Number: 279
Title: Lord of Our Growing Years
Author: David Mowbray (b. 1938)Martin Shaw, 1915
Theme: God

Lyrics:
1.  Lord of our growing years,
    With us from infancy,
    Laughter and quick-dried tears,
    Freshness and energy;
    Your grace surrounds us all our days;
    For all Your gifts we bring our praise.

2.  Lord of our strongest years,
    Stretching our youthful powers,
    Lovers and pioneers
    When all the world seems ours:
    Your grace surrounds us all our days;
    For all Your gifts we bring our praise.

3.  Lord of our middle years,
    Giver of steadfastness,
    Courage that perseveres
    When there is small success:
    Your grace surrounds us all our days;
    For all Your gifts we bring our praise.

4.  Lord of our older years,
    Steep though the road may be,
    Rid us of foolish fears,
    Bring us serenity:
    Your grace surrounds us all our days;
    For all Your gifts we bring our praise.

5.  Lord of our closing years,
    Always Your promise stands;
    Hold us, when death appears,
    Safely within Your hands:
    Your grace surrounds us all our days;
    For all Your gifts we bring our praise.