God of our fathers, the strength of our people

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1. God of our fathers, the strength of our people and nation,
Gladly we come to Thy presence with true adoration,
Seeking Thy face, trusting Thy love and Thy grace,
Thou art our health and salvation.

2. God of all mercy, for pardon and peace we implore Thee,
Humbly confessing our faults and our failures before Thee.
Children of men, falling and rising again,
Still give us grace to adore Thee.

3. God of the poor and the weak, to our prayer now attending,
Teach us to follow the Master of all men in blending
Worship with deed, praises with service to need,
All men in His name befriending.

4. God of all peoples, let justice and peace like a river
Flow through the world until all, in one common endeavor,
Build among men brotherhood’s kingdom, and then
Thine be the glory forever.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #1915

Author: Winfred E. Garrison

Born: October 1, 1874, St. Louis, Missouri. Died: February 6, 1969, Houston, Texas. Son of Disciples of Christ minister James Harvey Garrison, Winfred earned degrees from Eureka College, Yale University, and the University of Chicago (PhD 1897). He became president of Butler University in 1904, but health concerns sent him west in 1906. There he served as a delegate to New Mexico’s constitutional convention, and president of New Mexico Normal University and New Mexico State University. He later moved to California, where he established a young men’s college preparatory school. Eventually he returned east, where he taught philosophy and religious history at the University of Chicago, and served as Dean of the Disciples Divinity House… Go to person page >

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Author: Winfred E. Garrison

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