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God of Our Life

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1 God of our life, through all the circling years
we trust in thee;
in all the past, through all our hopes and fears,
thy hand we see.
With each new day, when morning lifts the veil,
we own thy mercies, Lord, which never fail.

2 God of the past, our times are in thy hand;
with us abide.
Lead us by faith to hope's true promised land;
be thou our guide.
With thee to bless, the darkness shines as light,
and faith's fair vision changes into sight.

3 God of the coming years, through paths unknown
we follow thee;
when we are strong, Lord, leave us not alone;
our refuge be.
Be thou for us in life our daily bread,
our heart's true home when all our years have sped.

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Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

In the passage of time, the child of God lives with expectancy—for God to renew them and for God to lead them in obedience (Our Song of Hope, stanza 9).
 

Even though time passes and years end swiftly, God is eternally faithful. And so God’s children testify using the words of Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 1: “As followers of Jesus Christ, living in this world—which some seek to control, and others view with despair—we declare with joy and trust: Our world belongs to God!”

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God of Our Life

Tune Information

Name
SANDON
Key
F Major or modal
Meter
10.4.10.4.10.10
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God of Our Life

Hymn Story/Background

Charles H. Purday (1799 - 1885) composed SANDON for John Henry Newman's text "Lead, Kindly Light, amid the Encircling Gloom." Other hymnals use the tune for John D. S. Campbell's paraphrase of Psalm 121, "Unto the Hills Around Do I Lift Up," a setting much loved in Canada.
— Bert Polman

Author Information

Hugh Thompson Kerr (1872-1950) at­tend­ed the Un­i­ver­si­ty of To­ron­to and West­ern The­o­lo­gic­al Sem­in­ary, Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia. Or­dained a Pres­by­ter­i­an min­is­ter, he pas­tored in Kan­sas and Il­li­nois, and at the Sha­dy­side Pres­by­ter­i­an Church, Pitts­burgh (1913-46). A pi­o­neer in re­li­gious broad­cast­ing, his 1922 Christ­mas Day ser­mon was broad­cast to the North and South Poles by ra­dio sta­tion KDKA. He served as Mod­er­a­tor of the Gen­er­al As­sem­bly of the Pres­by­ter­i­an Church in the USA in 1930, helped com­pile the Pres­by­ter­i­an Hym­nal in 1933, the Pres­by­ter­i­an Book of Com­mon Wor­ship, and helped found World­wide Com­mun­ion Sun­day.
— Hymntime (http://www.hymntime.com)

Composer Information

A publisher, composer, lecturer, and writer, Charles H. Purday (1799-1885) had a special interest in church music. He published Crown Court Psalmody (1854), Church and Home Metrical Psalter and Hymnal (1860), which included SANDON, and, with Frances Havergal, Songs of Peace and Joy (1879). A precentor in the Scottish Church in Crown Court, London, Purday sang at the coronation of Queen Victoria. In the publishing field he is known as a strong proponent of better copyright laws to protect the works of authors and publishers.
— Bert Polman
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