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Our Father, Whose Creative Love

Our Father, whose creative love The gift of life bestows

Author: Albert F. Bayly (1966)
Published in 2 hymnals

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Author: Albert F. Bayly

Albert F. Bayly was born on Sep­tem­ber 6, 1901, Bex­hill on Sea, Sus­sex, Eng­land. He received his ed­u­cat­ion at Lon­don Un­i­ver­si­ty (BA) and Mans­field Coll­ege, Ox­ford. Bayly was a Congregationalist (later United Reformed Church) minister from the late 1920s until his death in 1984. His life and ministry spanned the Depression of the 1930s, the Second World War, and the years of reconstruction which followed. Af­ter re­tir­ing in 1971, he moved to Spring­field, Chelms­ford, and was ac­tive in the local Unit­ed Re­formed Church. He wrote sev­er­al pageants on mis­sion themes, and li­bret­tos for can­ta­tas by W. L. Lloyd Web­ber. He died on Ju­ly 26, 1984 in Chiches­ter, Sus­sex, Eng­land. NN,… Go to person page >

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First Line: Our Father, whose creative love The gift of life bestows
Title: Our Father, Whose Creative Love
Author: Albert F. Bayly (1966)
Language: English
Copyright: © Oxford University Press


Albert F. Bayly (PHH 293) wrote this text in February 1966 and published it in his Again I Say Rejoice (1967). The Psalter Hymnal includes his original stanzas 1-3 and 5.

The text is a prayer hymn by and for parents for divine blessing on the raising of children and youth. As we sing stanza 1, we recognize God's gift of life in the act of procreation and his image in the life of each child. In stanzas 2 and 3 we pray that parents will be faithful in their covenant obligations in raising children to be whole¬some persons, whose bodies and souls are nourished by biblical wisdom. Stanza 4 concludes this prayer with a petition for the consecrating work of the Holy Spirit in the dealings of all parents with their children.

Liturgical Use:
Infant baptism; family life services (note that the emphasis is on parents).

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988



ST. BOTOLPH (Slater)

ST. BOTOLPH was composed by Gordon A. Slater (b. Harrogate, Yorkshire, England, 1896; d. Lincoln, England, 1979) and first published in Songs of Praise for Boys and Girls (1930). The tune was named for St. Botolph's Parish Church in Boston, Lincolnshire, England, where Slater was organist from 1919…

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Instances (1 - 2 of 2)

Hymns and Psalms #372

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #589

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