sure they learned it. The first hymn was an adaptation of a Medieval antiphon and had but one verse. I used that verse as a frame and inserted two new verses, making it a hymn suitable for Epiphany Sunday. Sing this to #777 or #778 in the Lutheran Service Book, or #784 in Evangelical Lutheran Worship.

Grant Peace, We Pray, in Mercy, Lord

Grant peace, we pray, in mercy, Lord; peace in our time, oh, send us!
For there is none on earth but you, none other to defend us.
You only, Lord can fight for us.

There was a star o’er Bethlehem to guide the wise men onward,
Until they came to the Christ Child and gifts for him they offered.
You only, Lord, can shine for us.

They knelt there in the stable crude and worshiped the Baby King.
When sudden bright epiphany brought wondrous joy exceeding.
You only, Lord, can rule for us.

Grant peace, we pray, in mercy, Lord; peace in our time, oh, send us!
For there is none on earth but you, none other to defend us.
You only, Lord can fight for us. Amen.

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