What Can we Offer You

This hymn about repentance and offering yourself to God was written by American Roman Catholic pastoral musician Tom Shelley. It was originally published in 1977 by Alba House Communications, which was a service of the Society of St Paul (ref).

Hymn-books which it has been published in include:

It is set to a tune, also by Shelley.  This has a 4/4 time signature. In the key of D, the first few notes are FED F_ED E_ EB C with accompanying chords  D / Bm / Gm / A7.



Downloads

No downloadable versions have been found, of either performances or the sheet music. If you know where to find one, please leave a message in the Comments box near the bottom of the page.

Examples


Small group and congregation with band, recorded live in a church service:


Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
1 What can we offer You, Lord our God?
How can we worship You as You deserve?
We can only offer what our lips do proclaim.
We can only offer You humble acts of praise.
But we offer this with Jesus, our bother, Jesus your son.
We join with Him, glory to You, O God,
We join with Him, glory to You, O God.

2 What can we offer You, Lord our God?
How can we thank You for all You've done?
We can only say it, Lord God, we thank You so.
We can only try to live grateful lives, O Lord.
But we offer this with Jesus, our brother, Jesus Your son.
We join with Him, our thanks to You, O God.
We join with Him, our thanks to You, O God.

3 What can we offer You, Lord our God?
How do we prove we are truly sorry, Lord?
We can say it often, God, sorry that we are.
We can try to prove it, Lord, by the way we live.
And we offer this with Jesus, our brother, Jesus, Your son.
We join with Him, forgive our sins, O God,
We join with Him, forgive our sins, O God.

4 What can we offer You, Lord our God?
Dare we present You with another call for help?
We just have to say it, Lord God, we need You so.
We just have to beg You, Lord, take us by the hand.
And we offer this with Jesus, our brother, Jesus, Your son.
We join with Him, Lord, we need You so,
We join with Him, Lord, we need You so.


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