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Service Is Our Watchword

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1 Service is our watchword,
Service for our king;
Service, fruitful service,
Daily ours to bring.
Service for the needy,
Service for the lost,
Self upon the altar;
Counting not the cost.

2 Service in the homeland
Where’er sounds the call;
Sacrificial service
Reaching unto all;
Service pure, exalted;
Loyal and unpriced;
Living, loving channels,
Bearing forth the Christ.

3 Service o’er the ocean,
Serving not for gain;
Meeting every duty,
Be it toil or pain;
Service that is Christly,
Giving up to God
Every selfish motive;
Treading where Christ trod.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #15096

Author: William Shaw

(no biographical information available about William Shaw.) Go to person page >

Author: John R. Clements

John R. Clements was born in County Armagh, Ireland 28 November 1868 and was brought to the United States at the age of two years. He worked at the age of thirteen as a retail grocery clerk and had a successful wholesale grocery business. He began writing poetry when he was young. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Service is our watchword
Title: Service Is Our Watchword
Author: William Shaw
Author: John R. Clements
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #15096
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The Cyber Hymnal #15096

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