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 >
“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.
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…
Display Title: O Seek the Lord in PrayerFirst Line: O seek the Lord in prayerTune Title: MARIONAuthor: John A. Dallas, 1954-Meter: S.M. with RefrainScripture: Matthew 18:19-20Date: 1996Subject: Church and Life Together | ; Healing in Affliction | ; Praying for Others | ; Sanctification |