The Presbyterian Hymnal: Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs


Our Cities Cry to You, O God

1.  Our cities cry to You, O God,
    From out their pain and strife;
    You made us for Yourself alone,
    But we choose alien life.
    Our goals are pleasure, gold, and power;
    Injustice stalks our earth;
    In vain we seek for rest, for joy, 
    For sense of human worth.

2.  Yet still You walk our streets, O Christ!
    We know Your presence here
    Where humble Christians love and serve
    In godly grace and fear.
    O Word made flesh, be seen in us!
    May all we say and do
    Affirm You God Incarnate still
    And turn sad hearts to You!

3.  Your people are Your hands and feet
    To serve Your world today,
    Our lives the book our cities read
    To help them find Your way.
    O pour Your sovereign Spirit out 
    On heart and will and brain:
    Inspire Your church with love and power
    To ease our cities' pain!

4.  O healing Savior, Prince of Peace,
    Salvation's source and sum,
    For You our broken cities cry:
    O come, Lord Jesus, come!
    With truth Your royal diadem,
    With righteousness Your rod,
    O come, Lord Jesus, bring to earth
    The city of our God!

WORDS: Margaret Clarkson, 1981
MUSIC: Kentucky Harmony, 1816 Harm. Songs for Liturgy and More Hymns and Spiritual Songs, 1971
Scripture: Luke 19:41 Acts 18:10
Theme: Church