Gathered Round Your Table

Here is a Christmas/Easter communion hymn by Margaret Clarkson (1986) that I rewrote the music for in 2003. I had yet to make a recording until I got a request from Bruce Benedict last week so…special thanks to Bruce for instigating this recording and for making the lead sheet too.

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Gathered Round Your Table (listen) (chord chart) (lead sheet)

Gathered ‘round your table on this holy eve,
Viewing Bethlehem’s stable we rejoice and grieve,
Joy to see you lying in your manger bed,
Weep to see you dying in our sinful stead.

Prince of glory gracing heav’n ere time began,
Now for us embracing death as son of man,
By your birth so lovely by your love so true;
By your cross most holy Lord we worship you.

Bethlehem’s incarnation, Calvary’s bitter cross,
Wrought for us salvation by your pain and loss.
Now we fall before you in this holy place,
Prostrate we adore you for your gift of grace.

With profoundest wonder we your body take,
laid in manger yonder broken for our sake,
Hushed in adoration we approach the cup,
Bethlehem’s pure oblation freely offered up.

Christmas babe so tender lamb who bore our blame,
How shall sinners render praises due your name?
Do your own good pleasure in the lives we bring,
In your ransomed treasure reign forever king.

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