New Hymns for the Lectionary
1st Sunday after Epiphany Year A - Gospel

When Jesus Came from Galilee
TEXT: Mark Ryman (2004) based on Matthew 3:13-17.
Martyrdom," by Hugh Wilson (1800).

When Jesus came from Galilee
To John at the Jordan
John pled, not you; Lord, baptize me;
You are recreation.

You are the One who came before
I ever had been wrought.
So baptize me, Oh Lord of yore,
He said without more thought.

But Jesus said, we do this thing
To fulfill righteousness.
When John saw in this God's doing,
Then he did acquiesce.

Then when the Lord had been baptized
He came up straight away.
And just then as good John surmised,
Heaven beamed God's wide ray.

The Spirit of Almighty God
Then settled on the One
With dovelike grace and booming voice:
"This is My beloved Son."

Sometimes we think we know more than
The One who made us all.
We must respond to God-not man-
Whatever else may befall.

© 2004, Mark E. Ryman

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