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O Child of Lowly Manger Birth   2 comments

Life of Christ Illustrated

Above:  The Life of Christ (1863)

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-pga-01110

Text (1906) by Ferdinand Quincy Blanchard (1876-1966)

Hymn Source = The Pilgrim Hymnal (1912), U.S. Congregationalist

This is the full version of “O Jesus, Youth of Nazareth.”

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O Child of lowly manger birth

On whose low cry the ages wait,

Lead us thy way, and every day

Guide us to see what made thee great.

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O Jesus, youth of Nazareth,

Preparing for the bitter strife,

Wilt thou impart to every heart

Thy perfect purity of life?

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O Christ whose words make dear the fields

And hillsides green of Galilee,

Grant us to find, with reverent mind,

The truth thou saidst should make us free.

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O suffering Lord on Calvary,

Whom love led on to mortal pain,

We know thy cross is not a loss

If we thy love shall truly gain.

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O Master of abundant life

From natal morn to victory’s hour,

We look to thee, heed thou our plea,

Teach us to share thy ageless power.

When Mother Love Makes All Things Bright   3 comments

Adoration of the Shepherds

Above:  The Adoration of the Shepherds, by Andrea Mantegna

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = The Pilgrim Hymnal (1912), U.S. Congregationalist

Words (1895) by Tudor Jenks (1857-1922)

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1.  When  mother love makes all things bright,

When joy comes with the morning light;

When children gather round their tree,

Thou, Christmas Babe, we sing of thee.

2.  When manhood’s brows are bent in thought

To learn what men of old have taught,

When eager hands seek wisdom’s key,

Wise Temple Child, we learn of thee!

3.  When doubts assail, and perils fright,

When, groping blindly in the night,

We strive to read life’s mystery,

Man of the Mount, we turn to thee!

4.  When shadows of the valley fall,

When sin and death the soul appall,

One light we through the darkness see–

Christ on the Cross, we cry to thee!

5.  And when the world shall pass away,

And dawns at length the perfect day,

In glory shall our souls made free,

Thou God enthroned, then worship thee.

And Art Thou Come With Us to Dwell   1 comment

Nativity

Image in the Public Domain

Words (1874) by Dorothy Greenwell (1821-1882)

Hymn Source = The Pilgrim Hymnal (1912), U.S. Congregationalist

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1.  And art thou come with us to dwell,

Our Prince, our Guide, our Love, our Lord,

And is thy name Emmanuel,

God present with his world restored?

2.  The world is glad for thee,–the rude

Wild moor, the city’s crowded pen,

Each waste, each peopled solitude,

Becomes a home for happy men.

3.  The heart is glad for thee,–it knows

None shall bid it err or mourn,

And o’er its desert breaks the rose

In triumph o’er the grieving thorn.

4.  Thy reign eternal will not cease;

Thy years are sure, and glad, and slow;

Within thy mighty world of peace

The humblest flower hath leave to blow.

5.  And with thy guiding help we pierce

Life’s labyrinth now no longer vain;

The love that frees the universe

Hath made its broken story plain.

6.  The world is glad for thee, the heart

Is glad for thee, and all is well,

And fixed and sure, because thou art,

Whose name is called Emmanuel.

We Stand in Deep Repentance   1 comment

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Above:  Diocesan Confirmation, Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia, April 6, 2014

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Hymn Source = Pilgrim Hymnal (1912), U.S. Congregationalist

Words (1834) by Ray Palmer (1808-1887), U.S. Congregationalist minister

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1.  We stand in deep repentance,

Before thy throne of love;

O God of grace, forgive us,

The stain of guilt remove;

Behold us while with weeping

We lift our eyes to thee;

And all our sins subduing,

Our Father, set us free.

2.  O shouldst thou, from us fallen,

Withhold thy grace to guide,

Forever we should wander

From thee and peace, aside;

But thou to spirits contrite

Dost light and life impart,

That man may learn to serve thee

With thankful, joyous heart.

3.  Our souls,–on thee we cast them,

Our only refuge thou!

Thy cheering words revive us,

When pressed with grief we bow;

Thou bearest the trusting spirit

Upon thy loving breast,

And givest all thy ransomed

A sweet, unending rest.

Take Me, O My Father, Take Me   1 comment

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Above:  Diocesan Confirmation, Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia, April 6, 2014

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Hymn Source = Pilgrim Hymnal (1912), U.S. Congregationalist

Words (1864) by Ray Palmer (1808-1887), U.S. Congregationalist minister

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1.  Take me, o my Father, take me;

Take me, save me, through thy Son;

That which thou wouldst have me, make me,

Let thy will in me be done.

2.  Long from thee my footsteps straying,

Thorny proved the way I trod;

Weary come I now, and praying,

Take me to thy love, my God.

3.  Fruitless years with grief recalling

Humbly I confess my sin;

At thy feet, O Father, falling,

To thy household take me in.

4.  Freely now to thee I proffer

This relenting heart of mine;

Freely life and soul I offer,

Gift unworthy love like thine.

5.  Father, take me; all forgiving,

Fold me to thy loving breast;

In thy love forever living

I must be forever blest.

O Thou Great Friend   1 comment

Above:  St. Clare’s Episcopal Church, Blairsville, Georgia, August 5, 2012

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

(https://picasaweb.google.com/114749828757741527421/BishopWhitmoreSVisitToStClareSBlairsville#5773277839925778946)

Hymn Source = The Pilgrim Hymnal (1912), National Council of Congregational Churches in the United States

Words (1846) by the Reverend Theodore Parker (1810-1860), Unitarian minister and abolitionist, a man who kept a bust of Jesus and a bust of Spartacus on his desk

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1.  O thou great friend to all the sons of men,

Who once appeared in humblest guise below,

Sin to rebuke, to break the captive’s chain,

To call thy brethren forth from want and woe,

2.  Thee would I sing, thy truth is still the light

Which guides the nations groping on their way,

Stumbling and falling in disastrous night,

Yet hoping ever for the perfect day.

3.  Yes, thou still art the Life; thou art the Way

The holiest know–Light, Life, and Way of heaven;

And they who dearest hope and deepest pray

Toil by the truth, life, way that thou has given.

Gracious Spirit, Dwell With Me   1 comment

Image:  St. Clare’s Episcopal Church, Blairsville, Georgia, August 5, 2012

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

(https://picasaweb.google.com/114749828757741527421/BishopWhitmoreSVisitToStClareSBlairsville#5773283311235943938)

Hymn Source = The Pilgrim Hymnal (1912), National Council of Congregational Churches in the United States

Words by Thomas Toke Lynch (1818-1871), an English Congregationalist minister

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1.  Gracious Spirit, dwell with me,

I myself would gracious be;

And with words that help and heal

Would thy life in mine reveal,

And with actions bold and meek

Would for Christ my Savior speak.

2.  Truthful Spirit, dwell with me,

I myself would truthful be;

And with wisdom kind and clear

Let thy life in mine appear,

And with actions brotherly

Speak my Lord’s sincerity.

3.  Silent Spirit, dwell with me:

I myself would quiet be,

Quiet as the growing blade,

Which through earth its way hath made

Silently, like morning light

Putting mists and chills to flight.

4.  Mighty Spirit, dwell with me,

I myself would mighty be;

Mighty so as to prevail

Where unaided man must fail;

Ever by a mighty hope,

Pressing on and bearing up.

5.  Holy Spirit, dwell with me,

I myself would holy be;

Separate from sin, I would

Choose and cherish all things good,

And whatever I can be

Give to him who gave me thee!