He Comes to Us
Back in early December when this blogging thing was going pretty strong, one of our lesson discussions led us to the choral anthem “He Comes to Us,” arranged by Jane Marshall. The text of the anthem is the last paragraph of Albert Schweitzer’s 1948 book The Quest of the Historical Jesus:
“He comes to us as One unknown, without a name, as of old, by the lakeside, He came to those men who knew Him not. He speaks to us the same word: ‘Follow thou me!’ and sets us to the tasks which He has to fulfill for our time. He commands. And to those who obey Him, whether they be wise or simple, He will reveal Himself in the toils, the conflicts, the sufferings which they shall pass through in His fellowship, and as an ineffable mystery, they shall learn in their own experience Who He is.”
This is not to re-engage in that December discussion, only to state that “He Comes to Us” will be one of two anthems the choir sings at Sunday’s 11 o’clock service (the other a jazz rendition of “Jesus Calls Us”). Of all the choral works I’ve sung, “He Comes to Us” would easily be in my Top Five. I encourage you to tune in.