This is too cool for words: the bishop of my diocese and I both love the same modern worship song, one that will be familiar to CCC’ers.
I was trying to find out whether he had made any kind of statement regarding his time at the Lambeth conference–the once-a-decade gathering of Anglican bishops from around the world. I found he actually blogged his experience there. On the last entry he expressed he’d been in a situation earlier in the day that given him a heavy heart, but his day ended on a more hopeful and upbeat note.
…Our evening worship was offered by the Churches of Ireland. My Irish roots glowing with some pride, my soul was bolstered when we sang a song I have grown to love over the years. It rings true to my belief in Christ, and it came as water to a thirsty soul on this particular day. If you will indulge me, I’ll share the text and reserve my sung rendition until I return, God willing, to be in your midst. It goes like this:
In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all –
Here in the love of Christ I stand.
In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe !
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev’ry sin on Him was laid –
Here in the death of Christ I live.
There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again !
And as He stands in victory,
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine –
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
No guilt in life, no fear in death –
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow’r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me form His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home –
Here in the pow’r of Christ I’ll stand.
This was probably my favorite song we sang in worship at CCC, and I’ve missed it. Finding out that this doctrinally rich song is beloved by two very different but important nurturers and supporters of my faith really means a lot to me.