Number: 429
Title: Lord, You Give the Great Commision
Composer: Cyril Vincent Taylor, 1941
Author: Jeffery W. Rowthorn, 1978
Scripture: Matthew 28:18-20 Luke 10:9 Luke 23:34 I Corinthians 11:23-25
Theme: Church

Lyrics:
1.  Lord, you give the great commission:
    "Heal the sick and preach the word."
    Lest the church neglect its mission,
    And the gospel go unheard,
    Help us witness to your purpose
    With renewed integrity;
    With the Spirit's gifts empower us
    For the work of ministry.

2.  Lord, you call us to your service:
    "In my name baptize and teach."
    That the world may trust your promise,
    Life abundant meant for each,
    Give us all new fervor, draw us
    Closer in community;
    With the Spirit's gifts empower us
    For the work of ministry.

3.  Lord, you make the common holy:
    "This my body, this my blood."
    Let us all, for earth's true glory,
    Daily lift life heavenward,
    Asking that the world around us
    Share your children's liberty;
    With the Spirit's gifts empower us
    For the work of ministry.
    
4.  Lord, you show us love's true measure:
    "Father, what they do, forgive."
    Yet we hoard as private treasure
    All that you so freely give.
    May your care and mercy lead us 
    To a just society;
    With the Spirit's gifts empower us
    For the work of ministry.

5.  Lord, you bless with words assuring:
    "I am with you to the end."
    Faith and hope and love restoring,
    May we serve as you intend,
    And, amid the cares that claim us,
    Hold in mind eternity;
    With the Spirit's gifts empower us
    For the work of ministry.