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“Are You the One Who is to Come?” (preview)

ST. LOUIS 8.6.8.6.7.6.8.6 (“O Little Town of Bethlehem”)
Biblical Text: Matthew 11:2-11. Tune: Lewis Henry Redner, 1868.

“Are you the one who is to come?” John bravely asked the Lord.
John knew the hope he’d counted on And sought a guiding word.
So Jesus gave this answer: Tell what you hear and see!
Tell John about the sick and poor— How God has set them free!

“Are you the one we’re longing for—The name above all names?
We hear each day a thousand words That make competing claims:
“Buy this and you’ll be happy!” “Find meaning here or there!”
But Lord, these other things we seek Lead only to despair.

“Are you the only one we need?” Remind your church anew
That in the midst of sin and greed Our joy is serving you.
In you we still see wonders As peace replaces fear;
You heal the sick, lift up the poor And bring your kingdom here.

Text: Copyright © 2010 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.

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