O God, you gave your servant JohnAuthor: Joy F. Patterson (1988, alt.)
Tune: YE BANKS AND BRAES
Published in 1 hymnal
1 O Lord, you gave your servant John
a vision of the world to come:
a radiant city filled with light,
where you with us will make your home;
where neither grief nor pain shall dwell,
since former things have passed away,
and where they need no sun nor moon;
your glory lights eternal day.
2 Our cities wear great shrouds of pain;
beneath our gleaming towers of wealth
the homeless crouch in rain and snow,
the poor cry out for strength and health.
Youth’s hope is dimmed by ignorance;
unwilling, workers idled stand;
indifference walks unheeding by
as hunger stretches out its hand.
3 Come, Lord, make real John’s vision fair;
come, dwell with us, make all things new;
we try in vain to save our world
unless our help shall come from you.
Come, strengthen us to live in love;
bid hatred, greed, injustice cease.
Your glory all the light we need,
let all our cities shine forth peace.
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|Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #718||O God, You Gave Your Servant John||O God, you gave your servant John||CANDLER||Joy F. Patterson||8 8 8 8 D||1996||A New Heaven and A New Earth | Completion of Creation and City of God; Biblical Characters | John; Church | Triumphant; City/City of God | ; Eternal Life | ; Funerals and Memorial Services | ; Glory | ; God | House, Home; Heaven(s)/Paradise | ; Hunger | ; Pain | ; Peace (World) | ; Poverty | ; Vision/Dream | ; World | ; Youth | ; All Saints | Year B|