1 We praise and bless Thee, Gracious Lord,
Our Saviour kind and true,
For all the old things passed away,
For all Thou hast made new.
2 But yet how much must be destroyed,
How much renewed must be,
Ere we can fully stand complete
In likeness, Lord, to Thee!
3 Thou, only Thou must carry on
The work Thou hast begun;
Of Thine own strength Thou must impart,
In Thine own ways to run.
4 Ah, leave us not! from day to day
Revive, restore again;
Our feeble steps do thou direct,
Our enemies restrain.
5 So shall we faultless stand at last
Before Thy Father's throne;
The blessedness for ever ours,
The glory all Thine own!
Source: Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church #268