New hymn for Candlemas

In an attempt to post things relevant to the current or forthcoming seasons of the church, here is a Hymn for Candlemas (aka the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple)  The tune is Repton (Dear Lord and Father). Looking at it, it would work best at an evening service. 

Dear Father God, we gather here
In this great house of prayer.
We come just as we are to you
as one who knows us through and through,
and keeps us in your care,
in love beyond compare.

Dear Father God, we praise the name
of Jesus Christ your Son,
The light for all the nations shines,
we see how your salvation binds
all people into one,
and brings your children home.

Dear Father God, we sing your praise
for promises come true.
As young and old our voices raise
and joyfully proclaim, “God’s ways
are heaven breaking through
to make the earth anew.

We praise you, Father, for you own
our future and our past.
Your promised kingdom soon shall come,
and then, when earthly life is done
your love will hold us fast,
in heaven’s peace at last.

So Father God, may each of us
go out into this night
to share the joy you give to us,
to praise, to sing, to teach, to bless
all people with your light,
and make earth’s darkness bright.

Archive notes:
This is archived under the ADVENT, CHRISTMAS & EPIPHANY tab, on the Candlemas page.

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