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We Hope in Thee, O God!   1 comment

Above:  Evening Sun

Image in the Public Domain

Text by Marianne Hearn (1834-1909)

Hymn Source = The Methodist Hymnal (1905), Methodist Episcopal Church and Methodist Episcopal Church, South


We hope in thee, O God!

The day wears on to night;

Thick shadows lie across our world,

In thee alone is night.


We hope in thee, O God!

The fading time is here,

But thou abidest strong and true

Though all things disappear.


We hope in thee, O God!

Our joys go one by one,

But lonely hearts can rest in thee,

When all beside is gone.


We hope in thee, O God!

Hope fails us otherwise;

But since thou art in all that is,

Peace takes the hand of care.


We hope in thee, O God!

In whom none hope in vain;

We cling to thee in love and trust,

And joy succeeds to pay.

O Thou, Whose Boundless Love Bestows   1 comment

Above:  Zion Episcopal Church, Talbottan, Georgia, March 19, 2017

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Hymn Source = The Academic Hymnal (1899)

Hymn by Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933)


O Thou, whose boundless love bestows

The joy of life, the hope of heaven;

Thou whose unchartered mercy flows

O’er all the blessings Thou hast giv’n;

Thou, by whose light alone we see;

Thou, by whose truth our souls set free

Are made imperishably strong;

Hear Thou the solemn music of our song.


Grant us the knowledge that we need

To solve the questions of the mind;

Light Thou our candle while we read,

And keep our hearts from going blind;

Enlarge our vision to behold

The wonders Thou hast wrought of old;

Reveal Thyself in ev’ry law,

And gild the towers of truth with holy awe.

O, Most Merciful!   1 comment


Above:  St. James Episcopal Church, Clayton, Georgia, January 29, 2017

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Text by Reginald Heber (1783-1826)

Hymn Source = The English Hymnal (1906), The Church of England


O, most merciful!

O, most bountiful!

God the Father Almighty

By the Redeemer’s

Sweet intercession

Hear us, help us when we cry.

Lord of Mercy and of Might   1 comment

Christ Pantocrator Icon

Above:  Christ Pantocrator

Scan by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Text (1811) by Reginald Heber (1783-1826)

Hymn Sources = The Church Hymnary–Revised Edition (1927), Presbyterian; and


Lord of mercy and of might,

Of mankind the Life and Light,

Jesus, hear and save.


Strong Creator, Saviour mild,

Humbled to a mortal child,

Captive, beaten, bound, reviled,

Jesus, hear and save.


Lamb of God, for sinners slain,

Thou didst bear our grief and pain;

Cleanse us now from every stain;

Jesus, hear and save.


Throned above celestial things,

Borne aloft on angels’ wings,

Lord of lords and King of kings,

Jesus, hear and save.


Soon to come to earth again,

Judge of angels and of men,

Hear us now, and hear us then,

Jesus, hear and save.

Father, I Own Thy Voice   1 comment

Crucifix I July 15, 2014

Above:  A Crucifix

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Hymn Source = American Hymns Old and New (1980)

Text (1868) by Samuel Wolcott (1813-1886)


Father, I own thy voice,

I seek thy loving face;

The fountain of my sweetest joys,

Is thine abounding grace,

Is thine abounding grace.


Saviour, I cling to thee,

Thou victor in the strife,

Thy bloodpaid ransom set me free,

My peace, my hope, my life,

My peace, my hope, my life.


Father, behold thy child,

Guide me, and guard from ill;

In dangers thick, through deserts wild,

Be my protector still,

Be my protector still.


Saviour, gird me with power

For thee the cross to bear;

Victorious in temptation’s hour,

Safe from the secret snare,

Safe from the secret snare.


Ancient of days, to thee,

By love celestial drawn,

My soul thy majesty shall see,

And greet her glory’s dawn,

And greet her glory’s dawn.

Dear Lord, Who Once Upon the Lake of Stormy Galilee   1 comment


Above:  Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee, by Ludolf Bakhuizen

Image in the Public Domain

Text (1890) by Theodore Claudius Pease (1853-1893)

Hymn Source = The Pilgrim Hymnal (1904), National Council of Congregational Churches in the United States


Dear Lord, who once upon the lake

Of stormy Galilee,

Didst from Thy weary pillow wake

To hush the wind and sea,–


Come at our prayer, and speak Thy peace

Within each troubled breast;

Bid the loud winds of passion cease,

And waves of wild unrest:


Let that deep calm our bosoms fill,

That dwells for aye with those

Who lose their wishes in Thy will,

And in Thy love repose.

O Jesus, My Lord, For Ever Adored   1 comment

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Above:  All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Atlanta, Georgia, May 8, 2016

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Original German Text (1737) by Count Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf (1700-1760)

English Translation (1808)

Hymn Source = Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum) (1923)


O Jesus, my Lord,

For ever adored,

My Portion, my All,

At Thy holy feet with abasement I fall.


As sure as I prove

Thy mercy and love,

As Thou life didst gain

For me, and my comfort dost ever remain,–


So sure may I be

Devoted to Thee,

And cheerfully stand,

Prepared to comply with Thy every command.


Keep me through Thy power

So minded each hour,

That I naught beside

May know but Thee only, and Thee Crucified.


Soul, spirit and mind

To Thee be resigned,

Thy throne there erect,

Till Thou Thy whole purpose in me dost effect.


Make me Thine abode,

A temple of God,

A vessel of grace,

Prepared for Thy service, and formed to Thy praise.


The covenant is made

With Thee as my Head;

Lord, grant my request,

To love and to serve Thee, till with Thee I rest.