When Jesus Came Home

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unison or solo with piano - words and music by Peter Amidon

In the Amidons book & CD "Fifty-five Anthems for the Small Church Choir". Zara Bode soloist. When Peter Amidon could not find an anthem that matched the Mark 6:1-13 lectionary scripture one Sunday, he composed this piece for the Guilford (VT) Community Church Choir. You get both unison/piano and vocal score pdfs.

LYRICS

When Jesus Came Home
from Mark 6: 1 - 13
Rewritten by Peter Amidon, 2009

When Jesus came home to synagogue,
When Jesus came home to his own,
His words filled his people with wonder:
Is this the same Jesus we’ve known?

The son of our carpenter Joseph,
Your brothers and sisters here too.
You come back home spouting such wisdom;
What’s become of the Jesus we knew?

“Prophets are not without honor,
Except when they’re with their own,
Prophets are not without honor,
Except when they return home”

He traveled from village to village
Teaching and curing the ill.
He called his disciples around him,
And sent them o’er valley and hill.

“Whenever you walk through a doorway,
  Of those who are fit to receive,
  You do all your heart says is needed
  And stay there until you must leave.”

When Jesus came home to the synogogue
When Jesus came home to his own,
His words filled his people with wonder:
Is this the same Jesus we’ve known?

Tags: children's choir, Sacred, Unison/Piano