During this time of fear and uncertainty in the COVID-19 wilderness, I’ve decided to do something a little different. I’m going to be daily using my blog to share texts and videos of hymns that pass along hope and comfort until the restrictions are lifted, and we can worship in our buildings once again. I hope you find them to be encouraging and edifying during this time.
Take care, everyone. Wash your hands. And keep the faith.
If you’re looking for a true hymn of hope and comfort for our current situation, this is the perfect choice. We don’t have to create make-believe “online” Eucharist mockeries just to cater to everyone’s felt needs. The Shepherd will feed his flock always. Here’s Trinity Wall Street in New York City.
Shepherd of souls, refresh and bless
thy chosen pilgrim flock
with manna in the wilderness,
with water from the rock.
We would not live by bread alone,
but by thy word of grace,
in strength of which we travel on
to our abiding place.
Be known to us in breaking bread,
and do not then depart;
Saviour, abide with us, and spread
thy table in our heart.
Lord, sup with us in love divine,
thy Body and thy Blood,
that living bread, that heavenly wine,
be our immortal food.
– Stanzas 1-3, anon.; stanza 4, James Montgomery