Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12

Unworthy Servant Tho I Be

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Maybe its all the nice compliments from Ruth … maybe I’m just feeling poetic lately … maybe I’m just waiting for someone to cry out “Don’t give up your day job!”  In any case, here is another hymn I have put to pen for this coming Sunday’s Gospel reading.

Text by Ken Maher

Luke 17:1-10

Tune: #609 (LSB) “Jesus Sinners Doth Receive” [78 78 77]

1. Temptations unto sin must come,

but woe to me for I have caused them.

Careless round the little ones,

my freedoms I do take for granted.

So I cry out unto Thee,

unworthy servant tho I be!

2. My life is an example poor,

so oft it’s lived without due rev’rence.

Little study of Your Word,

even less for Church attendance.

Sacraments, no thought from me,

unworthy servant that I be.

3. Sin all around, so plain to see,

e’en in the lives of those I care for.

Yet no rebuke will come from me,

fearing they might close that door.

Oh does respect mean more to me,

than if their souls God should receive?

4. And when from sin someone repents,

asking me for my forgiveness,

Are the words grudgingly spent,

or given out as if I care less?

Hold back this same, O not from me,

unworthy servant tho I be!

5. By myself I cannot stand,

before your mighty throne in heaven.

I give you naught but empty hand,

pleading but what You have given:

Your own dear Son upon that Tree,

Body broke, Blood shed for me.

6. Worthy servant, faithful fruit,

perfect life, became an offence.

Willingly bore my rebuke,

and now grants me full forgiveness.

Each and every time I need,

His wounded hands my case will plead.

7. Hear now, Lord, my fervent prayer,

given in the name of Jesus,

As I face this world of cares,

side by side with Him who frees us,

Increase my faith, help me to see,

a Worthy Servant I will be!


Author: kenmaher

When I'm not working I enjoy Astronomy, Camping, Comic Books, Epic Fantasy Novels, Games (both playing and designing), Hiking, Juggling, Sci-fi, and building strange things out of pvc pipe. I also enjoy being an honorary pre-schooler with my four great children ... much to their mother's dismay.

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