1 Gracious Spirit, give your servants
joy to set sin’s captives free,
hope to heal the brokenhearted,
peace to share love’s liberty.
Through us bring your balm of gladness
to the wounded and oppressed;
help us claim and show God’s favor
as a people called and blessed.
2 Word made flesh, who gave up glory
to become our great high priest,
taking on our human nature
to redeem the last and least:
let your courage and compassion
shape and guide our ministries;
as our Savior and our Shepherd,
lead us to the truth that frees.
3 Loving God, who birthed creation
from the nothingness of space,
kindling life where all was empty,
turning chaos into grace:
when we feel confused and fruitless,
dawn upon our restless night;
give us faith’s imagination,
hope’s renewing, love’s delight.
4 Triune God, eternal Being,
never ending, unbegun,
boundless grace and perfect justice,
righteous and forgiving One:
so enfold us in your mercy
that our wills and yours unite;
through us may the world behold you,
find your love, your truth, your light.
|First Line:||Gracious Spirit, give your servants|
|Title:||Gracious Spirit, give your servants|
|Author:||Carl P. Daw, Jr. (b. 1944)|
|Scripture:||Genesis 1:1-2; Isaiah 61:1-3; Luke 4:16-21; John 1:14; John 8:31-32; Hebrews 4:15|
|Topic:||Hymns and Spiritual Songs: The Church's Mission|
|Copyright:||© 1997 Hope Publishing Co. You must contact Hope Publishing Co. to reproduce this selection.|
|Composer:||Cyril Vincent Taylor (b. 1907)|
|Copyright:||© 1942. Renewal 1970, Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission. You must contact Hope Publishing Co. to reproduce this selection.|