June, 2014: O Church, Arise
“O Church Arise" is a modern hymn by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend. Its rich lyrics and fitting melody call us in this Missions Month to actively spread the gospel wherever we are.
There is an irony in the text of the hymn, found in the "battle language" it contains. Text like our call to war, an army bold, battle cry, rage against the captor can at first glance seem brutal, but the authors purposefully use that language to inspire deeper thinking from the worshipper.
The Christian's armor, as Paul describes it in Ephesians 6:10-18, consists of truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation, not savagery. Our "call to war", reminds this hymn, is to "love the captive soul", standing up for him with the "sword that makes the wounded whole" through active love and bold proclamation of Biblical truth. And our greatest inspiration to fight on is that the outcome is already decided: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again! The victory and the glory are all for Him.
In addition to "O Church, Arise" the congregation will be taught a simple exclamation of praise chosen from languages spoken in our missionaries' countries. With a different language each Sunday of Missions Month, we join with the global church of Christ in loudly singing,
June 1: ÑÐ»Ð°Ð²Ð° Ð'Ð¾Ð³Ñƒ
Ukranian for “Praise God!”
June 8: Malibongwe
Xhosa for “Let it be praised!” (referring to God’s Name)
June 15: ×"×œ×œ×•×™×"
Hebrew for “Praise Jehovah” (common: “Halleujah!”)
June 22: O lopt een
German for “O Praise Him!”
June 29: Dicsérd Åt
Hungarian for “Praise Him!”
More in Hymn of the Month
June 1, 2014June, 2014: O Church, Arise
May 8, 2014May, 2014: Be Thou My Vision
April 1, 2014April, 2014: I know that my Redeemer lives, Glory Hallelujah