A Hymn on the Sacrament of the Altar

Here is a hymn I wrote for my congregation.


A Hymn on the Sacrament of the Altar
composed for Faith Lutheran Church, Plano/Wylie, TX

Tune: LSB 513 or TLH 605

  1. The Word of Christ is spoken,
    And angels bend to see
    How hearts, once bound and broken,
    Are set at liberty.
    For Christ, the Lord of Glory,
    Proclaims His death again;
    No doubt can dim the story
    That pardons all our sin.
  2. With bread and wine are given
    Christ’s body and His blood;
    The earthly hides the heaven
    As flesh encloses God;
    The right hand of the Father
    Is now the Holy Place
    Where Christ, our God and Brother,
    Bestows on sinners grace.
  3. Depart each unbeliever
    And those who live in sin!
    Nor let a false deceiver
    Dare here to enter in.
    Discern this gift of Jesus,
    His body and his blood,
    Lest righteous judgment seize us
    For not believing God.
  4. Blest is the hungry spirit,
    Who has no good to give,
    But clings to Jesus’ merit –
    By faith this soul shall live;
    The Lord will not deceive him,
    As sin and Satan do,
    Nor will his Savior leave him,
    Whose Word cries out, “for you!”
  5. And kneeling at the altar,
    United we shall be,
    Though we are weak, and falter,
    Strong is our unity.
    For Jesus’ precious preaching
    Dispels the devil’s pow’r,
    Nor will He let false teaching
    To ever win the hour.
  6. So we with gladness enter,
    And we with gladness leave;
    Christ’s cross is at the center
    Of all that we believe.
    This sacrament will give us
    Abundant joy and peace
    Till angels will receive us
    In Heaven’s Holy Place.

Hymn by Pastor Mark Preus.

Hymn copyright (c) 2012 Pastor Mark Preus. It may be reproduced for devotional and worship purposes. Please include “hymn by Pastor Mark Preus” when reproducing it.


Originally published here

About Pastor Mark Preus

Mark Preus is pastor of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church and Campus Center in Laramie, WY. He graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne with an M.Div. in 2008 and then obtained an M.A. in Classics at the University of KS in 2010. He was ordained at Faith Lutheran Church, Wylie, TX in August of 2010. He has been married to Becky since 2005. God has graciously given them four daughters and five sons. Pr. Preus loves to read and write poetry, especially Lutheran hymns, and talk theology with anybody who has an ear to listen. He also likes coffee too much and tobacco too much, as well as microbrew beer. He can also prove with reasonable certainty that Paul Gerhardt wrote most of his hymns while smoking and drinking beer.

You can find more of Pr. Preus's writings at his blog.


A Hymn on the Sacrament of the Altar — 11 Comments

  1. The second verse is some of the best imagery I’ve seen for a communion hymn. Excellent.

  2. The tune “Ewing” for TLH #605 is also is the same tune as for TLH #613 “Jerusalem the Golden”.

    The meter is which fits several tunes including “Aurelia” which is the tune for TLH #473 “The Church’s One Foundation”.

    Just thought I’d share…..

  3. Before I finished reading through your wonderful new hymn, my mind was using the melody from LSB 684 (Come unto me, ye weary) which is another of those with the 76 76 D meter. Thank you, Pastor Preus, for sharing this with us.

  4. Great hymn! Can we assume that the title is, “The Word of Christ is spoken”? Thank you!

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