Apr 6, 2017

New Song for Lent: I Thirst

Here’s an original song for Lent from Cathy Johns, Senior Pastor at Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Cathy writes: “This Lent we designed a sermon series called "Love Speaks," based on the last Seven Words of Christ from the Cross.  I wrote this song as part of a message entitled: "Love Speaks from the Cross: I Thirst."  In over 33 years of preaching I have never felt the nudge to write a song with original words.  The response to this was humbling as many were blessed by the simple lyrics.”

The tune is original. Cathy says she’d be happy to share it with you if you want to contact her. (You can find her contact information on the church’s website: http://hydeparkchurch.org/.)  

New Song:
Love Speaks from the Cross: I Thirst

You were there when the waters of creation
Heard the words: “Let there be light.”
You were there to transform the water into wine
Bringing joy to Cana that night

Yet here you are – lifted high– so all may know
The Lord of heaven and earth
You laid aside Your glory for this glimpse of Your grace:
Love speaks from the Cross: “I thirst.”

You were there when I was broken and thirsty
Your love brought life-giving rain
You are here, a stream in the desert
To restore me, and make me whole again.

Yes, here you are – lifted high – so all may know
The Lord of heaven and earth
You laid aside Your glory for this glimpse of Your grace: 
Love speaks from the Cross:  I thirst
Love speaks from the Cross,
Love speaks from the Cross….
Love speaks from the Cross:  I thirst.  

 ~ written by Rev. Dr. Cathy Johns, Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, Cincinnati, OH