Title: God the Spirit, Guide and Guardian
Composer: Henry Thomas Smart, 1867
Author: Carl P. Daw, Jr., 1988
Theme: Sacraments and Ordinances
1. God the Spirit, guide and guardian, Wind-sped flame and hovering dove, Breath of life and voice of prophets, Sign of blessing, power of love: Give to those who lead Your people Fresh anointing of Your grace; Send them forth as bold apostles To Your church in every place. 2. Christ our Savior, Sovereign, Shepherd, Word made flesh, Love crucified, Teacher, healer, suffering Servant, Friend of sinners, foe of pride: In Your tending may all *pastors Learn and live a Shepherd's care; Grant them courage and compassion Shown through word and deed and prayer. 3. Great Creator, Life-bestower, Truth beyond all thought's recall, Fount of wisdom, womb of mercy, Giving and forgiving all: As You know our strength and weakness, So may those the church exalts Oversee her life steadfastly, Yet not overlook her faults. 4. Triune God, mysterious Being, Undivided and diverse, Deeper than our minds can fathom, Greater than our creeds rehearse: Help us in our varied callings Your full image to proclaim, That our ministries uniting May give glory to Your name. *or "elders" or "deacons."