As requested, here is the anthem the choir sang this morning at St. Paul's, authored by our own Jonathan Schkade in both text and tune:
As the Rain from Heaven Comes
1. As the rain from heaven comes,
As snow falls from the sky,
And wets the earth and brings forth bud,
As I your bread supply,
So shall My Word go from My mouth,
So shall My Word go out.
REFRAIN: And you shall go with joy,
And peace shall lead you on,
And you shall go with joy.
2. My dear Word will not return
To Me short of its goal.
It will achieve My holy will
And prosper in your soul.
Receive the Word I send to you.
Receive the Word I send.
3. As My Son from heaven comes
To live as mortal man
And walks the earth and brings forth life
As I work out My plan,
So is the Word among you now,
So is the Word with you.
4. My dear Son will not return
To Me short of His goal.
He will achieve My holy will
By dying for your soul.
Receive the life He gives to you.
Receive the life He gives.
5. As the rain from heaven comes,
Renewing tree and vine,
So too your heart has been reborn.
Forgiven, you now shine!
Live out the Savior's boundless love!
Live out the Savior's love!
Copyright Jonathan Schkade, posted with permission of the author