Send to the Fields of Thy Harvest, O God   1 comment

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Above:  The Ordination of Priests, the Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia, June 22, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

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Words (1936) by the Reverend P. C. Paulsen (1881-1948)

Hymn Source = Hymnal for Church and Home, Third Edition (1938), of the American Evangelical Lutheran Church and the United Evangelical Lutheran Church, denominations with Danish heritage

http://blogatheologica.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/assembled-in-this-thy-house-danish-american-lutherans-1870-1962/

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1.  Send to the fields of Thy harvest, O God,

Servants whom Thou has appointed;

Send them to labor at home and abroad,

Men by Thy Spirit anointed!

Quicken their labor of reaping,

For to the harvest the fields are white,

Waiting to yield their increase ere night

Into the care of Thy keeping!

2.  Aid them when stormy and turbulent skies

Threaten their pow’r of endurance!

Shield them when enemies cunningly rise,

Seeking to steal their assurance!

Guide with Thy counsel the keepers,

Lest evil forces, which come to kill,

Enter Thy harvest to work their will,

Harming the faith of the reapers!

3.  No man can fathom Thy wisdom, O God,

Nor can Thy judgments we measure;

But if we follow where Jesus has trod,

We shall rejoice in Thy pleasure.

Out of our anguish and sorrow

Rises the sun to dispel the night,

Bringing on wings of the dawn of light

Hopes for a brighter tomorrow.

4.  Lord of the harvest, we kneel at Thy feet,

Bringing these servants before Thee,

Praying that they, with Thy blessings replete,

Always may serve and adore Thee!!

Though they may labor with weeping,

Grant them to garner in Thy employ

Sheaves of Thy wheat with triumphant joy

Into the care of Thy keeping!

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