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Be With Me, Lord, Where’er I Go   1 comment

Above:  St. Peter and St. Paul Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia, August 15, 2017

Photographer = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

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

Text (1740) by John Cennick (1718-1755)


Be with me, Lord, where’er I go,

Teach me what wouldst have me do;

Suggest  whate’r I think or say,

Direct me in the narrow way.


Prevent me lest I harbor pride,

Lest I in my own strength confide;

Show me in my weakness, let me see

I have my power, my all, from Thee.


Enrich me always with Thy love,

My kind Protector ever prove:

Lord, put Thy seal upon my breast,

And let Thy Spirit on me rest.


Assist and teach me how to pray,

Incline my nature to obey;

What Thou abhorest, let me flee,

And only love what pleaseth Thee.


O may I never do my will,

But Thine, and only Thine, fulfill;

Let all my time and all my ways,

Be spent and ended to Thy praise.


Children of the Heavenly King   1 comment

Above:  Abyssian Pilgrims at Jerusalem, February 16, 1899

Photographer = Benjamin West Kilburn

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-ppmsca-10654

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

Words (1742) by John Cennick (1718-1755)


Children of the heavenly King,

As ye journey, sweetly sing;

Sing your Saviour’s worthy praise,

Glorious in His works and ways.


We are traveling home to God

In the way the fathers trod;

They are happy now, and we

Soon their happiness shall see.


Lift your eyes, ye sons of light,

Zion’s city is in sight;

There our endless home shall be,

There our Lord we soon shall see.


Fear not, brethren; joyful stand

On the borders of your land;

Jesus Christ, your Father’s Son,

Bids you undismayed go on.


Lord, obediently we go,

Gladly leaving all below;

Only Thou our Leader be,

And we still will follow Thee.


Hail, Alpha and Omega   1 comment

Above:  Alpha and Omega

Image in the Public Domain

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

Words (1741) by John Cennick (1718-1755)


Hail, Alpha and Omega, hail,

Thou Author of our faith,

The Finisher of all our hopes,

The Truth, the Life, the Path.


Hail, First and Last, Thou great I AM,

In whom we live and move;

Increase our little spark of faith,

And fill our hearts with love.


O, let that faith which Thou hast taught,

Be treasured in our breast;

The evidence of unseen joys,

The substance of our rest.


Then shall we go from strength to strength,

From grace to greater grace;

From each degree of faith to more,

Till we behold Thy face.


Lamb of God Beloved   1 comment

Above:  Logo of the Moravian Church

Scan by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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

Words by John Cennick (1718-1755)


Lamb of God beloved,

Once for sinners slain,

Thankful we remember

What Thou didst sustain;

Nothing Thee incited

But unbounded grace,

To bear condemnation

In the sinner’s place.


I with sacred sorrow

View Mount Calvary;

But my soul rejoces

O’er Thy death for me;

Since Thou by Thy passion

Didst for me atone,

Take me as an offering,

Thine I’ll be alone.


In Thy wounds, O Jesus,

I have found true peace;

Thou in all distresses

Art my hiding-place;

Unto Thee I’ll ever

Look with humble faith,

And rejoice, and glory

In Thy wounds and death.


I unworthy sinner

Lie before Thy throne;

Though I scarce am able

To express, I own,

All my wants, dear Saviour,

Yet Thou know’st them well;

Now in me the counsel

Of Thy love fulfill.


Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown   1 comment

O For a Closer Walk With God   2 comments

Above:  Snow-Covered Trail, Seward, Alaska, 1916

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-ppmsc-01960

Text (1769; published in 1772) by William Cowper (1731-1800)

Hymn Source #1  = The Hymnal (1941), Evangelical and Reformed Church

Hymn Source #2 = The Hymnal 1940 Companion (1949), The Episcopal Church

The original text was six stanzas long.


O for a closer walk with God,

A calm and heavenly frame,

A light to shine upon the road

That leads me to the Lamb.


Where is the blessedness I knew,

When first I saw the Lord?

Where is the soul-refreshing view

Of Jesus, and his word?


What peaceful hours I then enjoyed!

How sweet their memory still!

But they have left an aching void

The world can never fill.


Return, O Holy Dove, return,

Sweet messenger of rest;

I hate the sins that made Thee mourn,

And drove Thee from my breast.


The dearest idol I have known,

Whate’er that idol be,

Help me to tear it from Thy throne,

And worship only Thee.


So shall my walk be close with God,

Calm and serene my frame;

So purer light shall mark the road

That leads me to the Lamb.

Jesus’ Love Unbounded   1 comment

Twelve Apostles

Above:  Twelve Apostles

Image in the Public Domain

Original German Text (1738) by Count Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf (1700-1760)

English Translation (1746), recast in 1788

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


Jesus’ love unbounded

None can e’er explain,

Yet we His disciples

Often cause Him pain;

Even they forget Him

Who have seen His face,

Even they still grieve Him

Who enjoy His grace.


While we Thy past dealings

Gratefully review,

We’re assured, Thy mercies

Are each morning new;

Pardon our transgressions,

Hear our earnest cry;

Us in soul and body

Heal and sanctify.


All our days, O Jesus,

Hallow unto Thee;

May our conversation

To Thy honor be;

Let us all experience,

To the end of days,

Thy abiding presence

‘Midst Thy chosen race.