Scripture Verse

Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. Matthew 28:19–20

Introduction

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Jeffery W. Rowthorn
1934–

Words: Jef­fe­ry W. Row­thorn, 1978.

Music: Ab­bot’s Leigh Cy­ril V. Tay­lor, 1941 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Cyril V. Taylor
1907–1991

Lyrics

Lord, You give the great com­mis­sion:
Heal the sick and preach the Word.
Lest the Church ne­glect its mis­sion,
And the Gos­pel go un­heard,
Help us wit­ness to Your pur­pose
With re­newed in­te­gri­ty,
With the Spir­it’s gifts em­pow­er us
For the work of min­is­try.

Lord, You call us to Your ser­vice:
In My name bap­tize and teach.
That the world may trust Your pro­mise,
Life abun­dant meant for each,
Give us all new fer­vor, draw us
Closer in com­mu­ni­ty.
With the Spir­it’s gifts em­pow­er us
For the work of min­is­try.

Lord, You make the com­mon ho­ly:
This My body, this My blood.
Let us all, for earth’s true glo­ry,
Daily lift life heav­en­ward,
Asking that the world around us
Share your child­ren’s li­ber­ty
With the Spir­it’s gifts em­pow­er us
For the work of min­is­try.

Lord, You show us love’s true mea­sure:
Father, what they do, for­give.
Yet we hoard as pri­vate treasure
All that You so free­ly give.
May Your care and mer­cy lead us
To a just so­ci­e­ty.
With the Spirit’s gifts em­pow­er us
For the work of min­is­try.

Lord, You bless with words as­sur­ing:
I am with you to the end.
Faith and hope and love re­stor­ing,
May we serve as You in­tend
And, amid the cares that claim us,
Hold in mind eter­ni­ty.
With the Spir­it’s gifts em­pow­er us
For the work of min­is­try.