520. The Heavens Cannot Thee Embrace

1 The heavens cannot Thee embrace,
Thou God of earth and sky and sea;
And yet, a Bethel is this place,
Though built by human hands for Thee.

2 Here Thou hast dwelt in all these years,
Here hath Thy presence been confessed;
Here Thou hast calmed our doubts and fears,
Here have our souls found peace and rest.

3 We thank Thee for the days of yore,
So rich in truth and love and grace;
And for the future we implore
Thy bounteous blessing on this place.

4 Here feed us with the bread of life
And let our prayers to Thee ascend;
Here armor us for every strife
And for each task new courage lend.

5 Thy holy Word and Sacrament,
Those sacred channels of Thy grace,
Preserve to us till life is spent
And we shall see Thee face to face.


Text Information
First Line: The heavens cannot Thee embrace
Title: The Heavens Cannot Thee Embrace
Author: H. Brueckner (1925)
Publication Date: 1930
Meter: L. M.
Topic: Dedication: Anniversary
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Louis Bourgeois (1551)
Meter: L. M.
Key: G Major
Source: Genevan Psalter

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