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Our Father, Thy Dear Name Doth Show   Leave a comment

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Above:  Service of Reconciliation, the Cathedral of St. Philip, October 22, 2014

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Text (1910) by Charles Herbert Richards (1839-1925)

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

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Our Father, thy dear name doth show

The greatness of thy love;

All are thy children here below

As in thy heav’n above;

One family on earth are we

Thro’out its wildest span:

O help us ev’rywhere to see

The brotherhood of man.

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Alike we share thy tender care;

We trust one heav’nly Friend;

Before one mercy-seat in pray’r

In confidence we bend;

Alike we hear thy loving call,

One heav’nly vision scan,

One Lord, one faith, one hope for all,

The brotherhood of man.

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Bring in, we pray, the glorious day

When battle cries are still’d;

When bitter strife is swept away

And hearts with love are fill’d.

O help us banish pride and wrong,

Which since the world began

Have marr’d its peace; help us make strong

The brotherhood of man.

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Close knit the warm fraternal tie

That makes the whole world one;

Our discords change to harmony

Like angel-songs begun:

At last, upon that brighter shore

Complete thy glorious plan,

And heav’n shall crown forevermore

The brotherhood of man.