Number: 493
Title: Dearest Jesus, We Are Here
Composer: Trans. Catherine Winkworth, 1858; alt. Johann Rudolph Ahle, 1664 Harm. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750); alt.
Author: Benjamin Schmolck, 1704
Scripture: John 3:5
Theme: Sacraments and Ordinances

1.  Dearest Jesus, we are here,
    Gladly Your command obeying.
    With this child we now draw near
    In response to Your own saying
    That to You it shall be given
    As a child and heir of heaven.

2.  Your command is clear and plain,
    And we would obey it duly:
    "You must all be born again,
    Heart and life renewing truly,
    Born of water and the Spirit,
    And my kingdom thus inherit."

3.  This is why we come to You,
    In our arms this infant bearing;
    Lord, to us Your glory show;
    Let this child, Your mercy sharing,
    In Your arms be shielded ever,
    Yours on earth and Yours forever.

4.  Gracious Lord, Your member own;
    Shepherd, take Your lamb and feed it;
    Prince of Peace, make here Your throne;
    Way of life, to heaven lead it;
    Precious vine, let nothing sever
    From Your side this branch forever.