River of Life (Epiphany)

 
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The word “epiphany” is a reference to a manifestation or appearance of a divine being. In the Christian Church it celebrates the baptism of Jesus by John in the Jordan River. The scriptural account says that the voice of God declares that Jesus is God’s son. Historically, the Eastern Orthodox Church has made more of this event than the Western Church. The hymn contains many references to water.  Reflecting the triumphs and tribulations of Jesus’ ministry which was to come, the tune of the hymn has both a major and minor key.

Image: Jesus is shown being baptized by his cousin John.  Credit: ©Sweet Publishing Company.  (Link)

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Biblical source: John 1:1-51

Tune Name: RIVER OF LIFE

Meter:  8.6.8.8. with refrain

Hymn content:  5 verses with refrain

Hymn arrangement:  SATB, organ or piano

Sample text:     Refrain, Verse 1, Refrain

Refrain
Come now to the river of life
That Jesus has promised you.
Like him, we too must choose
To lose the old, embrace the new.

Verse 1 (Divinity and Simplicity — We recognize God’s love and plan for us)
We seek the truth, yet crave much more,
Spurred by greed’s shameful shore.
Grant us simplicity,
Life with You, divine destiny.

Refrain
Come now to the river of life
That Jesus has promised you.
Like Him, we too must choose
To lose the old, embrace the new.

Key words: Epiphany, baptism, children, Christian education, discipleship, gifts of God, Jesus Christ, love, water, Bible
 
Collection(s):  Advent/Christmas/Epiphany
 
Credits: The illustration of John is © Sweet Publishing and has been made available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License. More of their illustrations are available at their website: http://sweetpublishing.com.
 
©Copyright 2013, 2016 by Charles R. Kniker and Lynn J. Zeigler. Not to be copied or distributed without written permission.

 


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