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When the Church of Jesus

When the Church of Jesus 
Shuts its outer door,
Lest the roar of traffic
Drown the voice of prayer:
May our prayers, Lord, make us
Ten times more aware
That the world we banish
Is our Christian care.

If our hearts are lifted
Where devotion soars
High above this hungry
Suffering world of ours:
Lest our hymns should drug us
To forget its needs,
Forge our Christian worship
Into Christian deeds.

Lest the gifts we offer,
Money, talents, time,
Serve to salve our conscience
To our secret shame:
Lord, reprove, inspire us
By the way you give;
Teach us, dying Savior,
How true Christians live. 

Fred Pratt Green
Words © 1969 Hope Publishing Company

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Product Code: 388, 8202, 840, 8020

Collections: 100 Top Hope Hymns|Hymnal Supplement|Partners in Creation - Green|The Hymns and Ballads of Fred Pratt Green|Worship & Rejoice

Scriptural Reference: Romans 12:6; Ephesians 5:19-20; James 1:27; 1 John 3:17; Hebrews 2:14-17; Romans 12:1-2; John 13:15; Matthew 6:10, 23:23, 25:31-46

Theme: Church - Ministry, Church - Nature, Church - Renewal, Church - Worship, Confession, Empowerment, Following & Serving, Freedom-Liberation, Global, Hunger, Justice & Peace, Kingdom of God, Mission, Offering, Praise & Worship, Prayer, Stewardship

Author(s): Green, Fred Pratt (More Hymns | Biography)

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