702. Lord, in love and perfect wisdom

1 Lord, in love and perfect wisdom
times and seasons you arrange,
working out your changeless purpose
in a world of ceaseless change;
you have formed our ancient nation,
guiding it through all the days,
to unfold in it your purpose
to your glory and your praise.

2 To our shores remote, benighted,
barrier of the western waves,
tidings in your love you sent us,
tidings of the cross that saves.
Saints and heroes strove and suffered
here your gospel to proclaim;
we the heirs of their endeavour,
tell the honour of their name.

3 You maintain your ageless purpose
every change and chance above;
still your holy Church is bearing
witness to your changeless love.
Grant us vision, Lord, and courage
to fulfil your work begun;
in the Church and in the nation,
King of kings, your will be done.

Text Information
First Line: Lord, in love and perfect wisdom
Author: Timothy Rees (1874-1939)
Publication Date: 2005
Meter: 87 87 D
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 11:23-27; 2 Timothy 1:8-9; Daniel 2:19-21; Ephesians 3:8-11; Hebrews 11:33-39; Malachi 3:6; Matthew 6:9-10
Topic: The Church Celebrates: National Life; Our Response to God: in times and seasons
Copyright: © Community of the Resurrection
Tune Information
Composer: William Penfro Rowlands (1860-1937)
Meter: 87 87 D
Key: G Major or modal
Copyright: © G. A. Gabe
Notes: A lower setting may be found at 468

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