On Opening a Place of Social Prayer

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1 Great Shepherd of thy people, hear,
thy presence now display;
as thou hast given a place for prayer,
so give us hearts to pray.

2 Within these walls let holy peace
and love and concord dwell;
here give the troubled conscience ease,
the wounded spirit heal.

3 May we in faith receive thy word,
in faith present our prayers,
and in the presence of our Lord
unbosom all our cares.

4 The hearing ear, the seeing eye,
the contrite heart, bestow;
and shine upon us from on high,
that we in grace may grow.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #651

Author: John Newton

John Newton (b. London, England, 1725; d. London, 1807) was born into a Christian home, but his godly mother died when he was seven, and he joined his father at sea when he was eleven. His licentious and tumul­tuous sailing life included a flogging for attempted desertion from the Royal Navy and captivity by a slave trader in West Africa. After his escape he himself became the captain of a slave ship. Several factors contributed to Newton's conversion: a near-drowning in 1748, the piety of his friend Mary Catlett, (whom he married in 1750), and his reading of Thomas à Kempis' Imitation of Christ. In 1754 he gave up the slave trade and, in association with William Wilberforce, eventually became an ardent abolitionist. After becoming a tide… Go to person page >



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Instances (1 - 18 of 18)

Ancient and Modern #651

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #274

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #614

Common Praise (1998) #521

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Common Praise #454

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #250

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard Edition #164

Hymns and Psalms #490


Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #363a


Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #363b


Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #363c

Sing Glory #238

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The A.M.E. Zion Hymnal #457

The Baptist Hymnal #611

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The Book of Praise #450


The Cyber Hymnal #1192


Together in Song #444


Voices United #398

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