For many years, O God of grace

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1 For many years, O God of grace,
This church has been your dwelling place
And we your congregation.
On Christ, our precious cornerstone,
Our faith is built, and Christ alone
Is still our one foundation.
This day
We pray:
"Let us greet you, Lord, and meet you
Here with singing,
All our praises to you bringing."

2 Here children have been born anew
As manifold as morning dew,
Their vows to you confessing.
Here many found a table spread,
They ate Christ's body with the bread
And drank the cup of blessing.
This day
We pray:
"Let none falter
At your altar.
We adore you,
Gladly worship here before you."

3 Here when the marriage vows were made,
Both bride and bridegroom sought your aid,
Your love their own transcending.
Here mourners, with their troubled hearts,
Have found the peace your Word imparts,
The joy that has no ending.
This day
We pray:
"May the story
Of your glory
Here resounding
Be a song of grace abounding!"

Source: Lutheran Worship #325

Author: William M. Czamanske

Born: Aug­ust 26, 1873, Gran­ville, Wis­con­sin. Died: Jan­u­a­ry 7, 1964. Buried: Saint Johns Lu­ther­an Cem­e­tery - North Wil­low Creek, Ver­non Cen­ter, Min­ne­so­ta. Czamanske grad­u­at­ed from Con­cor­dia Col­lege, Mil­wau­kee, Wis­con­sin (1894) and Con­cor­dia Sem­in­a­ry, St. Louis, Mis­sou­ri (1898). Or­dained in 1898, he served at Lu­ther­an church­es near Ma­del­ia, Min­ne­so­ta (1898-1902); West Hen­ri­et­ta, New York (1902-04); Ro­ches­ter, New York (1904-10); and She­boy­gan, Wis­con­sin, (1910-51). He con­trib­ut­ed po­ems to the Lu­ther­an Wit­ness, Sun­day School Times, Etude, Ex­po­si­tor, and North­west­ern Lu­ther­an. He was a mem­ber of the sub­c… Go to person page >

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First Line: For many years, O God of grace
Author: William M. Czamanske
Copyright: © 1941 Concordia Publishing House



Adapting a tune written for Psalm 100 found in Wolff Köphel's Psalter (1538), Nicolai composed WIE SCHÖN LEUCHTET, which was published with the text in 1599. Although the tune was originally more varied rhythmically, the hymnal version here is isorhythmic (all equal rhythms) and set to the rich ha…

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