Creation's Lord, we give you thanks

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1 Creating God, we give you thanks
that this your world is incomplete;
that battle calls our marshalled ranks,
that work awaits our hands and feet.

2 You hast not finished woman, man,
for we are in the making still,
as friends who share the Maker’s plan
as those who know your loving will.

3 Beyond the present sin and shame,
wrong’s bitter, cruel, scorching blight,
we see the beckoning vision flame,
the blessèd kingdom of the right.

4 What though the kingdom long delay,
and still with haughty foes must cope?
It gives us that for which to pray,
a field for toil and faith and hope.

5 Since what we choose is what we are,
and what we love we yet shall be,
the goal may ever shine afar,
the will to win it makes us free.

Source: Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #292

Author: William D. Hyde

Born: September 23, 1858, Winchendon, Massachusetts. Died: June 29, 1917, Brunswick, Maine. Buried: Pine Grove Cemetery, Brunswick, Maine. Hyde lost both parents an early age, and grew up with relatives in Keene, New Hampshire. He was educated at Phillips Academy in Exeter (1875), Harvard (bachelor’s degree 1879), Union Theological Seminary (1879-80), and Andover Theological Seminary (1882). He was ordained a Congregational minister in 1883, and pastored in Paterson, New Jersey (1883-85), then served as president of Bowdoin College (1885-1917). His works include: Practical Ethics, 1892 Practical Idealism, 1897 God’s Education of Man, 1899 Jesus’ Way, 1902 From Epicurus to Christ, 1904 (reprinted in 1911… Go to person page >

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First Line: Creation's Lord, we give you thanks
Author: William D. Hyde



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