It's the last unofficial weekend of summer and many churches all over will be starting their program years next week. Attendance is often down in the summer months and some people who haven't been around since June will return again. So today's hymn is a sort of gathering song for the busy times ahead as Sunday school teachers prepare to meet their classes and choirs and music directors look ahead to a busy Christmas season.
Jesus, united by thy grace,
And each to each endeared,
With confidence we seek thy face
And know our prayer is heard.
Make us into one spirit drink;
Baptize into thy name;
And let us always kindly think,
And sweetly speak, the same.
Help us to help each other, Lord,
Each other’s burdens bear;
Let all their friendly aid afford,
And feel each other’s care.
Touched by the lodestone of thy love,
Let all our hearts agree,
And ever toward each other move,
And ever move toward thee.
To thee, inseparably joined,
Let all our spirits cleave;
O may we all the loving mind,
That was in thee receive.
And when the fullest joy is given,
The same delight we prove,
In earth, till when we rise to heav'n,
Our all in all be Love.
Charles Wesley, 1742; alt.
Tune: ST. FULBERT (C.M.)
Henry J. Gauntlett, 1849
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