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606. O God of Every Nation

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Text Information
First Line: O God of every nation
Title: O God of Every Nation
Author: William W. Reid, Jr. (1958, alt.)
Publication Date: 1987
Meter: 76 76 D
Scripture: Isaiah 2:4; Isaiah 9:5-7
Topic: Industry & Labor; King, God/Christ as; Society/Social Concerns (4 more...)
Language: English
Copyright: © 1958, The Hymn Society of America. Used by permission
Tune Information
Meter: 76 76 D
Key: f minor
Source: Welsh, 19th cent

Text Information:

Scripture References:
st. 2 = Isa. 2:4
st. 4 = Isa. 9:5-7

In 1958 William W. Reid, Jr. (PHH 597), submitted this hymn text to a contest sponsored by the Hymn Society of America in conjunction with the Department of International Affairs of the National Council of Churches. The text won first place and was sung at the opening session of the Fifth World Order Study Conference held in Cleveland, Ohio, on November 13-21, 1958. It was published in the Hymn Society's Twelve New World Order Hymns (1958).

"O God of Every Nation" is a beautiful prayer for God's shalom to reign over the whole world; for truth, love, and justice to preside over human affairs; and for an end to Warfare with its "trust in bombs that shower destruction" (st. 2). As war and rumors of War continue to plague our world; the final stanza holds before us the vision of a new heaven and earth in which "Christ shall rule victorious."

Liturgical Use:
In times of war or when you want to express your solidarity with others who are in war torn areas; peace services and similar occasions that stress Christian servanthood and social responsibilities; Advent.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune Information:

LLANGLOFFAN is a Welsh carol or ballad tune, which appeared as a hymn tune in Llwybrau Moliant (The Paths of Praise). That collection of tunes for use by Baptists was edited by Lewis Jones and published in Wrexham in 1872. LLANGLOFFAN is named for a town in Glamorgan, Wales, at one time presumably the location of a church that honored St. Cloffan.

This is a sturdy tune in a minor key. You may wish to modulate after stanza 3 into the major form of this tune (LLANFYLLIN) and sing the final stanza in that bright major key.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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