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Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Our prayers will certainly include the needs of those who suffer. Since the church reflects the unity of the people of God, they “pray together” (Belhar Confession, Section 2). And the church, through their prayer, “supports the downtrodden, protects the stranger, helps orphans and widows and blocks the path of the ungodly…and stands by any people in any form of suffering and need...” (Belhar Confession, Section 4).
 
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Additional Prayers

Righteous God who answers prayer,
you have chosen us to be your children and have begun a good work in us.
Help us to trust you so completely with whatever we face
that we may sleep in peace and wake again with confident joy.
We pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

A Petitionary Prayer
 
Loving God, you created us to live in fellowship with you.
Lord, hear us when we pray.
You are high and we are low.
Yet hear us when we pray.
You are holy and we are stained.
Yet hear us when we pray.
Loving God, you created us to live in fellowship with you.
Lord, hear us when we pray. Amen.
— Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.
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Tune Information

Name
DUNFERMLINE
Key
E♭ Major
Meter
8.6.8.6
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O God, Defender of the Poor

Hymn Story/Background

DUNFERMLINE is one of the "common" tunes from Andro Hart's psalter The CL Psalms of David, Edinburgh (l615)–a "common" tune was one that was not matched with a specific text in a songbook. Millar Patrick, author of Four Centuries of Scottish Psalmody (London, 1949) and The Story of the Church's Song (1927, rev. 1962), attributes this tune to John Angus, one-time precentor at the Dunfermline Abbey (Scotland) during the Reformation. The tune takes its name from that abbey.
— Bert Polman

Author Information

Christopher Martin Idle (b. Bromley, Kent, England, 1938) was educated at Elthan College, St. Peter's College, Oxford, and Clifton Theological College in Bristol, and was ordained in the Church of England. He served churches in Barrow-in-­Furness, Cumbria; London; and Oakley, Suffolk; and then returned to London, where he is involved in various hymnal projects. A prolific author of articles on the Christian's public responsibilities, Idle has also published The Lion Book of Favorite Hymns (1980) and at least one hundred of his own hymns and biblical paraphrases. Some of his texts first appeared in hymnals published by the Jubilate Group, with which he is associated. He was also editor of Anglican Praise (1987).
— Bert Polman
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