1 Grace and peace from God, our blessed Savior,
be with all who love his name;
church of Christ, his service deem a favor,
joyfully his death proclaim,
be prepared for rest or for employment,
from activity derive enjoyment,
serve with zeal and faithfulness,
filled with love his name confess.
2 Chosen flock, your faithful Shepherd follow,
who laid down his life for you;
all your days unto his service hallow,
each to be disciples true;
evermore rejoice to do his pleasure,
be the fullness of his grace your treasure;
should success your labor crown,
give the praise to him alone.
3 Gracious Father, bless this congregation
as the purchase of your Son;
for his sake behold us with compassion,
and us all your children own;
Jesus, grant to us your peace and favor;
Holy Ghost, dwell with us forever,
and to us Christ’s love explain;
hear us, Lord our God! Amen.
Swertner, John, b. Sept. 12, 1746, at Haarlem, in Holland, Moravian minister at various places in England and Ireland; d. at Bristol, March 11, 1813.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)
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Display Title: Grace and Peace from GodFirst Line: Grace and peace from God, our blessed SaviorTune Title: COVENANTAuthor: Christian Gregor; Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf; John SwertnerMeter: 10.7.10.7.10.10.7.7. TrochaicScripture: John 10:11; 2 Corinthians 13:13; Ephesians 6:23-24Date: 1995Subject: Special Occasions | ; Blessing | ; Christ--Grace and mercy of | ; Christ--Shepherd, the | ; Church--Community in Christ | ; Discipleship |