Rejoice in God’s gift of hymnody, recorded at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN during the 2017 Higher Things youth conferences.
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Text: © 2002 Stephen P. Starke, admin. Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: Text © 2002 Stephen P. Starke, administered Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission. Setting by Kevin Hildebrand © 2003 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission. ( http://search.cph.org/search#w=977037)
1 In the shattered bliss of Eden
Dawned the day of sacrifice,
As our primal parents shuddered—
Sin had caused this dreadful price!
Faith embarked with this discernment:
Only God can cover sin,
As He took their leafy garments
And He clothed their shame with skin.
2 Days and months and years unfolding
Clearly showed what sin had wrought:
Fallen Adam’s children learning
Lessons fallen parents taught.
All these sacrificial off’rings
Crested as a crimson flood:
Patriarchs and priests atoning
For their sins with cleansing blood.
3 What these sacrifices promised
From a God who sought to bless,
Came at last—a second Adam—
Priest and King of Righteousness:
Son of God, incarnate Savior,
Son of Man, both Christ and Lord,
Who in naked shame would offer
On the cross His blood outpoured.
4 Lamb of God, once slain for sinners,
Host, who spreads this meal divine,
Here You pledge our sins are covered,
Pledge received in bread and wine:“
Take and eat; this is My body,
Given on the cross for you.
Take and drink; this cup of blessing
Is My blood poured out for you.”
5 Taste and see the bliss of heaven
Known by saints around the throne,
Where the Lamb, in closest union,
Lives to love and feed His own.
From His riven side forever
Flows the purest stream of love,
Love that robes us with the raiment
Worn by all who feast above.
6 Gone the bliss of Eden’s garden,
Gone the age of sacrifice;
Ours the time of grace and favor,
Ours the call to paradise!
Ever, Lord, impress upon us:
Only You can cover sin—
Take our worthless, self-made garments;
Clothe our shame and cleanse within.
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