Conference Blessings

Lord, cause Thy face on us to shine

Author: Thomas Cotterill
Tune: HEBRON (Mason)
Published in 23 hymnals

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1 Lord, cause Thy face on us to shine,
Give us Thy peace and seal us Thine;
Teach us to prize the means of grace
And love Thine earthly dwelling-place.

2 One is our faith and one our Lord;
One body, Spirit, hope, reward:
May we in one communion be
One with each other, one with Thee.

3 Bless all whose voice salvation brings,
Who minister in holy things;
Our pastors, elders, deacons bless;
Clothe them with zeal and righteousness:

4 Let many in the judgment day,
Turned from the error of their way,
Their hope, their joy, their crown appear:--
Save those who preach and those who hear.


Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #94

Author: Thomas Cotterill

Thomas Cotterill (b. Cannock, Staffordshire, England, 1779; d. Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1823) studied at St. John's College, Cambridge, England, and became an Anglican clergyman. A central figure in the dispute about the propriety of singing hymns, Cotterill published a popular collection of hymns (including many of his own as well as alterations of other hymns), Selection of Psalms and Hymns in 1810. But when he tried to introduce a later edition of this book in Sheffield in 1819, his congregation protested. Many believed strongly that the Church of England should maintain its tradition of exclusive psalm singing. In a church court the Archbishop of York and Cotterill reached a compromise: the later edition of Selection was withdrawn… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Lord, cause Thy face on us to shine
Title: Conference Blessings
Author: Thomas Cotterill
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Lord, cause Thy face on us to shine. T. Cotterill. [For a Blessing on Ministers and People.] Contributed to the 8th edition of his Selection, 1819, No. 28, in 3 stanzas of 8 lines, and headed, "For God's blessing on His Ministers and People." Although not repeated in the 9th edition, 1820, it was included in other hymnbooks, and is still in common use. The hymn, "O King of Salem, Prince of Peace," in W. F. Stevenson's Hymns for Church and Home, 1873, and other collections, begins with stanza ii. of this hymn.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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