Text: Mark Ryman
Music: Ithamar Conkey
LBW/WOV Hymn: #n/a
ReClaim/Sola Hymn: #orig
Scripture: Matthew 24:36-44
1 Can you tell the time of day, Friend, When the Son of Man comes down?
When He comes to earth once again? When He'll come wearing a crown?
2 Angels do not have rejoinder To the question of the age.
Even Jesus has to wonder When the world will reach that stage.
3 Only God the Father knows when He will have the angel cry-
When He'll have him blow the trump and Jesus will appear on high.
4 He came once before in silence On a quiet, starlit night.
People in their self-reliance, Overlook the blessed sight.
5 Even in the days of Noah They were much like we are now-
Eating, drinking, loving, though the Truth some folks will not avow.
6 They encountered devastation When, at last, it was too late.
Half of us will gain compassion; Back then, there were only eight.
7 Will you heed the signs of Advent, Watching as you sing this hymn?
This time when He makes His descent, God will take you home with Him.
Original words sung to the tune of "In the Cross of Christ I Glory" (LBW 104)
Based on the Gospel Reading for Advent 1A