Our Father of Mercy (Hebrews 13:20-21)

To the tune: “The Lambs of the Green Hills”

O our Father of mercy, come and share peace with us,
From our enemy save us and renew in us trust.
With peace from sin and suffering from all tumult and lust,
Build unshaken reliance on You, Lord.

O our Lord of creation, come revive us anew,
Resurrect us from sinning, so we’ll seek after You,
Give us life in Your Spirit, life that’s faithful and true,
Dead to dying, we’ll be more like You, Lord.

O our Father and shepherd, faithful unto Your sheep,
Ever guide us with mercy, when we wander or flee,
For, lo, You’re ever watchful, and You never will sleep,
But will rally us back unto You, Lord.

O our Father by promise and in covenant one,
With your blood you have bought us, and have called us Your sons,
In that blood, then, forever, we can confident come,
And Your sacrifice brings us to You, Lord.

O our Father all-holy, You are sacred and pure,
Now equip us for good works, through all suffering endure.
Help us heed those above us, make us generous and sure,
And bear offspring that listen to You, Lord.

O our Father of mercy, you perform what is right,
You are perfect in goodness, ever pleasing in Your sight,
And Your every performance is accomplished in Christ,
Let our praises be given to You, Lord!

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.

Tabernacle (Hebrews 9:1-12)

The great eternal God divine descends,
To tabernacle in the tents of men.
What place could honor Him in holiness?
Or rival Him in royal righteousness?

It is mind-awing in magnificence,
Gold-overlaid in brilliant opulence,
With hosts of priests performing praise to Him,
And blood – yes, ever blood – to cover sin.

So learn the laws the Lord declares today,
If He will dwell with us, we must obey.
So practice purity, for God is here,
Or rousing up His wrath, we fall in fear.

Or see the holy places that He haunts,
In wreaths of incense mists, but without wants,
Enthroned in mystery on the mercy seat,
Yet separate, sacred, veiled that none may see.

Yet God has tabernacled among men,
By taking on the veil of human skin.
His very self fulfills the holy place,
He is the mercy seat who grants us grace.

And He completed all the Law’s demands,
Yet bore the wrath of a law-breaking man.
For He obeyed where we had all rebelled,
Then gave us life in righteousness as well.

We need no blood to satiate the Law,
Because His blood has washed away our flaws.
He cares no more for gold and opulence,
And takes no building, temple, land, or tents.

The great eternal God divine descends,
His tabernacle is the hearts of men.
Unworthy as we are, His pleasure is
To dwell within the saints He claims as His.