274. Your Hand, O God, Has Guided

1 Your hand, O God, has guided
your flock from age to age;
the wondrous tale is written,
full clear, on every page.
Our forebears owned your goodness,
and we their deeds record;
and both of this bear witness:
one church, one faith, one Lord.

2 Your heralds brought glad tidings
to greatest as to least;
they bade them rise, and hasten
to share the heavenly feast.
And this was all their teaching,
in every deed and word,
to all alike proclaiming:
one church, one faith, one Lord.

3 Through many days of darkness,
through many scenes of strife,
the faithful few fought bravely
to guard your people's life.
Their gospel of redemption,
sin pardoned, earth restored,
was all in this enfolded:
one church, one faith, one Lord.

4 And we, shall we be faithless?
Shall hearts fail, hands hang down?
Shall we evade the conflict
and cast away our crown?
Not so: in God's deep counsels
some better thing is stored;
we will maintain, unflinching,
one church, one faith, one Lord.

5 Your mercy will not fail us,
nor leave your work undone;
with your right hand to help us,
the victory shall be won;
and then, by earth and heaven,
your name shall be adored,
and this shall be our anthem:
one church, one faith, one Lord.

Text Information
First Line: Your hand, O God, has guided
Title: Your Hand, O God, Has Guided
Author: Edward H. Plumptre (1864)
Publication Date: 1996
Meter: 7 6 7 6 D
Topic: God: Nature of God; Church: Triumphant; Evangelism (Good News) (16 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: THORNBURY
Composer: Basil Harwood (1898)
Composer (descant): William Renwick (1991)
Meter: 7 6 7 6 D
Key: D Major



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