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God of Love and God of Power   Leave a comment

Above:  Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, Atlanta, Georgia, December 11, 2011

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

(https://picasaweb.google.com/114749828757741527421/BishopWhitmoreVisitsTheChurchOfTheEpiphanyAtlanta#5685294792036265394)

Hymn Source = The United Methodist Hymnal:  Book of United Methodist Worship (1989)

Words (circa 1939) by Gerald Hamilton Kennedy (1907-1980), a U.S. Methodist bishop from 1948 and a United Methodist bishop from 1968

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1.  God of love and God of power,

grant us in this burning hour

grace to ask these gifts of thee,

daring hearts and spirits free.

God of love and God of power,

thou hast called us for this hour.

2.  We are not the first to be

banished by our fears from thee;

give us courage, let us hear

heaven’s trumpets ringing clear.

God of love and God of power,

thou hast called us for this hour.

3.  All our lives belong to thee,

thou our final loyalty;

slaves are we whene’er we share

that devotion anywhere.

God of love and God of power,

thou hast called us for this hour.

4.  God of love and God of power,

make us worthy of this hour;

offering lives if it’s thy will,

keeping free our spirits still.

God of love and God of power,

thou has called us for this hour.