God of Our Fathers

God of our fathers,
whose almighty hand
Leads forth in beauty
all the starry band
Of shining world in
splendor through the skies,
Our grateful songs
before Thy throne arise.


Thy love divine hath
led us in the past,
In this free land by
Thee our lots is cast;
Be Thou our ruler,
guardian, guide, and stay,
Thy word our law,
Thy paths our chosen way.

From war's alarms,
from deadly pestilence,
Be Thy strong arm our
ever sure defense;
Thy true religion in
our hearts increase,
Thy bounteous goodness
nourish us in peace.

Refresh Thy people on
their toilsome way,
Lead us from night
to never-ending day;
Fill all our lives with
love and grace divine,
And glory, laud, and
praise be ever Thine.
May 28, 2008