“Jesus in our Time” | a song shared

“Jesus in our Time” | a song shared

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.

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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

One Response to “Jesus in our Time” | a song shared

  1. Byronmodonnell says:

    Beautiful tune…thx for posting Jamie.

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