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Take Us As We Are, O God

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Take us as we are, O God, and claim us as your own.
As once you chose to tell your love in human flesh
and bone,
so let our lives be used to make your saving
purpose known.
2
Bless us for your service, Lord; no power we devise
will ever give us strength enough or make us truly
wise,
yet by your promise we can know the peace your
3
Break us open to disclose how brokenness can
heal,
wherever broken loaves suffice to give a crowd a
meal
and graves break open to release new life from
death’s dread seal.
4
Give us to the world you love, as light and salt and
yeast,
that we may nourish in your name the last, the lost,
the least,
until at length you call us all to your unending feast.

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Author: Carl P. Daw

Carl P. Daw, Jr. (b. Louisville, KY, 1944) is the son of a Baptist minister. He holds a PhD degree in English (University of Virginia) and taught English from 1970-1979 at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. As an Episcopal priest (MDiv, 1981, University of the South, Sewanee, Tennesee) he served several congregations in Virginia, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. From 1996-2009 he served as the Executive Director of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. Carl Daw began to write hymns as a consultant member of the Text committee for The Hymnal 1982, and his many texts often appeared first in several small collections, including A Year of Grace: Hymns for the Church Year (1990); To Sing God’s Praise (1992), New… Go to person page >

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