This retune is one of the first hymns I ever attempted. I had written a song about my sister dying, which was incredibly dark and sad, and so that flavor sort of dusted itself all over any work I touched with this song. I wanted "Go to Dark Gethsemane" to be dark for once. I consider this version to be the cousin of the song about my sister.
This song was performed twice for the RenewDC Easter Vigils of 2012 and 2013. I love those memories, so I wanted to stay true to the performance. What you hear is the closest to it as possible.
This hymn is dedicated to Errin. "We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come."
Go to Dark Gethsemane
Text: James Montgomery (1825); Tune & Arrangement: Rachel Wilhelm
Go to dark Gethsemane, ye that feel the tempter’s power.
Your Redeemer’s conflict see, watch with Him one bitter hour.
Turn not from His grief’s away, learn of Jesus Christ to pray.
Follow to the judgment hall, view the Lord of Life arraigned.
Oh the wormwood and the gall! Oh the pangs His soul sustained.
Shun not suffering, shame or loss, learn of Him to bear the cross.
Calvary’s mournful mountain climb, there adoring at His feet.
Mark the miracle of time, God’s own sacrifice complete.
“It is finished!” hear Him cry, learn of Jesus Christ to die.
from A Kindling Glance,
released March 16, 2016
Produced, Recorded, Mixed and Engineered: Wendell Kimbrough at Asparagus Media Studios in Tacoma, MD
Guitar: Wendell Kimbrough
Cello: Andrew Litke
Violin: Paige Cunningham
Vocals: Rachel Wilhelm