Monday, November 12, 2012

We Gather Together to Ask the Lord's Blessing

A Russian church rents our church facilities.  Each fall they build this beautiful display in our sanctuary.  Makes me think of this hymn:

We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing;

he chastens and hastens his will to make known;

the wicked oppressing now cease from distressing: 
sing praise to his Name, he forgets not his own. 

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
 ordaining, maintaining his kingdom divine;
so from the beginning the fight we were winning:
 thou, Lord, wast at our side: all glory be thine!

 We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant,
and pray that thou still our defender wilt be.
 Let thy congregation escape tribulation: thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

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