A HYMN FOR THE OCTAVE DAY OF EPIPHANY
By G.B. Timms, 1975
The sinless one to Jordan came
To share our fallen nature's blame;
God's righteousness he thus fulfilled
And chose the path his Father willed.
Uprising from the waters there,
The voice from heaven did witness bear
That he, the Son of God, had come
To lead his scattered people home.
Above him see the heavenly Dove,
The sign of God the Father's love,
Now by the Holy Spirit shed
Upon the Son's anointed head.
How blest that mission then begun
To heal and save a race undone;
Straight to the wilderness he goes
To wrestle with his people's foes.
Dear Lord, let those baptized from sin
Go forth with thee, a world to win,
And send the Holy Spirit's power
To shield them in temptation's hour.
On thee shall all thy people feed
And know thou art the Bread indeed,
Who gives eternal life to those
That with thee died, and with thee rose.