God of Our Life, by Hugh T. Kerr   1 comment

God of Our Life

Above:  The Beginning of the Hymn, from The Hymnal (1933)

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

The Reverend Hugh Thomson Kerr, Sr. (1872-1950), was a Canadian-born minister of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.  Kerr, a scholar, a liturgist, Kerr worked on the 1932 incarnation of the PCUSA’s Book of Common Worship.  A hymnodist, he helped prepare the 1933 Hymnal and wrote hymns.  An ecumenist, Kerr was instrumental in founding World Communion Sunday.

I found these hymn lyrics in the 1965 Methodist Hymnal, of The Methodist Church.  The successor, The United Methodist Hymnal, does not include this hymn, unfortunately.




1.  God of our life, through all the circling years,

We trust in thee;

In all the past, through all our hopes and fears,

Thy hand we see.

With each new day, when morning lifts the veil,

We own thy mercies, Lord, which never fail.

2.  God of the past, our times are in thy hand;

With us abide.

Lead us by faith to hope’s true promised land;

Be thou our guide.

With thee to bless, the darkness shines as light,

And faith’s fair vision changes into sight.

3.  God of the coming years, through paths unknown

We follow thee;

When we are strong, Lord, leave us not alone;

Our refuge be.

Be thou for us in life our daily bread,

Our heart’s true home when all our years have sped.

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  1. Pingback: Feast of Hugh Thomson Kerr, Sr., and Hugh Thomson Kerr, Jr. (June 28) | SUNDRY THOUGHTS

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