Renew Thy Church, Her Ministries Restore

Renew thy church, her ministries restore

Author: Kenneth Lorne Cober (1960)
Tune: ALL IS WELL (White)
Published in 27 hymnals

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1 Renew your church, our ministries restore:
both to serve and adore.
Make us again as salt throughout the land,
and as light from a stand.
'Mid somber shadows of the night,
where greed and hatreds spread their blight,
O send us forth with power endued,
help us, Lord, be renewed.

2 Teach us your Word, reveal its truth divine,
on our path let it shine;
tell of your works, your mighty acts of grace,
from each page show your face.
As you have loved us, sent your Son,
and our salvation now is won,
O let our hearts with love be stirred,
help us, Lord, know your Word.

3 Teach us to pray, for you are ever near,
your still voice let us hear.
Our souls are restless till they rest in you,
this the goal we pursue.
Before your presence keep us still
that we may find for us your will,
and seek your guidance every day,
teach us, Lord, how to pray.

4 Teach us to love, with strength of heart and mind,
each and all, humankind;
break down old walls of prejudice and hate,
leave us not to our fate.
As you have loved and given your life
to end hostility and strife,
O share your grace from heaven above,
teach us, Lord, how to love.

Source: Worship and Rejoice #462

Author: Kenneth Lorne Cober

Born: July 12, 1902, Day­ton, Ohio. The son of mis­sion­ar­ies, Co­ber grew up in Puer­to Ri­co. He at­tend­ed Buck­nell Un­i­ver­si­ty and Col­gate Ro­ches­ter Di­vin­i­ty School, and was pastor of the First Bap­tist Church, Can­an­dai­gua, New York; and the La­fay­ette Av­e­nue Bap­tist Church, Buf­fa­lo, New York. He served the Amer­i­can Bap­tist state con­ven­tions in New York, Rhode Is­land and Con­nec­ti­cut, and was ex­ec­u­tive di­rect­or of the Di­vi­sion of Chris­tian Ed­u­ca­tion for the Amer­i­can Bap­tist Con­ven­tion (1953-70). He re­tired to Pen­ney Farms, Flor­i­da. His works in­clude: The Church’s Teach­ing Min­is­try, 1964 Hymnbook for Chris… Go to person page >



Credited to C. Dingley in Revival Melodies (1842), before appearing in The Sacred Harp (1844), attributed to J.T. White. The editors of The Makers of the Sacred Harp (2010) consider White to be the arranger, not the composer; Dingley is perhaps also just an arranger. —Chris Fenner

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Worship and Rejoice #462


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