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The World Abounds with God’s Free Grace   Leave a comment

Cloud Over a Mountain

Above:  Cloud Over a Mountain

Image in the Public Domain

Text (1980; copyright, 1990), by David G. Mehrtens (October 18, 1930-January 11, 2010), a chemist and a Missouri Synod Lutheran

Hymn Source = The Presbyterian Hymnal:  Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs (1990), Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

The hymn is absent from Glory to God:  The Presbyterian Hymnal (2013), Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod resources, such as Hymnal Supplement 98 (1998) and the Lutheran Service Book (2006), also lack this text.

This hymn seems especially appropriate in the vicinity of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (October 4).

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1.  The world abounds with God’s free grace;

What wonders bless the land!

And on through boundless starry space,

God’s matchless works expand.

Lord, teach us an attitude that thanks You all our days,

A love that shows our gratitude through deeds that live our praise.

2.  Give thanks for plains and valleys spaced

By mountains thrusting high;

Give thanks by fighting greed and waste

That drain their treasures dry.

Lord, teach us an attitude that thanks You all our days,

A love that shows our gratitude through deeds that live our praise.

3.  In full thanksgiving for God’s love,

From which earth’s blessings flow,

Protect the precious air above,

The waters spread below.

Lord, teach us an attitude that thanks You all our days,

A love that shows our gratitude through deeds that live our praise.

4.  Give thanks in hope, rejoice, repent,

And practice all you prayed;

True thanks can never be content

To foul the world God made.

Lord, teach us an attitude that thanks You all our days,

A love that shows our gratitude through deeds that live our praise.

Saint Francis of Assisi   Leave a comment

A Garden Statue of Saint Francis of Assisi

Image Source = Wikipedia

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All Creatures of Our God and King:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2010/09/30/all-creatures-of-our-god-and-king/

I Beg You, O Lord:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2010/09/27/i-beg-you-o-lord-by-st-francis-of-assisi/

9/11:  A Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2010/09/11/911-a-prayer-of-st-francis-of-assisi/

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Posted September 5, 2011 by neatnik2009 in Sources F

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All Creatures of Our God and King   4 comments

Above:  The Moon

Image Source = David Corby

Hymn Source = The Methodist Hymnal (1966), The Methodist Church

Original Latin Text by St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)

English Translation (published in 1926) by William Henry Draper (1855-1226), a priest in The Church of England

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1.  All creatures of our God and King,

Lift up your voice and with us sing

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou burning sun with golden beam,

Thou silver moon with softer gleam!

O praise him, O praise him!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

2.  Thou rushing wind that art so strong,

Ye clouds that sail in heaven along,

O praise him! Alleluia!

Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice,

Ye lights of evening, find a voice!

O praise him, O praise him!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

3.  Thou flowing water, pure and clear,

Make music for they Lord to hear,

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou fire so masterful and bright,

Thou givest man both warmth and light!

O praise him, O praise him!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

4.  Dear mother earth, who day by day

Unfoldest blessings on our way,

O praise him! Alleluia!

The flowers and fruits that in thee grow,

Let them his glory also show!

O praise him, O praise him!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

5.  And all ye men of tender heart,

Forgiving others, take your part,

O sing ye! Alleluia!

Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,

Praise God and on him cast your care!

O praise him, O praise him!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

6.  And thou, most kind and gentle death,

Waiting to hush our latest breath,

O praise him! Alleluia!

Thou leadest home the child of God,

And Christ our Lord the way hath trod.

O praise him, O praise him!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

7.  Let all things their creator bless,

And worship him in humbleness,

O praise him! Alleluia!

Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,

And praise the Spirit, Three in One!

O praise him, O praise him!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

I Beg You, O Lord, by St. Francis of Assisi   1 comment

Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Assisi, Italy

Image Source = Wikipedia

Prayer Source = The Communion of Saints:  Prayers of the Famous, Edited by Horton Davies (Grand Rapids, MI:  Eerdmans, 1990), p. 44

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I beg you, O Lord, that the fiery and sweet strength of your love may absorb my soul away from all things that are under heaven, that I may die for your love as you deigned to die for love of my love.

–St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)

Posted September 27, 2010 by neatnik2009 in Praise of God/Seeking God

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A Prayer by St. Francis of Assisi   6 comments

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Lord, make us instruments of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let us sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is discord, union;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

where there is sadness, joy.

Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;

to be understood as to understand;

to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen.

Posted July 25, 2010 by neatnik2009 in Church Militant/Kingdom of God

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