There are mighty few carols in the Episcopal Church that speak to John 1:1-18, the lection for the first Sunday after Christmas. In order to advance the squad I have written a new song text, and here it is. Permission for local non-profit use is hereby given – but please let me know! It is a Long Meter tune and fits particularly well with Robert Buckley Farlee’s tune Berglund.
In the beginning was the Word,
the Word with God, the Godding Word.
By this Word all things came to be,
the galaxies and stars and worlds.
This Word took flesh and lived with us,
and walked with us, and broke our bread.
It wept and laughed and healed and blessed,
and told strange stories of our God.
Grace upon grace have we received,
forgiveness, mercy, hope, delight,
an empire made of righteousness
known by the Word of God’s own heart.
O gracious Light of new-made hope,
enduring Light, not overcome,
worthy are you, O Living Word,
of joyful praise throughout all time.
(C) 2007 Pamela Grenfell Smith, This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License. This means that you are free to use and adapt it, so long as (1) you attribute authorship and copyright to Pamela Grenfell Smith, (2) your use is non-commercial, and (3) you may not copyright your adaptation of this work under a more restrictive copyright.