Dust and Ashes

Music by Ron Klusmeier
Words by Brian Wren
Tune Name: NEWELL

Lyrics as Poetry

Dust and ashes touch our face,
mark our failure and our falling.
Holy Spirit, come,
walk with us tomorrow,
take us as disciples,
washed and wakened by your calling.Take us by the hand and lead us,
lead us through the desert sands,
bring us living water,
Holy Spirit, come.
Dust and ashes soil our hands
greed of market, pride of nation.
Holy Spirit, come,
walk with us tomorrow,
as we pray and struggle
through the meshes of oppression.Take us by the hand and lead us,
lead us through the desert sands,
bring us living water,
Holy Spirit, come.
Dust and ashes choke our tongue
in the wasteland of depression.
Holy Spirit, come,
walk with us tomorrow,
through all gloom and grieving
to the paths of resurrection.Take us by the hand and lead us,
lead us through the desert sands,
bring us living water,
Holy Spirit, come.


Words by
Brian WrenCopyright © 1989 by Hope Publishing Company
(Carol Stream, Illinois) for USA,
Canada, Australia and New Zealand.Copyright © 1989 by Stainer & Bell Limited
(London, England) for all other territories

Comments About Song

BRIAN WREN
from his book “Piece Together Praise” (p 78):


“Written with Ash Wednesday in mind, the hymn explores personal and social dimensions of sin and new life, believing that the Holy Spirit is with us throughout the year, not only at Pentecost.”


Piece Together Praise
(A Theological Journey)
is co-published by:Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, IL USA
(for USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand)Stainer & Bell, Limited
London, England
(for all other countries)


Audio Sample

DUST AND ASHES
One Verse & Refrain
played on piano by Ron Klusmeier

Scripture References

  • Genesis 3:19
  • Genesis 18:27
  • Job 42:6
  • Isaiah 58:5-9
  • Jonah 2:5-9
  • John 4:13-14

Season, Theme
or Subject

  • Ash Wednesday
  • Call to action
  • Depression
  • Discipleship
  • Lent
  • Oppression
  • Resurrection
  • Spirit
  • Water∶ living water

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