O God of font and altar

O God of font and altar,
of music, grandeur, light;
toward whom the soaring arches
aspire beyond their height:
as beauty draws us to you
within this house of prayer,
let worship form and feed us
to help us show your care.

O life-bestowing Spirit,
inspire this hallowed space;
breathe through us with new fervor
and fill us with your grace.
Arouse our lagging spirits,
enflame our hearts with joy;
here let a love be kindled
that death cannot destroy.

O Christ, who cleansed the temple,
baptize us with your zeal,
and teach us your compassion
to love, forgive, and heal.
Be in our midst to claim us
and mark us as your own;
then send us forth in witness
to make your mercy known.

Words: Carl P. Daw, Jr.
Words © 1990 by Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, IL 60188.
All rights reserved. Used by permission.
For permission to reproduce this hymn, contact: Hope Publishing Company, www.hopepublishing.com

Music: King's Lynn

Meter: 76 76 D

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