Teach us, O loving heart of Christ

Teach us, O loving heart of Christ

Author: Shirley Erena Murray
Tune: KHANDALLAH
Published in 2 hymnals

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1 Teach us, O loving heart of Christ
what only love can say:
'Father, forgive' and still forgive
the blindness of our way.

2 Torn is the world you came to save,
it bleeds from hands and side:
slow is your Church to bear the scars
of suffering love that died.

3 We have not found your way of peace,
though lack of peace is death:
we have not fed with word or bread
the hungry of the earth.

4 Christ in whose hands were thrust the nails,
who yet for us could pray:
forgive the things we have not done,
the words we do not say.

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Author: Shirley Erena Murray

Shirley Erena Murray (b. Invercargill, New Zealand, 1931) studied music as an undergraduate but received a master’s degree (with honors) in classics and French from Otago University. Her upbringing was Methodist, but she became a Presbyterian when she married the Reverend John Stewart Murray, who was a moderator of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand. Shirley began her career as a teacher of languages, but she became more active in Amnesty International, and for eight years she served the Labor Party Research Unit of Parliament. Her involvement in these organizations has enriched her writing of hymns, which address human rights, women’s concerns, justice, peace, the integrity of creation, and the unity of the church. Many of her hymn… Go to person page >

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Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #488

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Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #488

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