O God of Love, Grant Us Your Peace

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1. O God of love, grant us Your peace,
Within each restless mind.
May all our inner turmoil cease,
God show us how to find
Your quiet rest, Your still, small voice,
Your light upon life’s way,
To walk with you our humble choice,
God give us grace to pray.

2. O God of life, grant us Your peace,
Both where we work and live.
Our ties of fellowship increase,
God, teach us how to give
A helping hand, a listening ear,
A message we may share,
So day by day and year by year,
God give us grace to care!

3. O God of hope, grant us Your peace,
Though all the earth choose war.
May global tensions now decrease,
God, lead us to adore
The way of Christ, and like our Lord,
Be merciful and just,
Surrounded by Your Living Word,
God give us grace to trust!

4. O God of all, grant us Your peace,
We share one human bond,
And so when others seek release,
God, help us to respond
To heal the sick, to seek the lost,
To set the captive free,
To serve and never count the cost;
May we live peacefully!

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Author: John A. Dalles

Born: Sep­tem­ber 13, 1954, Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia. A lifelong Pres­by­ter­i­an, John Dalles has lived in Pitts­burgh, Coates­ville, Lan­cas­ter, and State Coll­ege, Penn­syl­van­ia; and South Bend, In­di­a­na. He re­ceived the Ba­che­lor of Sci­ence in Ar­chi­tect­ure from Penn­syl­van­ia State in 1976. While en­gaged in a se­mes­ter abroad in Pet­worth, Eng­land, he sensed a call to the min­is­try. An ar­chi­tect­ur­al de­sign­er be­fore di­vin­i­ty stu­dies, he re­ceived the Mas­ter of Di­vin­ity from Lan­cas­ter The­o­lo­gic­al Sem­in­a­ry in 1982. Dur­ing sem­in­a­ry, he served as a re­source con­sult­ant for the orig­in­al Par­ish Re­source Cen­ter in L… Go to person page >

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First Line: O God of love, grant us Your peace
Title: O God of Love, Grant Us Your Peace
Author: John A. Dalles (1985)
Meter: D
Language: English
Notes: This hymn was writ­ten for the Hymn So­ci­e­ty’s search for new hymns on peace, & was one of five hymns the So­ci­e­ty se­lect­ed. Alternate tunes: ELLACOMBE, adapted and harmonized by William H. Monk, 1868; KINGSFOLD, English melody; arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1906
Copyright: © 1985 The Hymn Society (administered by Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188). All rights reserved. Used by permission.



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