You're Our Strength and Motivation

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1 You're our strength and motivation,
Christ, you send us out to serve.
We hold back, but your salvation
give us energy and nerve.
You still fill us with your Spirit;
lift us up on eagle's wings.
give your call, we gladly hear it;
in your work our spirit sings.

2 You make us rejoice in serving,
giving strength where we had none;
certain tasks had seemed unnerving,
but you've proven you're the one
who gives gifts of love and power,
confidence and self-control.
Fill us now, this very hour;
help us reach your kingdom's goal.

3 Holy Spirit, you are always
in our hearts and in our lives;
leading both in ease and hard days,
working so that God's love thrives.
Make us all you have intended;
lay our hesitance aside,
help us give till life has ended,
so that Christ is glorified.

Source: Moravian Book of Worship #622

Author: Darryl Bell

Darryl Bell was born April 23, 1948 in Cass City, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan, attended Wheaton College Graduate School, and received a Masters of Divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary, and Doctor of Ministry from Bethel Theological Seminary. He served pastored churches in Minnesota and Ohio and planted Faith Community Church in Canton, Mich, Christ's Community Church in Maple Grove, Minn., and The Promise Church in Lewis Center, Ohio. He also Interim Church Planter Resource Advisor for the Moravian Church, Northern Province. He was a gentle, caring pastor; loved the outdoors; played, wrote and led music; worked with his hands; and was a life-long learner. Dianne Shapiro, from obituary Grand Rapids… Go to person page >

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First Line: You're our strength and motivation
Title: You're Our Strength and Motivation
Author: Darryl Bell (1988, rev. 1993)
Meter: D
Language: English



The authorship of this tune is not clear, with different editors attributing the tune to different composers (or not naming one at all). See the instances list above for the different attributions. From William J. Reynolds, Companion to Baptist Hymnal (1976): "Nettleton first appeared as a two-part…

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