I will sing of Thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of Thy mercy.@Psalm 59:16

Gerald H. Kennedy, circa 1939.

At my first church after seminary, which was the Calvary Methodist Church in San Jose, California, I became acquainted with a man who was head of one of the music departments in one of the junior high schools. He said to me one day that he would like to write a hymn tune if I would write the words…I was a young preacher just starting out and tried to express my feeling of the main Christian theme of that particular period. The young people here and there began to get hold of it and it became a fairly popular hymn in California. Then it spread here and there and I was quite thrilled when they sang it one night in Australia at a youth rally where I spoke a couple of years ago.

Gerald H. Kennedy, 1966

Unser Herrscher Joachim Neander, 1680 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Joachim Neander (1650–1680)

God of love and God of power,
Grant us in this burning hour
Grace to ask these gifts of Thee,
Daring hearts and spirits free.


God of love and God of power,
Thou hast called us for this hour.

We are not the first to be
Banished by our fears from Thee;
Give us courage, let us hear
Heaven’s trumpets ringing clear.


All our lives belong to Thee,
Thou our final loyalty;
Slaves are we whene’er we share
That devotion anywhere.


God of love and God of power,
Make us worthy of this hour,
Offering lives if it’s Thy will,
Keeping free our spirits still.