A hymn for Palm/Passion Sunday
We Long to Know Peace!
LYONS 10.10.11.11 ("O Worship the King, All Glorious Above!")
"We long to know peace!" Jerusalem said
As Caesar's great troops filled people with dread.
As soldiers and armies marched in with great might,
No justice was found and no peace was in sight.
"Hosanna! God saves!" they cried to the Lord.
They called him a king and looked for his sword.
Would he fight their battles and turn things around?
Then Christ rode a creature of peace into town.
"He isn't our king!" the crowd quickly turned,
Rejecting the gift for which they had yearned.
They mocked him and killed him, yet death did not win.
Christ rose from the dead and brought God's peace again.
"We long to know peace!" O God, we still say,
Yet when Jesus calls we turn him away.
O God, may we see in this non-violent king
The peace that your offer, the life that you bring.
Biblical References: Luke 19:38-40; Luke 22:14-23:56
Tune: Joseph Martin Kraus, 1784; until recently attributed to Johann Michael Haydn ("O Worship the King, All Glorious Above!") (MIDI)
Text: Copyright © 2016 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
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