1 Lord God of Hosts, whose purpose, never swerving,
leads toward the day of Jesus Christ thy Son,
grant us to march among thy faithful legions,
armed with thy courage, till the world is won.
2 Strong Son of God, whose work was his that sent thee,
one with the Father, thought and deed and word,
one make us all, true comrades in thy service,
and make us one in thee with God the Lord.
3 O Prince of Peace, thou bringer of good tidings,
teach us to speak thy word of hope and cheer--
rest for the soul, and strength for all our striving,
light for the path of life, and God brought near.
4 Lord God, whose grace has called us to thy service,
wow good thy thoughts toward us, how great their sum!
We work with thee, we go where thou wilt lead us,
until in all the earth thy kingdom come.
Born: September 8, 1873, New York, New York.
Died: January 11, 1946.
Knapp attended Columbia College (graduated 1894) and Yale College (BD 1897). He served at the First Congregational Church in Southington, Connecticut (1897-1900); the Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City (assistant pastor, 1901-03); and the Central Congregational Church, Worcester, Massachusetts (1908-36). His works include:
History of the Brick Presbyterian Church, 1908
On the Edge of the Storm, 1921
Old Joe and Other Vesper Stories, 1922
The Liberated Bible: The Old Testament, 1941
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Display Title: Lord God of HostsFirst Line: Lord God of Hosts, whose purpose, never swervingTune Title: WELWYNAuthor: Shepherd Knapp, 1873-1946Scripture: Ephesians 1:9-10; Ephesians 1:3Date: 1982Subject: Christ the Son | ; Commitment | ; Service | ; Unity | ; Victory |
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Display Title: O God of StrengthFirst Line: O God of strength, whose purpose, never swervingTune Title: WELWYNAuthor: Shepherd KnappMeter: 184.108.40.206.Date: 1995Subject: Christian unity | ; Discipleship | ; Service | ; Year B | Epiphany 2; Year C | Proper 18