Author: Timothy Dudley-Smith (b. 1926) Meter: 18.104.22.168 Appears in 17 hymnals Scripture: Isaiah 43:18-19 Lyrics: 1 Lord, for the years your love has kept and guided,
urged and inspired us, cheered us on our way,
sought us and saved us, pardoned and provided,
Lord of the years, we bring our thanks today.
2 Lord, for that word, the Word of life which fires us,
speaks to our hearts and sets our souls ablaze,
teaches and trains, rebukes us and inspires us,
Lord of the word, receive your people's praise.
3 Lord, for our land, in this our generation,
spirits oppressed by pleasure, wealth and care;
for young and old, for this and every nation,
Lord of our land, be pleased to hear our prayer.
4 Lord, for our world; when we disown and doubt him,
loveless in strength, and comfortless in pain;
hungry and helpless, lost indeed without him,
Lord of the world, we pray that Christ may reign.
5 Lord, for ourselves; in living power remake us,
self on the cross and Christ upon the throne;
past put behind us, for the future take us,
Lord of our lives, to live for Christ alone. Topics: The Activity of God God in human experience; The Church Celebrates National Life; Anniversaries; Jesus Word of God; Nation and Society; Word of God Used With Tune: LORD OF THE YEARS
Lord, for the years your love has kept and guided