543. God of the Prophets

1 God of the prophets, bless the prophets' sons;
Elijah's mantle o'er Elisha cast.
Each age its solemn task may claim but once;
Make each one better, nobler than the last.

2 Anoint them prophets, men who are intent
To be your witnesses in word and deed,
Their hearts aflame, their lips made eloquent,
Their eyes awake to ev'ry human need.

3 Anoint them priests, strong intercessors they,
For pardon and for love and hope and peace,
That, through their pleading, guilty sinners may
Find Jesus' mercy and from sin release.

4 Anoint them kings, yes, kingly kings, O Lord.
Anoint them with the Spirit of your Son.
Theirs not a jeweled crown, a blood-stained sword;
Theirs, by sweet love, for Christ a kingdom won.

5 Make them apostles, heralds of your cross;
Forth let them go to tell the world of grace.
Inspired by you, may they count all but loss
And stand at last with joy before your face.

Text Information
First Line: God of the prophets, bless the prophets' sons
Title: God of the Prophets
Author: Denis Wortman, 1835-1922 (abr., alt.)
Meter: 10 10 10 10
Language: English
Publication Date: 1993
Topic: Ministry
Notes: Alternate setting: 309
Tune Information
Name: OLD 124TH
Meter: 10 10 10 10
Key: F Major
Source: Trente quartre Pseaumes de David, Geneva, 1551, alt.
Notes: Alternate setting: 309

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