God, How Many Are A Thousand
AUSTRIAN HYMN (22.214.171.124 D) ("Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken")
God, how many are a thousand out of all the grains of sand,
And how many are a thousand of the stars that you command?
Lord, how awesome is the meaning of this new day shining bright,
For we know a thousand years are as a moment in your sight.
God, we look to your vast heavens; constellations seem to dance.
In each atom is your detail, and you form the smallest plants.
When we look back through the ages, there we see your hand as well.
Thank you, God, for loving, caring for this world in which we dwell.
God, in Christ, you showed that caring: You broke through our time and space.
Christ proclaimed how much you love us, showing your redeeming grace.
Jesus healed the ones who suffered; he endured death's mighty pain.
In your time, you raised our Savior; with him, life begins again.
Yet, O God, our world still searches, longing for the peace you give.
In this age when life is changing, teach us, Lord, in whom we live.
Show again Christ's risen presence, guide us by your Spirit's power.
May we find the joy you offer, as we serve you every hour.
God, how joyful are a thousand when we Christians join to sing!
And how mighty are a thousand when we share the gifts we bring!
Christ, we seek to work together; hand in hand you make us strong.
Spirit, help us in this new time: Give us joy in work and song.
Biblical References: Psalms 90:4; 2 Peter 3:8; Luke 4:18-19; Romans 14:7-9
Tune: Franz Joseph Haydn, 1797 ("Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken")
Text: Copyright © 1998 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
Copied from Gifts of Love: New Hymns for Today's Worship by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Geneva Press, 2000).
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