Hymn of preparation

Sunday, December 6th, 2020

I Want to Walk as A Child of the Light

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Tune: HOUSTON


In the late 60’s, while seated amongst the beautiful oak trees on the campus of the University of St. Thomas, Kathleen Armstrong Thomerson (b. 1934) wrote the text to this simplistic yet powerful hymn. In fact, she was so impressed with the beauty of the city, she named the tune after the city itself: HOUSTON. Ms. Thomerson grew up in Tennessee, studied music at the University of Texas and the Syracuse University, and studied organ with some of the leading organist around the world. The hymn was originally published in the supplement to the Episcopal Hymnal 1940, and then again published in The United Methodist Hymnal of 1989. 

While the text was not specifically written for Advent, we can see and feel the longing for and expectation of Christ to dwell among us. Isaiah 42:6 states: “I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles.” In Revelation 21:23, we read that the New Jerusalem had no need of sun, moon, or stars since Christ was the light of all things. During this Advent Season, make Christ the light of your life. Let Him shine in and through you for others to see.


I want to walk as a child of the light. 

I want to follow Jesus. 

God set the stars to give light to the world. 

The star of my life is Jesus.


Refrain: In him there is no darkness at all. The night and the day are both alike. The Lamb is the light of the city of God. Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus


Todd King

Worship Arts Director

Dec. 2, 2020

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