John Danner, of Sanibel, Florida, has a remarkable gift for writing doxologies — words of praise — every week for his congregation. Occasionally I ask if I can share some here for all of us to enjoy. Please use them with credit.
TUNE: Old Hundredth TEXT: John H. Danner
Praise God, who welcomes one and all,
Praise Christ, who loves both great and small,
Praise Spirit, coursing through each life,
And lifting us from pain and strife.
Take up our lives into Your heart.
Make us one whole from ev’ry part.
Teach us Your purpose and Your way,
So we might serve You ev’ry day.
Praise God, who calls us to be free,
praise God, the source of liberty,
Praise God, who bids us use this gift,
To reach out and give all a lift.
(this written for the US July 4th celebration is appropriate for patriotic occasions)
Praise God who loves both young and old,
Who speaks through both the meek and bold,
Who gives each child a special place,
And smiles upon each precious face.
(this is appropriate for days celebrating children or youth … Children & Youth Sunday, back-to-school Sundays, Rally Day).
Praise God who mothers ev’ry child,
Praise God who loves both tame and wild,
Praise God who calls us when we roam
And bids us find our way back home.
(originally this was written for Mother’s Day)