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We Lift Our Hearts to God

We lift our hearts to God

Author: Cor Barendrecht (1975)
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

Author: Cor Barendrecht

Cor Barendrecht was born in 1934 in the Netherlands. He survived World War II, emigrated first to Canada. He moved to the US to study at Calvin College Seminary. He graduated with an AB in English from Grand Valley State College (now GVSU). Barendrecht wrote the hymn "We Lift Our Hearts to God," an unrhymed verse text, which was his first hymn, in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1975. Barendrecht wrote and served as editor for several Christian publications. He was cofounder and editor of the Christian literary magazine For the Time Being (1970-1978). He died in 1999 Dianne Shapiro, from Psalter Hymnal Handbook (1978) and Sharlene Barendrecht Te Beest (daughter) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: We lift our hearts to God
Title: We Lift Our Hearts to God
Author: Cor Barendrecht (1975)
Language: English
Copyright: © 1987, CRC Publications


Scripture References:
st. 1 = Phil. 4:7
st. 2 = Rom. 12:1

This text is a fitting confession for Christians who must leave the comfortable pew and venture into God's world. The text of stanza I says that we go out to serve, "to work in church and kingdom," under God's protection and with God's blessing of peace. In stanza 2 author Cornelius (Cor) Wm. Barendrecht (b. The Hague, the Netherlands, 1934) quotes from the Heidelberg Catechism (Q&A 32) to say that serving God is a whole-life act of worship, "a living sacrifice."

Also quoting New Testament phrases, poet Barendrecht wrote this unrhymed verse text, his first hymn, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1975. Educated at Grand Valley State University and Calvin College, both in Grand Rapids, Barendrecht is a writer and has served as editor for several Christian publications. He was cofounder and editor of the
Christian literary magazine For the Time Being (1970-1978) and is currently director of business and communication of the Grand Rapids Area Ministries and editor of Grace Notes.

Liturgical Use:
As a parting hymn at the close of worship.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987



Psalter Hymnal editor Emily R. Brink (PHH 158) wrote HESSEL PARK for the Barendrecht text in 1976; the text and tune were first published in For the Time Being. The tune is named for the Hessel Park Christian Reformed Church, Champaign, Illinois, where Brink was music director while teaching at the…

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