634. Facing a Task Unfinished

1 Facing a task unfinished
that drives us to our knees,
a need that, undiminished,
rebukes our slothful ease,
we who rejoice to know you
renew before your throne
the solemn pledge we owe you
to go and make you known.

2 Where other lords beside you
hold their unhindered sway,
where forces that defied you
defy you still today,
with none to heed their crying
for life and love and light,
unnumbered souls are dying
and pass into the night.

3 We bear the torch that flaming
fell from the hands of those
who gave their lives proclaiming
that Jesus died and rose;
ours is the same commission,
the same glad message ours;
fired by the same ambition,
to you we yield our pow'rs.

4 O Father, who sustained them,
O Spirit, who inspired,
Savior, whose love constrained them
to toil with zeal untired,
from cowardice defend us,
from lethargy awake!
Forth on your errands send us
to labor for your sake.

Text Information
First Line: Facing a task unfinished
Title: Facing a Task Unfinished
Author: Frank Houghton
Meter: 7.6.7.6.D.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1995
Scripture:
Topic: Spread of the Gospel; Christian Warfare; Commitment (3 more...)
Tune Information
Name: NYLAND
Harmonizer: David Evans, 1874-1948
Meter: 7.6.7.6.D.
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Trad. Finnish tune.; From the Revised Church Hymnary (1927)
Copyright: Used by permission of Oxford University Press



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