1 Our Father, merciful and good,
Who dost to Thee invite us,
O cleanse us in our Saviour's blood,
And to Thyself unite us!
Send unto us Thy holy Word,
And let it guide us ever;
Then in this world of darkness, Lord,
Shall naught from Thee us sever:
Grant us, O Lord, this favor!
2 We cry to Thee with one accord,
'Tis all that can avail us;
We cannot hear nor keep Thy Word,
If grace divine doth fail us.
Behold our lot, we humbly pray,
For our dear Saviour's merit.
How Satan soweth tares alway,
And send, O Lord, Thy Spirit,
That we may life inherit.
3 O God and man, Christ Jesus blest!
Our sorrow Thou didst carry.
Our wants and cares Thou knowest best,
For Thou with us didst tarry.
O Jesus Christ, our Brother dear,
To us and every nation
Thy Spirit send, let Him draw near
With truth and consolation,
That we may see salvation.
4 Come, Holy Ghost, Thy grace impart,
Tear Satan's snares asunder.
The Word of God keep in our heart,
That we its truth may ponder.
Then, sanctified, for evermore,
In Christ alone confiding,
We'll sing His praise and Him adore,
His precious Word us guiding
To heavenly joys abiding.
Source: The Hymnal and Order of Service #166