1 When the church of Jesus shuts its outer door,
lest the roar of traffic drown the voice of prayer:
may our prayers, Lord, make us ten times more aware
that the world we banish is our Christian care.
2 If our hearts are lifted where devotion soars
high above this hungry, suffering world of ours:
lest our hymns should drug us to forget its needs,
forge our Christian worship into Christian deeds.
3 Lest the gifts we offer, money, talents, time,
serve to salve our conscience, to our secret shame:
Lord, reprove, inspire us by the way you give;
teach us, dying Savior, how true Christians live.
|First Line:||When the Church of Jesus|
|Title:||When the Church of Jesus|
|Author:||Fred Pratt Green (1968)|
|Scripture:||Hebrews 2:14-17; Matthew 23:23; Mark 14:22-25; James 1:27; 1 John 3:17|
|Copyright:||Words © 1969 Hope Publishing Company|
|Composer:||Ralph Vaughan Williams (1925)|
|Copyright:||Music used by permission of Oxford University Press|