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With solemn joy we come, dear Lord

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1 With solemn joy we come, dear Lord,
To make our vows this day;
We find in thee our hope, our life,
Thou art the living way.

2 In childhood's pure and blessed morn
Thy gift was shed from heaven,
When at the sacred font of life
Our souls to thee were given.

3 And through the years thy wondrous grace
Has followed all the way;
Thy love has never let us go,
Though we are prone to stray.

4 Forgive, dear Lord, each fault and stain,
And cleanse our hearts from sin;
Help us to walk in humble faith,
And keep us pure within.

5 O blessèd Saviour, thine we are,
Thy Name we would confess;
Thy Spirit pour into our hearts,
Our youthful lives to bless.

6 O keep us faithful, keep us true,
And seal us for thine own,
That we may stand at last with joy
Before thy great white throne.

Amen.

Source: Service Book and Hymnal of the Lutheran Church in America #291

Author: Ernest Edwin Ryden

Ernest Edwin Ryden is a distinguished Lutheran clergyman who has been a life-long student of hymns. At present he is pastor of Emanuel Lutheran Church in North Grosvenordale, Connecticut. This is the latest of a long series of services he has rendered in the Lutheran Church. For twenty-seven years he was editor of "The Lutheran Companion," the official organ of the former Augustana Lutheran Church. His contributions to hymnody were many. He was a member of the Committee which created the Augustana Hymnal of 1925 to which he contributed eight original hymns and translations. He was co-editor of the Junior Hymnal for which he wrote a number of hymns. He was secretary of the committee which prepared the Service Book and Hymnal. Here again he h… Go to person page >

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First Line: With solemn joy we come, dear Lord
Author: Ernest Edwin Ryden

Tune

ST. PETER (Reinagle)

Composed by Alexander R. Reinagle (b. Brighton, Sussex, England, 1799; d. Kidlington, Oxfordshire, England, 1877), ST. PETER was published as a setting for Psalm 118 in Reinagle's Psalm Tunes for the Voice and Pianoforte (c. 1836). The tune first appeared with Newton's text in Hymns Ancient and Mode…

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