O Seek the Lord in Prayer

Author: John A. Dalles

Born: Sep­tem­ber 13, 1954, Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia. A lifelong Pres­by­ter­i­an, John Dalles has lived in Pitts­burgh, Coates­ville, Lan­cas­ter, and State Coll­ege, Penn­syl­van­ia; and South Bend, In­di­a­na. He re­ceived the Ba­che­lor of Sci­ence in Ar­chi­tect­ure from Penn­syl­van­ia State in 1976. While en­gaged in a se­mes­ter abroad in Pet­worth, Eng­land, he sensed a call to the min­is­try. An ar­chi­tect­ur­al de­sign­er be­fore di­vin­i­ty stu­dies, he re­ceived the Mas­ter of Di­vin­ity from Lan­cas­ter The­o­lo­gic­al Sem­in­a­ry in 1982. Dur­ing sem­in­a­ry, he served as a re­source con­sult­ant for the orig­in­al Par­ish Re­source Cen­ter in L… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O seek the Lord in prayer
Title: O Seek the Lord in Prayer
Author: John A. Dalles (1993)
Meter: SM refrain
Language: English
Notes: “O Seek the Lord in Prayer” was writ­ten in Pitts­burgh [Penn­syl­van­ia] in 1993. As with ma­ny of my hymn texts, it came as a re­sult of my per­son­al de­vo­tion­al time, and is based on what I had read that morn­ing, Matthew 18:20. It was first sung at Fox Cha­pel Pres­by­ter­i­an Church and first pub­lished in The Cov­e­nant Hymna­l of The Evangelical Covenant Church.
Copyright: © 1993 John A. Dalles. Used by permission.

Tune

MARION (Messiter)

Arthur H. Messiter (b. Frome, Somersetshire, England, 1834; d. New York, NY, 1916) composed MARION for this text in 1883 and named it after his wife [sic. mother]. The tune was published in the Hymnal with Music as Used in Trinity Church (1893), a hymnal compiled by Messiter during his long term of…

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