Lord, We Hear Your Word with Gladness

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Lord, we hear your word with gladness: you have
spoken—we rejoice:
words of love and life and freedom—help us make
their truth our choice!
Now in holy celebration for your Word we worship
spoken, written, known in Jesus, ours today to
prove anew.

May we hear with understanding, by your Spirit
taught and led.
May the springs of all our being by your living Word
be fed.
May our hearts accept with meekness all the grace
your light makes known.
May obedience mark our footsteps till we make each
word our own.

You have spoken; yours the fullness, ours the
wealth of this your Word.
Debtors, then, as living letters we must make your
gospel heard!
By your Spirit’s power transform us; shed your
saving light abroad
till our lives by love in action show our world the
truth of God!

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Author: Edith Margaret Clarkson

Margaret Clarkson, whose rarely-used first name is Edith, was born in 1915 into, as Margaret herself described, “a loveless and unhappy marriage” which broke up when she was twelve. The memories of her childhood were of tension, fear, insecurity, and isolation. Margaret was born in Melville, Saskatchewan where she lived until her parents, Frederick and Ethel, and the family moved to Toronto when she was around age four. Throughout her life, she was plagued by pain; initially from migraines, accompanied by convulsive vomiting, and then arthritis—two ailments that accompanied her continually. In Destined for Glory, she related sadly that her mother told her that her first words were “my head hurts.” At age three Margaret, or Ma… Go to person page >



Composed by William Penfro Rowlands (b. Maenclochog, Pembrokeshire, Wales, 1860; d. Swansea, Glamorganshire, Wales, 1937) during the Welsh revival of 1904-1905, BLAENWERN was published in Henry H. Jones's Cân a Moliant (1915). The tune's name refers to a farm in Pembroke shire where Rowlands conval…

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IN BABILONE is a traditional Dutch melody that appeared in Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlities en Contradansen (Old and New Dutch Peasant Songs and Country Dances), c. 1710. Ralph Vaughan Williams (PHH 316) discovered this tune as arranged by Julius Rontgen (b. Leipzig, Germany, 1855; d. Utrecht,…

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