Dudley-Smith on the Lord of the Church

Today's Worship Quote of the Week is the middle stanza of another wonderful hymn text by Timothy Dudley-Smith. Perhaps these lines can help us focus our thoughts as we pray for God's blessing on our country and cities, communities and schools, churches and families. This hymn can be sung to the tune LONDONDERRY AIR (Danny Boy), but you have to put three notes on the word "serve" in the last line.

Lord of the church, we seek a Father's blessing,
A true repentance and a faith restored,
A swift obedience and a new possessing,
Filled with the Holy Spirit of the Lord!
We turn to Christ from all our restless striving,
Unnumbered voices with a single prayer-
The living water for our soul's reviving,
In Christ to live, and love and serve and care.

-Timothy Dudley-Smith, from "Lord of the Church, We Pray for Our Renewing" (verse 2), 1976, as found in The Worshiping Church, Hope Publishing Company, 1991.

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