That Kid in the Pew (God of Grace and God of Glory)

Fred McKinnon —  June 8, 2013 — Leave a comment

I grew up in church.  United Methodist, actually.  We sang hymns.   We had an organ and piano.  (see my tribute to our organist and my piano teacher for twelve years, Cue Herndon) Sometimes we had trumpet.  (Still think of Clark Jensen and hope he’s playing trumpet in heaven).  Eventually we even got handbells.  I even played them a few times, despite nearly shattering the big “G” bell.  I got ejected from that rehearsal, actually.

One would think I didn’t pay much attention.  One would think that I was too young to be in “big church” but in those days we had Sunday School for the kids but everyone came to “big church”.  There was no cool, hipster movie theater style kids’ church with skits and such.

Guess what?  It still sunk in.  It still left deposits in my soul.  And sometimes … quite often, actually, memories come back to me.

This morning as I was walking my dog Sadie and praying I found myself praying the first line of this old hymn.  The Holy Spirit, bringing up a tune and a hymn I probably haven’t sung or though about in probably 25 years.

Maybe you know it — maybe you don’t.  But take a minute and read these lyrics … slowly … intentionally … and make this hymn your prayer today.

God of Grace and Glory

Words:  Harry Emerson Fosdick
Music:  CWM Rhondda, John Hughes

God of grace and God of glory,
On Thy people pour Thy power.
Crown Thine ancient church’s story,
Bring her bud to glorious flower.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
For the facing of this hour,
For the facing of this hour.

Lo! the hosts of evil ’round us,
Scorn Thy Christ, assail His ways.
From the fears that long have bound us,
Free our hearts to faith and praise.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
For the living of these days,
For the living of these days.

Cure Thy children’s warring madness,
Bend our pride to Thy control.
Shame our wanton selfish gladness,
Rich in things and poor in soul.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
Lest we miss Thy kingdom’s goal,
Lest we miss Thy kingdom’s goal.

Set our feet on lofty places,
Gird our lives that they may be,
Armored with all Christ-like graces,
In the fight to set men free.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
That we fail not man nor Thee,
That we fail not man nor Thee.

Save us from weak resignation,
To the evils we deplore.
Let the search for Thy salvation,
Be our glory evermore.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
Serving Thee Whom we adore,
Serving Thee Whom we adore.

 

I couldn’t find a great video or recording of this song, but I’m a sucker for orchestration (even when it drowns out the choir) so here’s a clip I found on YouTube:

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Fred McKinnon, Worship Artist, Pianist, Producer. Husband to Joy, Father of Jon Michael, Will, Rebekah, and Andrew. Lives on St. Simons Island, GA.

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