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Go Forth for God

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Source: Celebrating Grace Hymnal #517

Author: J. R. Peacey

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"Go Forth for God" is a wonderful parting hymn of encouragement. It exhorts believers to "go forth for God" to the world in peace (st. 1), "in love" (st. 2), "in strength" (stanza 3), and "in joy" (st. 4), using phrases from Romans 12:9-21 and 1 Thessalonians 5:13b¬22-biblical texts containing Paul's instructions about how Christians should act in the world.

John R. Peacey (b. Hove, Brighton, Sussex, England, 1896; d. Brighton, Sussex, 1971) wrote the original text to this hymn in 1968. The 1987 Psalter Hymnal version of the text, however, is a result of revisions made by Peacey in 1970 and by the editors of the English Hymnal supplement, English Praise (1975). Educated in theology at Selwyn College, Cambridge, Peacey was ordained in the Church of England in 1923. In addition to serving several churches in England, he was also headmaster and principal of the Bishop Cotton School in Simla, India (1927-1945), and principal of Bishop's College in Calcutta, India (1935-1945). Peacey concluded his career at Bristol Cathedral (1945-1966). Written mainly during his retirement years, his hymn texts were published posthumously in Go Forth for God (1981).

Liturgical Use:
Dismissal; especially effective for a profession of faith or commissioning service.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988



GENEVAN 124 (also known as OLD 124TH) was first published in the 1551 edition of the Genevan Psalter. Dale Grotenhuis (PHH 4) harmonized the tune in 1985. One of the best known from the Genevan Psalter, the tune is published in most North American hymnals. By 1564 it was adopted in English and Scott…

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TOULAN was originally an adaptation of the Genevan Psalter melody for Psalm 124 (124). In one melodic variant or another and with squared-off rhythms, the tune was used in English and Scottish psalters for various psalm texts. It was published in the United States in its four-line abridged form (cal…

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