I cannot say enough good things about Dr. John Kleinig, Lutheran professor in Australia and author of the outstanding Concordia Commentary volume on Leviticus. In preparing for Bible Class tomorrow, I came across this beautiful hymn for the Holy Communion that he has written. Buy the volume post haste - you will not regret it. Here is the hymn, found on pages 371f of the commentary:
Here we have come to a place that is holy,
The mountain of god,
The city of light.
Here we cross over from earth into heaven,
Receiving by faith
Things hidden from sight.
Here we can join with ten thousands of angels
Who lead us in praise
For what Christ has done.
Here we are part of a worldwide assembly,
In which we are all
Joint heirs with God’s Son.
Here is our Father, the judge of all people,
Who pardons our sins
And shows us his face.
Here we are close to the saints gone before us,
Who rest in the light
Of God’s holy place.
Here we have Jesus, our one mediator,
Who brings God to us
And us back to him.
Here is the blood that makes us sinners holy,
By giving us life
And washing us clean.
UPDATE: Anybody have any good tune suggestions for this meter? I'd like to sing this sometime.