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.

Amen.

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
Name: OLD HUNDREDTH
Composer: Louis Bourgeois (1551)
Meter: L. M.
Key: G Major
Source: Genevan Psalter



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