Thursday, November 23, 2017

We Gather Together

For as long as I can remember, the hymn, We Gather Together, has been one of my favorites.  I can remember singing it in church and loving the words and melody.

As you gather together with your friends and family, may God richly bless you and fill your day with thanksgiving and gladness!

Happy Thanksgiving!

We gather together
to ask the Lord's blessing;
He chastens and hastens
His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing
now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His name,
He forgets not His own.

Beside us to guide us,
our God with us joining,
ordaining, maintaining
His kingdom divine;
so from the beginning
the fight we were winning;
thou, Lord, wast at our side,
all glory be Thine!

We all do extol Thee,
Thou leader triumphant,
and pray that Thou still
our Defender wilt be.
Let Thy congregation
escape tribulation;
Thy name be ever praised!
O Lord, make us free!

17th-century Dutch hymn
translated by Theodore Baker