During communion on Sunday November 18, Gord Johnson led us in a song he’d written based on Jesus’ words of lament for Jerusalem (Luke 13:34-35). Given that it was at that point looking as if Israel and Gaza were about to explode into a full scale war, it made for a particularly poignant song to sing as we broke bread together. Even now that the tensions seem to have more or less resolved, we share with Jesus that deep sense of lament over a city that seems forever caught up in violence, and we pray that those entrusted with power in both Gaza and Israel will have the imagination to dream and to work for a lasting peace.

As Gord led us in the song, people came up the aisle to take a place in the communion circle, and so you can hear the creaky church floor and the words “the body of Christ, broken for you” in the background.

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The God of our salvation
The bearer of our burdens
When he walked among his people
Looked upon that holy city
And said, how I’ve longed to hold you
To comfort and protect you
Like a mother to her children
And to tell you that I love you


Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Jerusalem           
How I have longed for you…                 


How I have longed for you

One Response to Jerusalem

  1. Aisha Entz says:

    Thanks to Gord Johnson for the beautiful songs you write and share with the church. This one is very touching.

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