O Lord, by Thy supporting hand,
We enter on another year;
And now we meet at Thy command,
To seek Thy gracious presence here.
Have mercy on our numerous youth,
Who, young in years, are old in sin;
And by Thy spirit and Thy truth,
Show them the state their souls are in.
Then, by a Savior’s dying love
To every wounded heart revealed,
Temptations, fears, and guilt remove,
And be their sun, and strength, and shield.
To mourners speak a cheering word,
On seeking souls vouchsafe to shine;
Let poor backsliders be restored,
And all Thy saints in praises join.
O hear our prayer and give us hope,
That when Thy voice shall call us home,
Thou still wilt raise a people up,
To love and praise, no more to roam.