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O Lord, Turn Not Thy Face Away   1 comment


Above:  All Angels Episcopal Church, Eatonton, Georgia, January 22, 2017

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Text (1562) by John Marckant; altered by Reginald Heber (1783-1826)

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


O Lord, turn not Thy face away

From them that lowly lie,

Lamenting sore their sinful life

With tears and bitter cry.


Thy mercy gates are open wide

To them that mourn their sin;

O shout them not against us, Lord,

But let us enter in.


And need we, then, O Lord, repeat

The blessing which we crave,

When Thou dost know, before we speak,

The thing that we would have?


Mercy, O Lord, mercy we ask,

This is the total sum;

For mercy, Lord, is all our prayer,

O let Thy mercy come!


This is post #1800 of GATHERED PRAYERS.


Lord, Who Shall Come to Thee   1 comment

John Scrimger

Above:  John Scrimger

Image Source = The Presbyterian Church in Canada

Text by the Reverend John Scrimger (February 10, 1849-August 6, 1915), Canadian Presbyterian; he participated in the planning stages of the formation of The United Church of Canada (1925)

The Story of Our Hymns:  The Handbook to the Hymnal of the Evangelical and Reformed Church (1952), by Armin Haeussler, contains an excellent biography of Scrimger.

Scrimger composed this text, based on Psalm 15, for The Psalter (1912), the committee of which he was a member.  The Psalter (1912) was a product of the United Presbyterian Church of North America; the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.; the Presbyterian Church in Canada; the Reformed Church in America; the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America; the Reformed Presbyterian Church, General Synod; the Christian Reformed Church in North America; the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church; and the Associate Presbyterian Church.

This text seems to have fallen out of favor, based on my survey of germane books in my extensive collection of hymnals.  The most recent volumes I have found to contain the text are the Trinity Hymnal (1961), Orthodox Presbyterian Church; and the Trinity Hymnal–Baptist Edition (1995), Regular Baptists.

Text Source = The Psalter (1914/1927), which is The Psalter (1912) with documents, some of them particular to the Christian Reformed Church in North America, appended


 Lord, who shall come to Thee,

And stand before Thy face?

Who shall abide, a welcome guest,

Within Thy holy place?


The man of upright life,

Sincere in word and deed,

Who slanders neither friend nor foe,

Nor idle tales will heed.


Who honors godly men,

But scorns the false and vile,

Who keeps his promised word to all,

Tho’ loss be his the while.


Who loves not usury,

Nor takes a base reward;

Unmoved forever he shall be,

And stand before the Lord.

Before the Cross Our Lives Are Judged   2 comments

Easter Cross

Above:  Easter Cross, 1877

Copyright by Gibson and Company

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-pga-01328

Hymn Source = The Pilgrim Hymnal (1931/1935), General Council of Congregational Christian Churches

Text (1928) by Ferdinand Quincy Blanchard (1876-1966)

Dr. Blanchard answered Armin Hauessler’s request for information regarding the origin of this hymn.  Haeussler reported an edited version of the reply in The Story of Our Hymns (1952), the companion volume for The Hymnal (1941), the Evangelical and Reformed Church:

In reply to your letter…I would say that what suggested my writing the hymn was the desire to have some words which could be sung to what I always thought was the very beautiful tune of ST. CHRISTOPHER, by Frederick C. Maker.  The words ordinarily associated with it begin, as you know, “Beneath the cross I Jesus I fain would take my stand.”  They are words of a peculiar type of piety which never appealed to me, and I wanted some words which would have a modern appeal.  I therefore appealed the words of the hymn concerning which you wrote.  This was in the year 1928….The hymn was written for my own congregation and without a thought it would travel far.

–Page 292

That congregation was Euclid Avenue Congregational Church, Cleveland, Ohio, which has been South Euclid United Church of Christ since the summer of 2014.


Before the cross of Jesus

Our lives are judged today;

The meaning of our eager strife

Is tested by his Way.

Across our restless living

The light streams from his cross,

And by its clear, revealing beams

We measure gain and loss.


The hopes that lead us onward,

The fears that hold us back,

Our will to dare great things for God,

The courage that we lack,

The faith we keep in goodness,

Our love, as low or pure–

On all, the judgment of the cross

Falls steady, clear, and sure.


Yet humbly, in our striving,

O God, we face its test,

We crave the pow’r to do thy will

With him who did it best.

On us let now the healing

Of his great Spirit fall,

And make us brave and full of joy

To answer to his call.

We Would Be Building   Leave a comment

Cathedral Ruins

Above:  Cathedral Ruins

Image in the Public Domain

Text (1935) by Purd Eugene Deitz (1897-1987)

Hymn Source = The Hymnal for Youth (1941), Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.

I consulted The New Century Hymnal Companion:  A Guide to the Hymns (1998), handbook to The New Century Hymnal (United Church of Christ, 1995), and The Story of Our Hymns:  The Handbook to the Hymnal of the Evangelical and Reformed Church (1952), companion volume to The Hymnal (1941).  Dietz, raised at Zion Reformed Church, York, Pennsylvania, graduated from Central Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, entered the ordained ministry of the Reformed Church in the United States in 1921, and went on to serve at Fourth Reformed Church, Dayton, Ohio, and Trinity (Evangelical and) Reformed Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, before leaving parish ministry.  As of 1952 he taught at Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, and (starting in 1949) served as the Executive Secretary of the Board of National Missions for the Evangelical and Reformed Church.  He also served on the committee for the Book of Worship (1942) of the Evangelical and Reformed Church.  Deitz also represented the Evangelical and Reformed Church at the First Assembly of the World Council of Churches (1948).  He was a minister in three denominations:  the Reformed Church in the United States(1793-1934), which merged into the Evangelical and Reformed Church (1934-1957), which merged into the United Church of Christ.

Deitz composed this hymn in while the pastor of Trinity Evangelical and Reformed Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He was organizing a youth conference themed “Christian Youth Building a New World.”  He could find no suitable hymn for the occasion, so he wrote one and set it to the tune FINLANDIA, one of his favorites.


1.  We would be building; temples still undone

O’er crumbling walls their crosses scarcely lift;

Waiting till love can raise the broken stone,

And hearts creative bridge the human rift;

We would be building,

Master, let Thy plan

Reveal the life that God would give to man.

2.  Teach us to build; upon the solid rock

We set the dream that hardens into deed,

Ribbed with the steel that time and change doth mock,

Th’un failing purpose of our noblest creed;

Teach us to build;

O Master, lend us slight

To see the towers gleaming in the light.

3.  O keep us building, Master; may our hands

Ne’er falter when the dream is in our hearts,

When to our ears there come divine commands

And all the pride of sinful will departs;

We build with Thee,

O grant enduring worth

Until the heavenly Kingdom comes on earth.

No Form of Human Framing/Wherever Men Adore Thee   1 comment

Ecclesia Militans

Above:  Ecclesia Militans

Image in the Public Domain

Text (1920-1921) by Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933)

Hymn Source = The Methodist Hymnal (1935), The Methodist Church (1939-1968) and its three immediate predecessor bodies

The Evangelical and Reformed Church’s Hymnal of 1941 contains a rearranged (stanzas 3, 2, 1, and 4) version of the hymn, listed as “Wherever Men Adore Thee.”  The Hymnal Committee concluded that their arrangement was “more logical.”–Armin Haeussler, The Story of Our Hymns:  The Handbook to the Hymnal of the Evangelical and Reformed Church (St. Louis, MO:  Eden Publishing House, 1952), page 427


1.  No form of human framing,

No bond of outward might,

Can bind Thy Church together, Lord,

And all her flocks unite;

But, Jesus, Thou hast told us

How unity must be:

Thou art with God the Father one,

And we are one in Thee.

2.  The mind that is in Jesus

Will guide us into truth,

The humble, open, joyful mind

Of ever-learning youth;

The heart that is in Jesus

Will lead us out of strife,

The giving and forgiving heart

That follows love in life.

Wherever men adore Thee,

Our souls with them would kneel;

Wherever men implore Thy help,

Their trouble we would feel;

And where men do Thy service,

Though knowing not Thy sign,

Our hand is with them in good work,

For they are also Thine.

4.  Forgive us, Lord, the folly

That quarrels with Thy friends,

And draw us nearer to Thy heart,

Where every discord ends;

Thou art the crown of manhood,

And Thou of God the Son:

O Master of our many lives,

In Thee our life is one.

Almighty Father, Who Dost Give   Leave a comment

Christ Pantocrator Icon

Above:  Christ Pantocrator

Scan by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Text (1922) by John Howard Bertram Masterman (1867-1933), Anglican Bishop of Plymouth (1923-1933)

Hymn Source = The Hymnal of the Evangelical and Reformed Church (1941)

The Christian Youth Hymnal (1948) contains three of the four stanzas and lists the second stanza as the first and the first stanza as the third.


1.  Almighty Father, who dost give

The gift of life to all who live,

Look down on all earth’s sin and strife,

And lift us to a holier life.

2.  Lift up our hearts, O King of kings,

To brighter hopes and kindlier things;

To visions of a larger good,

And holier dreams of brotherhood.

3.  Thy world is weary of its pain,

Of selfish greed and fruitless gain,

Of tarnished honor, falsely strong,

And all its ancient deeds of wrong.

4.  Hear Thou the prayer Thy servants pray,

Uprising from all lands today,

And o’er the vanquished powers of sin

O bring Thy great salvation in.

Lord, Thou Lovest the Cheerful Giver   1 comment

Church of the Ascension

Above:  Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Cartersville, Georgia, May 10, 2015

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Hymn Source = The Hymnal of the Evangelical and Reformed Church (1941)

Text (1880) by Robert Murray (1832-1910)


1.  Lord, Thou lovest the cheerful giver,

Who with open heart and hand

Blesses freely, as a river

That refreshes all the land;

Grant us, then, the grace of giving

With a spirit large and free,

That our life and all our living

We may consecrate to Thee.

2.  Thine own life Thou freely gavest

As an offering on the cross

For all sinners whom Thou savest

From eternal shame and loss.

Blest by Thee with gifts and graces,

May we heed Thy Church’s call,

Gladly in all times and places

Give to Thee, who givest all.

3.  Saviour, Thou hast freely given

All the blessings we enjoy,

Earthly store and bread of heaven,

Love and peace without alloy;

Humbly now we bow before Thee,

And our all to Thee resign;

For the kingdom, power, and glory

Are, O Lord, forever Thine.