|First Line:||Lord, whose love through humble service|
|Title:||Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service|
|Author:||Albert F. Bayly (1961)|
|Copyright:||© Oxford University Press|
st. 4 = Matt. 25:34-10
Albert F. Bayly (PHH 293) wrote this text in response to a Hymn Society of America search for new hymns on social welfare. It was chosen as the theme hymn for the Second National Conference on the Churches and Social Welfare held in Cleveland, Ohio, October 23-27, 1961. The Hymn Society published the text in Seven New Social Welfare Hymns (1961).
The text begins with recognition of Christ's ultimate sacrifice on the cross and then points to the continuing needs of the homeless, the hungry, the prisoners, and the mourners. Bayly's words remind us of modern refugees, AIDS patients, and famine victims who are as close as our doorstep or who are brought to our attention via the news media. The final two stanzas encourage us to move from Sunday worship to weekday service; such integrity in the Christian life is truly a liturgy of sacrifice, pleasing to God.
Services that emphasize missions, diaconal themes, and servanthood.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988