And here is the hymn: Up that weary hill they stumbled
Words: John Owain Jones, 2014 Tune: Austrian Hymn
Up that weary hill they stumbled Stunned by words that made no sense, With their easy dreams had crumbled Galilean innocence “You’re the Christ!” glib Peter’d trumpeted! “Yes – but listen!” Jesus said “Christ’s road leads down to Jerusalem, And this Christ will soon be dead.”
Up that hill just eight days later, Followed Peter, James and John Stumbling through their new reality Dreams destroyed, faith clinging on. With them, Jesus; through this strangeness He was still what he had been; Who that was, since Caesarea, They must start afresh to glean.
Up the hill, and then, exhausted, Down to rest: and there they wait; Jesus moves away a distance, Prays; they nod – it’s getting late. Now from sleep they’re fully wakened Now they see! Unearthly, bright – Hope, anticipating Easter: Life destroys death’s fearful night!
Down the same strange hill they stumble, All is different, all the same Still before them lies Jerusalem, Their denial, flight and shame. Their new grasp of him will loosen, His of them they will not shake; They have glimpsed the truth that’s in him, Know his way is theirs to take.
Up our own steep hill to worship, Wearying gradient of the mind, Lord, we come, from life’s reality; If escape we seek to find, That is not what Jesus offers: Truth, not wish-dreams; self denied; Cross borne daily; his, our journey; Life transfigured, death destroyed.
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One of our team has written a new wee song for 12th January, on the Baptism of Jesus. It is called ‘When Jesus went down to the water’ and goes to the tune My Bonnie lies over the ocean.
When Jesus went down to the water
to find John baptising the crowd.
The people, they brought sons and daughters,
to live in a new way, they vowed. Jesus, Jesus,
God’s son showed us how we should live and love.
God’s son showed us how we should love.
And Jesus, he spoke to the preacher,
he wanted baptised like the rest,
but John felt this this was not proper,
‘It does not feel right‘ he confessed. Jesus, Jesus, …
But Jesus, well he did not waiver,
and told John that it was okay,
to baptise God’s son, and our Saviour,
so he could help show us the way. Jesus, Jesus, …
When Jesus came out of the water
a bright light shone down from the sky,
a dove flew above with a flutter
‘My son, I am pleased,’ was God’s cry. Jesus, Jesus, …
When John was baptising our Saviour
God’s presence was seen all around,
And Gods here with us and our neighbour,
Our Father, and Spirit and Son. Jesus, Jesus, …
Words: Bryan Kerr
Tune: My Bonnie lies over the ocean (traditional)
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