Last week when I was working on my sermon – a sermon that came to have the title “Bear One Another’s Burdens” – in the back of my mind I kept hearing a song by my old friend Bob Bennett. One verse in particular had really drawn my imagination, in which Bob sings,Though an imperfect congregation Full of folly and of doubt We presume to ask our questions Then we wrestle with our finding out We break the bread and pass the cup And try to bear each other up To live the mystery Of Jesus in our time
I decided I needed to get in touch with Bob (who though based in Los Angeles has strong Winnipeg connections through Steve Bell and Signpost Music), to see if he’d let me post an excerpt of the song. He was more than generous, giving us permission to post the full song along with the lyrics.
- To listen to “Jesus in Our Time,” simply click the arrow
The song originally appeared on Bob’s 1997 album, Small Graces, which is currently available in what he calls a “Budget Songs-on-disc-only version.” For more information on this and other discs, simply click here. For those of you who don’t yet know Bob’s music, he is simply one of the best singer-songwriters at work today. His 2002 Signpost Music release The View From Here includes “The Kings of Summer Street,” a song that captures the wonder of childhood, as well as its companion song, “We Were the Kings,” which stands as a poignant reflection on life, aging and death. To view a wonderful video of a live performance of the two songs, simply click here.
Jesus in Our Time Words & Music: Bob Bennett © 1996 Bright Avenue Songs (ASCAP); used with permission
Countless legions of the faithful Crossing every generation Hand-to-shoulder in an unbroken line Lead us to this Sabbath morning We humbly count ourselves among them To seek and find the face of Jesus In our time
Though an imperfect congregation Full of folly and of doubt We presume to ask our questions Then we wrestle with their finding out We break the bread and pass the cup And try to bear each other up To live the mystery Of Jesus in our time Oh Jesus Oh Jesus Jesus in our time
There are those who are among us Who believe they are not worthy We offer you the Word of Life We bid you come and dine Upon the mercy we have tasted And the love given so freely Come take your place at table now With Jesus in our time
And as He promised So we proclaim He will be among us As we gather in His name To heal the broken-hearted To ease our troubled minds We want to know You To follow You Jesus in our time