Brotherly-Love (Hebrews 13:1-3)

If God is love, then you must love,
And love your brother in the faith;
Like-minded, with humility,
As Jesus’ body — one,
We urge each other on.

If God is love, then you must love,
And love the stranger in your place;
So practice hospitality,
For many who thus share,
Host angels unawares.

If God is love, then you must love,
And love the prisoner in chains;
Thus show them solidarity,
Tho’ ridiculed or killed,
We call them ‘brothers’ still.

The Shaking (Hebrews 12:25-29)

But once the Lord spoke by His prophet-seers,
And now He speaks through His incarnate Son.
But once the Israelites refused to hear,
And still some doubt, although the Lord has come.
But once God judged by plague and tumult here,
And now full hell will take the rebel-ones.

Do not defer or slacken from the Lord,
Come to attention when His word is read.
Whose very voice has shaken this whole world,
Obliterating kingdoms, leveled in their dread.
Both earth and heaven He will shake once more,
When He returns to judge the quick and dead.

The Lord is by my side, what shall I fear?
For I will not be shaken from His love.
No tumult negates that the Lord is near,
Nor sunders my salvation in His blood.
His shaking makes his kingdom to appear,
Which will withstand all shaking, fire, or flood.

So let us serve Jehovah as is fit,
Receiving here this kingdom by His hand,
With thankfulness o’erflowing from our lips,
And full devotion to His word’s command,
With reverence and with awe at who He is;
For God is a consuming fire-brand.

Where is This You Brought Us? (Hebrews 12:18-24)

O dread and sovereign Lord,
Where is this you brought us?
To Sinai, hard and scorched,
Through fire-flashing.
Tornado-winds and cloud,
Around Your person shroud,
With trumpet blasting loud.
Your voice in power roaring,
When Moses shook and trembled.
O dread and sovereign Lord.

O great and gracious Lord,
Is this where You brought us?
To Zion’s heavenly court,
With angels feasting.
Your throne on crystal sea,
Your face at last we see,
O Christ, unceasingly.
The Church of the firstborn,
With Jesus blood be-sprinkled.
O great and gracious Lord.