Scripture Verse

Wilt Thou not revive us again: that Thy people may rejoice in Thee?@Psalm 85:6

Words: John A. Dalles, 1992.

Music: St. George’s Wind­sor George J. El­vey, 1858 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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George J. Elvey
(1816–1893)

Origin of the Hymn

Change Your Church, O God, to Be was writ­ten in Pitts­burgh [Penn­syl­van­ia] in 1992, based on the thought from the mot­to of the Pres­by­ter­i­an Church (USA): The La­tin slo­gan, Ec­cle­sia re­for­ma­ta, sem­per re­for­man­da (The church re­formed and al­ways to be re­formed).

It was used in a re­new­al wor­ship ser­vice at the Fox Cha­pel Pres­by­ter­i­an Church, Pitts­burgh… (which I served for a de­cade as as­so­ci­ate pas­tor) for the first time in 1992.

John Dalles

Lyrics

Change your church, O God to be
More the church you long to see,
More the people you have claimed,
More the children you have named!
Change your Church! Renew us, Lord,
Till we all reflect your Word!
Make of us a shining light
Ever pleasing in your sight!

God, revive us by your love;
Send your Spirit to reprove!
Take away sin’s awful blight,
Help us all to do the right!
Cultivate us, God, so we,
Grafted to your vine, may be,
Thriving best, within your care,
Blossoming, your love to share.

God, review our urgent schemes!
Guide our vision, mold our dreams!
As we, toward your future move,
All our being, God, improve!
May we, by Christ’s love, be warmed!
Bless your church, by faith reformed;
Hastened by your Spirit’s pace:
God renew us by your grace.