Sent Forth by God's Blessing

This is a folk-style hymn for the end of a church-service.

The words were written by Dutch-American Roman Catholic liturgist, composer and publisher Omer Westendorf (1916-1997), and first published in 1964.

With meter 6 6 11.6 6 11 D, it is set to the traditional Welch tune ASH GROVE.





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Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
Sent forth by God's blessing, our true faith confessing,
... to work for God's kingdom and answer his call.

2. With praise and thanksgiving to God ever-living
.... give honour to Christ and his name that we bear.

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Sent forth by God's blessing, our true faith confessing,
the people of God from this dwelling take leave.
The supper is ended. Oh, now be extended
the fruits of this service in all who believe.
The fruit of Christ's teaching, receptive souls reaching,
shall blossom in action for God and for all.
His grace did invite us, his love shall unite us
to work for God's kingdom and answer his call.

2. With praise and thanksgiving to God ever-living
the tasks of our everyday life we will face.
Our faith ever sharing, in love ever caring,
embracing the children of each tribe and race.
With your feast you feed us, with your light now lead us,
unite us as one in this life that we share.
Then may all the living with praise and thanksgiving
give honor to Christ and his name that we bear.

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