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Come, Join in Cana's Feast

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Uploaded by: kenhager (01/17/16)
Composer: Konig, Johann Balthasar
Sample Producer: Etcetera Consulting
Sample Set: Jörgensen Tribute Organ
Software: Hauptwerk
Genre: Hymn
Tune: Franconia by Johann Balthasar Konig, 1691-1758; adapt. William H. Havergal, 1793-1870.
Text: Herman G. Stuempfle, Jr., b. 1923
Hymnal: Lutheran Service Book, #408

Come, join in Cana's feast
Where Christ is honored guest.
He welcomes all who come to taste
The wine His hands have blessed.

The old wine now is gone
From jars that stand apart.
No longer can it satisfy
The yearning, thirsting heart.

But Christ, the Word made flesh,
Bids water turn to wine.
He fills our empty cups again
With grace and truth divine.

Come, friends, and share the feast;
Here drink the wine supplied
By Him who is both guest and host -
For us, the crucified.

For now He lives and reigns
Through all eternity
With Father, Spirit, Three in One,
The Glorious Trinity.

Although this is in the section of the hymnal for Epiphany, the text seems general enough to be used at any time throughout the church year (except for Lent or Advent) as a communion hymn. As such, I chose for the most part softer registrations, with the customary improvised interlude before the final and Trinitarian verse, which is on full organ. There is one full verse for introduction. After recording this and listening to it, I probably should not have changed the registration while holding the last chord of the intro, but it seemed the right thing to do in the heat of the moment!
I hope you enjoy it.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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