Sunday, August 12, 2012

O God Beyond All Praising...

with the elusive middle verse intact.

Lenoir-Rhyne University Sacred Music Program
A Service of Commemoration on the Tenth Anniversary September 11, 2001 - September 11, 2011
The Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Brass Ensemble
The Lenoir-Rhyne University A Cappella Choir
Paul D. Weber, Director
Florence Jowers, Lenoir-Rhyne University Organist

O God, Beyond All Praising

O God, beyond all praising, we worship you today
and sing the love amazing that songs cannot repay;
For we can only wonder at every gift you send,
at blessings without number and mercies without end:
We lift our hearts before you and wait upon your word,
We honor and adore you, our great and mighty Lord.

The flower of earthly splendor in time must surely die,
Its fragile bloom surrender to you, the Lord most high;
But hidden from all nature the eternal seed is sown
Though small in mortal stature, to heaven’s garden grown:
For Christ the man from heaven from death has set us free,
And we through him are given the final victory.

Then hear, O gracious Savior, accept the love we bring,
That we who know your favor may serve you as our King;
And whether our tomorrow be filled with good or ill,
We’ll triumph through our sorrows and rise to praise you still:
To marvel at your beauty and glory in your ways,
And make a joyful duty our sacrifice of praise!

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