Philocrites : Liberal Religion : Hymns 1.20.03

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Worship leaders are welcome to use this hymn in services, but please flatter me by letting me know that you are using it. Email me! I wrote the tune "Parker" for this hymn.

O growth of every growing thing,
O compass of our journeying,
O heart-beat, Spirit, breath of all,
O poet's song, O prophet's call:
Renew our spirits as we sing,
    Most holy, living God.

O pole-star in the night's despair,
O bird-song in the morning air,
O spring in trouble's desert land,
O freedom from the tyrant's hand:
Bring peace to people everywhere,
    O liberating God.

O endless hope, eternal lure,
O love unfailing, ever sure,
O savior of our faltering thought,
And death of every idol wrought:
Refine our lives, make hope endure,
    Beloved, loving God.

Performance history

First Congregational Society, UU, Jamaica Plain MA

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