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When the Darkness Claims the Moon

by Mark Knickelbein

Item #: 984245 / 2016 / Saddle-stitched paperback / 16 Pages


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Watch and wait for the Lord’s returning! This bold and dramatic piece for SATB, organ, optional congregation, and optional trumpet by Mark Knickelbein has a haunting tune that captures both the mystery and the majesty of Christ’s return. The new text by Lisa M. Clark is based on Matthew 24–25 and Mark 13, exhorting believers to be ready while also providing comfort in Christ’s return for His people. Use this piece at the end of the Church Year and for Advent 1.

When the darkness claims the moon,
Watch and wait for My returning.
Stay awake! I’m coming soon.
Keep your lamps alive and burning.
Train your gaze upon the skies;
I will strengthen weary eyes.

Peace, take heart; I will come back,
Though the hours seem long and dreary.
When enduring each attack,
Turning vision dim and bleary,
Know that I endured the grave—
Conqu’ring hell, your soul to save.

Tell the world the time is near.
I will come in awesome glory.
Wait in hope and do not fear;
Never cease to tell My story.
To all corners, share the Word
Till all ears have clearly heard.

Surely, I will come again;
Heaven’s powers will be shaken.
Hear the saints all cry, “Amen!”
Earthen treasures now forsaken.
I will bring you to My side;
There in peace, we will abide.

Text © 2015 Concordia Publishing House.


When the Darkness Claims the Moon
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Organ, Optional Congregation, Optional Trumpet
Medium - Easy
Advent, Church Triumphant, End Times
Mark Knickelbein
Text Writer:
Lisa M. Clark

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