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Albert F. Bayly   1 comment

Above:  The Flag of England

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Albert Frederick Bayly (1901-1984) was an English Congregationalist/United Reformed minister.


Fire of God, Thou Sacred Flame:

Lord of All Good:

Lord, Save Thy World:

Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service:

O Lord of Every Shining Constellation:

Thy Love, O God, has All Mankind Created:


Posted May 19, 2020 by neatnik2009 in Sources B

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When the Morning Stars Together   Leave a comment


Above:  Midnight Sun

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Text by Albert F. Bayly (1901-1984)

Hymn Source = Common Praise (1998), the Anglican Church of Canada


When the morning stars together their creator’s glory sang,

and the angel host all shouted till with joy the heavens rang,

then your wisdom and your greatness their exultant music told,

all the beauty and the splendour which your mighty works unfold.


When in synagogue and temple voices raised their psalmist’ songs,

offering the adoration which alone to you belongs;

when the singers and the cymbals with the trumpet made accord,

glory filled the house of worship, and all knew your presence, Lord.


Voice and instrument, in union through the ages, spoke your praise,

Plainsong, tuneful tuneful hymns, and anthems told your faithful, gracious ways.

Choir and orchestra and organ each a sacred offering brought,

while inspired by your Spirit, poet and composer wrought.


Lord, we bring our gift of music; tough our lips and fire our hearts,

teach our minds and train our senses, fit us for this sacred art.

Then with skill and consecration we would serve you, Lord, and give

all our powers to glorify you, and, in serving, fully life.

Thy Love, O God, Has All Mankind Created   1 comment

Above:  The Golden Rule, by Norman Rockwell

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Text Source = Albert F. Bayly (1901-1984)

Hymn Source = The Hymn Book of the Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada (1971)


Thy love, O God, has all mankind created,

and led thy people to this present hour;

in Christ we see life’s glory consumated;

thy Spirit manifests his living power.


We bring thee, Lord, in fervent intercession

the children of thy world-wide family:

with contrite hearts we offer our confession,

for we have sinned against thy charity.


From out the darkness of our hope’s frustration,

from all the broken idols of our pride,

we turn to seek thy truth’s illumination,

and find thy mercy waiting at our side.


In pity look upon thy children’s striving

for life and freedom, peace and brotherhood,

till at the fullness of thy truth arriving,

we find in Christ the crown of every good.


Inspire thy church, mid earth’s discordant voices,

to preach the gospel of her Lord above,

until the day this warring world rejoices

to hear the mighty harmonies of love.

O Lord of Every Shining Constellation   1 comment

Above:  Ursa Major

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Text by Albert H. Bayly (1901-1984)

Text Source = The Hymn Book of the Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada (1971)


O Lord of every shining constellation

that wheels in splendour through the midnight sky:

grant us thy Spirit’s true illumination

to read the secrets of thy work on high.


And thou who mad’st the atom’s hidden forces,

whose laws its mighty energies fulfil:

teach us, to whom thou giv’st such rich resources,

in all we use, to serve thy holy will.


O Life, awaking life in cell and tissue,

from flower to bud, from beast to brain of man:

O help us trace, from birth to final issue,

the sure unfolding of thine ageless plan.


Thou who hast stamped thine image on thy creatures,

and though they marred that image, lov’st them still:

uplift our eyes to Christ, that in his features

we may discern the beauty of thy will.


Great Lord of nature, shaping and renewing,

who mad’st us more than nature’s sons to be:

help us to tread, thy grace our souls enduing,

the road to life and immortality.

Lord, Save Thy World   1 comment

Above:  Earthrise, Apollo 8 (1968)

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Text by Albert F. Bayly (1901-1984)

Hymn Source = The Hymn Book of the Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada (1971)


Lord, save thy world:  in bitter need

thy children lift their cry to thee;

we wait thy liberating deed

to signal hope and set us free.


Lord, save thy world:  our souls are bound

in iron chains of fear and pride;

high walls of ignorance around

our faces from each other hide.


Lord, save thy world:  we strive in vain

to save ourselves without thine aid;

what skill and science slowly gain

is soon to evil ends betrayed.


Lord, save thy world:  but thou hast sent

the Saviour whom we sorely need;

for us his tears and blood were spent,

that from our bonds we might be freed.


Then save us now, by Jesus’ power,

and use the lives thy love sets free

to bring at last the glorious hour

when all men find thy liberty.

Lord of All Good   1 comment

Above:  An Offering Plate

Image Source = ForestWander

Text by Albert F. Bayly (1901-1984)

Hymn Source = The Hymn Book of the Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada (1971)


Lord of all good, our gifts we bring to thee,

use them thy holy purpose to fulfil,

tokens of love and pledges they shall be

that our whole life is offered to thy will.


We give our mind to understand thy ways,

hands, eyes, and voice to serve thy great design;

heart with the flame of thine own love ablaze,

till for thy glory all our powers combine.


Father, whose bounty all creation shows,

Christ, by whose willing sacrifice we live,

Spirit, from whom all life in fullness flows,

to thee with grateful hearts ourselves we give.

Fire of God, Thou Sacred Flame   1 comment

Above:  Pentecost Dove

Image Scanned from a Bulletin, St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church, Athens, Georgia

Text by Albert F. Bayly (1901-1984)

Hymn Source = The Hymn Book of the Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada (1971)


Fire of God, thou sacred flame,

Spirit who in splendour came,

let thy heat my soul refine,

till it glows with love divine.


Breath of God, that swept in power

in the pentecostal hour,

holy breath, be thou in me

source of vital energy.


Strength of God, thy might within

conquers sorrow, pain and sin:

fortify from evil’s art

all the gateways of my heart.


Truth of God, thy piercing rays

penetrate my secret ways.

May the light that shames my sin

guide me holier paths to win.


Love of God, thy grace profound

knoweth neither age nor bound:

come, my heart’s own guest to be,

dwell for evermore in me.

Sing Ye Praises to the Father   1 comment

Above:  Icon of the Holy Trinity, by Andrei Rublev

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Text by Robert Belgarnie Young (R. B. Y.) Scott (1899-1987)

Hymn Source = The Hymn Book of the Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada (1971)


Sing ye praises to the Father,

sing ye praises to the Son,

sing ye praises to the Spirit,

living and eternal One.

God has made us, God has blessed us,

God has called us to be true;

he is Lord of all creation,

daily making all things new.


Join the praise of every creature,

sing with singing birds at dawn;

when the stars shine forth at nightfall,

hear their heavenly antiphon.

Praise him for the light of summer,

autumn glories, winter snows,

for the coming of the springtime

and the life of all that glows.


Praise God on our days of gladness

for his summons to rejoice,

praise him in our times of sadness

for the comfort of his voice.

God our Father, strong and loving,

Christ our Saviour, Leader, Lord,

living God, Creator Spirit–

by thy holy name adored!

Elizabeth Rundle Charles   2 comments

Above:  The Flag of England

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Elizabeth Rundle Charles (1828-1876), a member of The Church of England, was a poet, painter, musician, translator, hymn writer, historian, and novelist.


Dost Thou in a Manger Lie:

Never Further Than Thy Cross:


Posted May 11, 2020 by neatnik2009 in Sources C

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Dost Thou In A Manger Lie   3 comments

Above:  Jesus in a Manger

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Original Latin Text by Jean Mauburn (1450-1503), 1494

English Translation (1858) by Elizabeth Rundle Charles (1828-1876)

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1940 (1943), The Episcopal Church


Dost thou in a manger lie,

Who hast all created,

Stretching infant hands on high,

Saviour, long awaited?

If a monarch, where thy state?

Where thy court on thee to wait?

Royal purple, where?

Here no regal pomp we see;

Naught but need and penury:

Why thus cradled here?


“Pitying love for fallen man

Brought me down thus low;

For a race deep lost in sin,

Came I into woe.

By this lowly birth of mine,

Sinner, riches shall be thine,

Matchless gifts and free;

Willingly this yoke I take,

And this sacrifice I make,

Heaping joys for thee.”


Fervent praise would I to thee

Evermore be raising;

For thy wondrous love to me

Thee be ever praising.

Glory, glory be for ever

Unto that most bounteous Giver,

And that loving Lord!

Better witness to thy worth,

Purer praise than ours on earth,

Angels’ songs afford.