Songs & Hymns

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

(Reflection, Prayer, General)
In this traditional hymn we ask for God's forgiveness and  then, like his disciples seek to follow him in the Christian values of reverence and service. The last verse reminds us of the prophet Elijah's meeting with God, in which an earthquake, wind and fire passed over him but the voice of God was heard in the still, small voice of calm.  (1 Kings 19: 1 - 15)

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Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our foolish ways;
Reclothe us in our rightful mind;
In purer lives thy service find,
In deeper reverence, praise,
In deeper reverence, praise. 

In simple trust like theirs who heard,
Beside the Syrian sea,
The gracious calling of the Lord,
Let us, like them, without a word
Rise up and follow thee,
Rise up and follow thee. 

O Sabbath rest by Galilee!
O calm of hills above,
Where Jesus knelt to share with thee
The silence of eternity,
Interpreted by love,
Interpreted by love! 

Drop thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of thy peace,
The beauty of thy peace. 

Breathe through the heats of our desire
Thy coolness and thy balm;
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
Speak through the earthquake, wind and fire,
O still small voice of calm,
O still small voice of calm.


Words: John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)

This arrangement © 2008 The Royal School of Church Music, 19 The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EB. This song may be photocopied under the terms of the CCLE Music Reproduction Licence. CCLI Song No. 4753678. Please include every item you copy in your annual CCLI report, quoting 'Worship Workshop'.

Music produced and mixed by Nic Rowley at Vandborg Studios. Backing tracks arranged, performed and recorded by Nic Rowley, Jane Carr, James Welch and Katie Chatburn.  Recording engineer James Welch at Masterlink Productions. Organist Gillian Lloyd. Recorded on the organ of Guildford United Reformed Church by kind permission of the Elders.

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