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Lessons from the Ark
The hymns on this page (text, tune, or both) are apparently either copyrighted or unique to the Presbyterian Hymnal
or could not be found on other hymn sites with both the music and lyrics together.
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click on the "Listen to Music" link with each hymn.

Baptized in Water
God of the Sparrow
How Happy Is Each Child of God
I Sing a Song of the Saints of God
O Christ, the Great Foundation
Lord, When You Came to Jordan

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Baptized in Water
Hymn #492
Familiar Tune: "Morning Has Broken" (Gaelic Melody)
Lyrics: Michael A. Saward, 1981
1.  Baptized in water, Sealed by the Spirit,
Cleansed by the blood of Christ, our King;
Heirs of salvation, Trusting the promise,
Faithfully now God's praises 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 praises we sing.
3. Baptized in water, Sealed by the Spirit,
Marked with the sign of Christ, our King;
Born of the Spirit, We are God's children,
Joyfully now God's praises we sing.
God of the Sparrow
Hymn #272
Tune: Carl F. Schalk, 1983
Lyrics: Jaroslav J. Vajda, 1983
1.God of the sparrow God of the whale
God of the swirling stars
How does the creature say Awe
How does the creature say Praise
2. God of the earthquake God of the storm
God of the trumpet blast
How does the creature cry Woe
How does the creature cry Save
3. God of the rainbow God of the cross
God of the empty grave
How does the creature say Grace
How does the creature say Thanks
4. God of the hungry God of the sick
God of the prodigal
How does the creature say Care
How does the creature say Life
5. God of the neighbor God of the foe
God of the pruning hook
How does the creature say Love
How does the creature say Peace
6. God of the ages God of the hand
God of the loving heart
How do your children say Joy
How do your children say Home

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How Happy Is Each Child of God!
Hymn #239
Tune:  "Winchester Old"
Lyrics:  Dwyn M. Mounger, 1986
1. How happy is each child of God
Who walks within God's ways!
You'll reap good fruit from honest work,
And joy in life always.
2. With fruitful spouse you'll parent now
Your children strong, adored;
Like olive shoots they shall surround
Your laden table board!
3. How happy is the family
Who honors God above!
The Lord shall send all help and grace
To bless your home with love.
4. May God's great peace, good health, and joy
Forever fill your home;
May you and your descendants know
Forever God's shalom! 

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I Sing a Song of the Saints of God
Hymn #364
Tune: GRAND ISLE, Meter: Irr.
Lyrics: Lesbia Scott
1. I sing a song of the saints of God,
patient and brave and true,
who toiled and fought and lived and died
for the Lord they loved and knew.
And one was a doctor, and one was a queen,
and one was a shepherdess on the green;
they were all of them saints of God, and I mean,
God helping, to be one too. 

 2. They loved their Lord so dear, so dear,
and his love made them strong;
and they followed the right for Jesus' sake
the whole of their good lives long.
And one was a soldier, and one was a priest,
and one was slain by a fierce wild beast;
and there's not any reason, no, not the least,
why I shouldn't be one too. 

 3. They lived not only in ages past;
there are hundreds of thousands still.
The world is bright with the joyous saints
who love to do Jesus' will.
You can meet them in school, on the street, in the store,
in church, by the sea, in the house next door;
they are saints of God, whether rich or poor,
and I mean to be one too.

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O Christ, the Great Foundation
Hymn #443
Familiar Tune:  "The Church is One Foundation"
Music: Samuel Sebastian Wesley, 1864 (Aurelia) 
Lyrics:  Timothy T'ingfang Lew, 1933 (alt.) &
Mildred A Wiant, 1966 (trans.)
1. O Christ, the great foundation
On which your people stand
To preach Your true salvation
In every age and land:
Pour out Your Holy Spirit
To make us strong and pure,
To keep the faith unbroken
As long as worlds endure.
2. Baptized in one confession,
One church in all the earth,
We bear our Lord's impression,
The sign of second birth:
One holy people gathered 
In love beyond our own,
By grace we were invited,
By grace we make You known.
3. Where tyrants' hold is tightened,
Where strong devour the weak,
Where innocents are frightened,
The righteous fear to speak,
There let Your church awaking
Attack the powers of sin
And, all their ramparts breaking,
With You the victory win.
4. This is the moment glorious
When He who once was dead
Shall lead His church victorious,
Their champion and their head.
The Lord of all creation
His heavenly kingdon brings,
The final consummation,
The glory of all things.

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Lord, When You Came to Jordan
Hymn #71
Tune:  Genevan Psalter, 1542
Lyrics:  Brian Wren, 1979
1. Lord, when You came to Jordan
And asked to be baptized,
What was Your vow and vision
Of love and sacrifice?
Was there a sudden splendor
Of prophets, priests, and kings,
A wind that stirred the waters,
A blur of mighty wings?
2. Was this God's crowning moment
Of all You had become,
The Spirit's power and blessing:
"Go now, You are My Son."?
Did scripture join with scripture
In words of sharp surprise:
"The Lord's Messiah shall conquer,
Rejected and despised."?
3. Faith rests content with questions
Of when and why and how,
But craves the gift of seeing
What God is doing now.
Lord, bring us to our Jordan
Of newly opened eyes,
Through love, immersed in living,
As You were once baptized.


O For a World

Take My Life and Let It Be

Though I May Speak

Today We Are Called to Be Disciples

Dearest Jesus, We Are Here



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O for a World

Hymn #386


Tune: "O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing"

by Carl G. Glaser (1828) & Lowell Mason (1839)

Lyrics: by Miriam Therese Winter, 1987


1. O for a world where everyone

Respects each other's ways,

Where love is lived and all is done

With justice and with praise.


2. O for a world where goods are shared

 And misery relieved,

Where truth is spoken, children spared,

Equality achieved.


3. We welcome one world family

And struggle with each choice

That opens us to unity

And gives our vision voice.


4. The poor are rich, the weak are strong,

The foolish ones are wise.

Tell all who mourn; outcasts belong,

Who perishes will rise.


5. O for a world preparing for

God's glorious reign of peace,

Where time and tears will be no more,

And all but love will cease.


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Take My Life and Let it Be
Hymn #391
Tune: "Hendon"  H. A. Cesar Malan, 1827
1. Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days;
Let them flow in ceaseless praise,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.
2.  Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet, and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee,
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
3. Take my voice, and let me sing,
Always, only, for my King.
Take my lips, and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee,
Filled with messages from Thee.
4. Take my silver and my gold,
Not a mite would I with-hold;
Take my intellect, and use
Every power as Thou shalt choose,
Every power as Thou shalt choose.
5. Take my will, and make it Thine;
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own;
It shall be Thy royal throne,
It shall be Thy royal throne.
6. Take my love; my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee,
Ever, only, all for Thee.

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Though I May Speak
Hymn #335
(Familiar Hymn: "The Gift of Love")
Tune:  English folk melody
Lyrics:  Hal Hopson 1972
1.  Though I may speak with bravest fire,
And have the gift to all inspire,
And have not love, my words are vain;
As sounding brass, and hopeless gain.
2.  Though I may give all I possess,
And striving so my love profess,
But not be given by love within,
The profit soon turns strangely thin.
3.  Come, Spirit, come, our hearts control,
Our spirits long to be made whole.
Let inward love guide every deed;
By this we worship and are freed.

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Today We Are Called to Be Disciples
Hymn #434
Tune: "Kingsfold" - English Hymnal, 1906
Lyrics:  H. Kenn Carmichael, 1985
1. Today we are all called to be
Disciples of the Lord,
To help to set the captives free,
Make plow-share out of sword,
To feed the hungry, quench their thirst,
Make love and peace our fast,
To serve the poor and homeless first,
Our ease and comfort last.
2. God made the world and at its birth
Ordained our human race
To live as stewards of the earth,
Responding to God's grace.
But we are vain and sadly proud,
We sow not peace but strife,
Our discord spreads a deadly cloud
That threatens all of life.
3. Pray justice may come rolling down
As in a mighty stream,
With righteousness in field and town
To cleanse us and redeem.
For God is longing to restore
An earth where conflicts cease,
A world that was created for
A harmony of peace.
4. May we in service to our God
Act out the living word,
And walk the road the saints have trod
Till all have seen and heard.
As stewards of the earth may we
Give thanks in one accord
To God who calls us all to be
Disciples of the Lord.

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Dearest Jesus, We Are Here
Hymn #493
Tune: "Liebster Jesu", Johann R. Ahle, 1664
Words: Benjamin Schmolk, 1704 
Translation: Catherine Winkworth, 1858
1. Dearest Jesus, we are here,
Gladly Your command obeying.
With this child we now draw near
In response to Your own saying
That to You it shall be given
As a child and heir of heaven.
2. Your command is clear and plain,
And we would obey it duly:
"You must all be born again,
Heart and life renewing truly,
Born of water and the Spirit,
And My kingdom thus inherit"
3. This is why we came to You,
In our arms this infant bearing;
Lort, to us Your glory show;
Let this child, Your mercy sharing,
In Your arms be shielded ever,
Yours on earth and Yours forever.
4. Gracious Lord, Your member own;
Shepherd, take Your lamb and feet it;
Prince of Peace, make here Your throne;
Way of life, to heaven lead it;
Precious vine, let nothing sever
From Your side this branch forever.
Beckley Presbyterian Church
Beckley, West Virginia