Karl Digerness is the chief musician at City Church in San Francisco. I’ve had the opportunity to hangout with Karl a couple of times and he is an all around fantastic musician. Besides contributing to a slew of Red Mountain Music projects he also writes fantastic stuff for his own congregation. I recently asked him to send me a song he wrote. This is a great example of artful pairing of text and tune.
Karl’s tune also goes great with Bonar’s communion hymn “Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face to Face”
Spirit of God, descend upon my heart,
Wean it from earth, through all its pulses move;
Stoop to my weakness, mighty as Thou art,
And make me love Thee as I ought to love.
I ask no dream, no prophet-ecstasies;
No sudden rending of the veil of clay;
No angel vision, no opening skies;
But take the dimness of my soul away.
Teach me to feel that Thou art always nigh;
Teach me the struggles of the soul to bear,
To check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh;
Teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.
Hast Thou not bid us love Thee, God and King?
All Thine own, soul, heart and strength and mind;
I see thy cross there teach me to cling;
O let me seek Thee, and O let me find.
Teach me to love Thee as Thine angels love,
One holy passion filling all my frame:
The presence of Thy descended Dove,
My heart an altar, and Thy love the flame.
words: George Croly (1854)
music: Karl Digerness, 2006
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