Lead Sheet (PDF)
melody and chords for guitar and voice (full page)Key of G
Full Score (PDF)
four-part score for piano and organ (can be used as half-sheet bulletin insert)Key of G
Music Image (PNG)
melody and words as an image file to paste into bulletins (cropped)Key of G
Text: Benjamin Schmolck, tr. Catherine Winkworth
Music: Johann R. Ahle
Tune: Liebster Jesu, Wir Sind Heir
LBW/WOV Hymn: #187
ReClaim/Sola Hymn: #72
Scripture: John 3:5
1 Dearest Jesus, we are here, Gladly your command obeying.
With this child we now draw near In response to your own saying
That to you it shall be given As a child and heir of heaven.
2 Your command is clear and plain, And we would obey it duly:
"You must all be born again, Heart and life renewing truly,
Born of water and the Spirit, And my kingdom thus inherit."
3 This is why we come to you, In our arms this infant bearing;
Lord to us your glory show; Let this child, your mercy sharing,
In your arms be shielded ever, Yours on earth and yours forever.
4 Gracious head, your member own; Shepherd, take your lamb and feed it;
Prince of Peace, make here your throne; Way of life, to heaven lead it;
Precious vine, let nothing sever From your side this branch forever.
5 Now into your heart we pour Prayers that from our hearts proceeded.
Our petitions heav'nward soar; May our fond desires be heeded!
Write the name we now have given; Write it in the book of heaven!