Ascended Christ

Ascended Christ, who gained
the glory that we sing,
anointed and ordained
our prophet, priest, and king:
by many tongues
the church displays
your power and praise
in all her songs.

No titles, thrones, or powers
can ever rival yours;
no passing mood of ours
can turn aside your laws:
you reign above
each other name
of worth or fame,
the Lord of love.

Now from the Father’s side
you make your people new;
since for our sins you died
our lives belong to you:
from our distress
you set us free
for purity
and holiness.

You call us to belong
within one body here;
in weakness we are strong
and all your gifts we share:
in you alone
we are complete
and at your feet
with joy bow down.

All strength is in your hand,
all power to you is given;
all wisdom to command
in earth and hell and heaven:
beyond all words
creation sings
the King of kings
and Lord of lords.