Thursday, November 22, 2012

"Great Is Thy Faithfulness"

(For some reason this hymn doesn't seem to appear in the 'Celebration Hymnal'. I can't understand why not, if only because it's a wonderful piece of church music, a celebration of Divine Providence which seems to be ecumenically unchallenging. It  crossed my radar this year via 'Songs of Praise', and provides a welcome and wonderful contrast to the liturgical Dadaism known as 'The Folk Mass')

"Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
there is no shadow of turning with thee;
thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not;
as thou hast been thou forever will be.
 

Refrain:
Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
all I have needed thy hand hath provided;
great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
sun, moon and stars in their courses above
join with all nature in manifold witness
to thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.  


Refrain:
Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
all I have needed thy hand hath provided;
great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!


Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!  


Refrain:
Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
all I have needed thy hand hath provided;
great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!"

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