Lent 2013: “God of Grace and God of Glory”

This is one that I remember being sung on September 10, 2001 which was the official first day of Fall Quarter at my seminary. The lines “grant us wisdom/grant us courage/for the living of these days” turned out to be prophetic with what happened the next day.

God of grace and God of glory,
On Thy people pour Thy power.
Crown Thine ancient church??s story,
Bring her bud to glorious flower.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
For the facing of this hour,
For the facing of this hour.

Lo! the hosts of evil ??round us,
Scorn Thy Christ, assail His ways.
From the fears that long have bound us,
Free our hearts to faith and praise.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
For the living of these days,
For the living of these days.

Cure Thy children??s warring madness,
Bend our pride to Thy control.
Shame our wanton selfish gladness,
Rich in things and poor in soul.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
Lest we miss Thy kingdom??s goal,
Lest we miss Thy kingdom??s goal.

Set our feet on lofty places,
Gird our lives that they may be,
Armored with all Christ-like graces,
In the fight to set men free.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
That we fail not man nor Thee,
That we fail not man nor Thee.

Save us from weak resignation,
To the evils we deplore.
Let the search for Thy salvation,
Be our glory evermore.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
Serving Thee Whom we adore,
Serving Thee Whom we adore.
(HT: Net Hymnal)

The tune is “Cwm Rhondda”– one of my favorite hymn tunes.