O Lord, May All We Say and Do
TALLIS' CANON (184.108.40.206) ("All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night")
O Lord, may all we say and do
Reflect the faith we have in you;
For faith is meant to change the way
We live our lives from day to day.
God, may we open wide the door
And welcome people who are poor;
And may we share with them our bread,
For faith without good works is dead.
Just as a spark can start a fire,
Our words can damage or inspire;
We pray for wisdom from above
To speak and act in gentle love.
May we not covet earthly things
Or seek the riches this world brings;
May we not boast of all our plans,
For, Lord, our lives are in your hands.
O Lord, possessions rust away,
But your love fills us every day;
Through prayer and service in your name,
May we live out the faith we claim.
Biblical Reference: James 1:25, 2:1, 2:15, 3:5-6, 4:4, 14-16, 5:1-2, 4,16
Tune: Thomas Tallis, 1561 ("All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night")
Text: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette,
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