Number: 419
Title: How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord
Composer: C. Hubert H. Parry, 1888
Author: Fred Pratt Green, 1981
Scripture: Isaiah 6:8 Hebrews 11
Theme: Church

1.  How clear is our vocation, Lord,
    When once we heed Your call:
    To live according to Your word,
    And daily learn, refreshed, restored,
    That You are Lord of all
    And will not let us fall.

2.  But if, forgetful, we should find
    Your yoke is hard to bear,
    If worldly pressures fray the mind
    And love itself cannot unwind
    Its tangled skein of care:
    Our inward life repair.

3.  We mark Your saints, how they became
    In hindrances more sure,
    Whose joyful virtues put to shame
    The casual way we wear Your name,
    And by our faults obscure
    Your power to cleanse and cure.

4.  In what You give us, Lord, to do,
    Together or alone,
    In old routines or ventures new,
    May we not cease to look to You--
    The cross You hung upon--
    All You endeavored done.