We look to you, O Jesus—in faith, our Pioneer—
For you have gone before us and brought your people here.
You showed us all God’s kingdom, you gave us work to do;
In death you went before us; for life, we turn to you.
We looked to you to guide us three hundred years ago;
How different was the land then, from this land that we know.
With towns and country growing, your people heard your call,
And so they built new churches, proclaiming you to all.
Through times of strife and anguish, through times of joy and grace,
Through conflicts with our culture, you’ve brought us to this place;
And still your world is changing, and still we seek to be
A church reformed, reforming in faithful ministry.
Perfecter of the faith, Lord, we look to you each day;
We work for peace and justice, we worship, learn and pray—
And witnesses surround us, a host of saints above,
As we continue sharing the joy of your great love.
Henry T. Smart (PHH 233) composed the tune in 1835 for use at a missions festival at Blackburn, Lancashire, England. For that festival, which celebrated the three-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation in England, the tune was set to Reginald Heber's (PHH 249) “From Greenland's Icy Mountains.”…
Display Title: We Look to You, O JesusFirst Line: We look to you, O Jesus--in faith, our Pioneer--Tune Title: LANCASHIREAuthor: Carolyn Winfrey GilletteMeter: 188.8.131.52 DScripture: Hebrews 12:2Date: 2009Subject: Anniversary, Church |