Your Sunday Hymn: Lord Whose Love in Humble Service

This hymn has never been one of my favorites, but I do love this particular arrangement, gorgeously sung by the Canto Deo Chamber Choir.



Lord, whose love in humble service
bore the weight of human need,
who upon the cross, forsaken,
worked your mercy’s perfect deed;
we, your servants, bring the worship
not of voice alone, but heart,
consecrating to your purpose
every gift which you impart.

Still your children wander homeless,
still the hungry cry for bread.
Still the captives long for freedom,
still in grief we mourn our dead.
As you, Lord, in deep compassion,
healed the sick and freed the soul,
by your Spirit send your power
to our world to make it whole.

As we worship, grant us vision,
till your love’s revealing light
in its height and depth and greatness
dawns upon our quickened sight,
making known the needs and burdens
your compassion bids us bear,
stirring us to ardent service,
your abundant life to share.


Words:  Albert F. Bayly, Seven New Social Welfare Hymns, 1961, alt.
Text © 1961 Oxford University Press, London
Tune:  attributed to B.F. White, The Sacred Harp, 1844


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