Lord, What a Parade!
LYONS (10.10.11.11) ("O Worship the King, All Glorious Above!")
Lord, what a parade! The crowd quickly grew;
What noise they all made in welcoming you.
"Hosanna!" they shouted. "It's David's own son!
Hosanna! Come save us! God's reign has begun!"
They welcomed you in, a conquering king,
Yet what kind of reign would you really bring?
It wasn't a war horse you rode on that day;
A creature of peace carried you on your way.
Did those in that crowd expect something more
Than one who reached out in love to the poor?
Did they think a savior with armies was best,
Or did they remember: the peaceful are blessed?
Lord Jesus, it's true — we give you glad praise,
Yet living for you will challenge our ways.
So may we be open and welcome your reign.
Hosanna! Come save us! Renew us again!
Biblical References: Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-40; John 12:12-19; Zechariah 9:9-10; Matthew 5:9
Tune: Johann Michael Haydn; arranged by William Gardiner, 1815 ("O Worship the King, All Glorious Above!")
Text: Copyright © 2011 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
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