1 O God, You give humanity its name,
Your covenant of grace remains the same;
Be with these two who now before You wait;
Enlarge the love they come to consecrate.
2 May through their union other lives be blessed,
Their door be wide to stranger and to guest;
Give them the understanding that is kind;
Grant them the blessing of an open mind.
3 Preserve their days from inwardness of heart:
To each the gift of truthfulness impart.
Their bond be strong against all strain and strife
Amid the changes of this earthly life.
4 From stage to stage on life's unfolding way
Bring to their mind the vows they make this day;
Your Spirit be their guide in every move,
Their faith in Christ the basis of their love.
5 Lord, bless us all to whom this day brings joy,
Let no events our unity destroy.
And help us, till all sense of time is lost,
To live and love and not to count the cost.
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Author: Fred Kaan
Fred Kaan Hymn writer. His hymns include both original work and translations. He sought to address issues of peace and justice. He was born in Haarlem in the Netherlands in July 1929. He was baptised in St Bavo Cathedral but his family did not attend church regularly. He lived through the Nazi occupation, saw three of his grandparents die of starvation, and witnessed his parents deep involvement in the resistance movement. They took in a number of refugees. He became a pacifist and began attending church in his teens.
Having become interested in British Congregationalism (later to become the United Reformed Church) through a friendship, he was attended Western College in Bristol. He was ordained in 1955 at the Windsor Road Congregation… Go to person page >