O Lord, in every generation
our sure defense and dwelling place,
we thank you for the faithful Christians
who here before us ran their race;
through praise and gratitude are due them
from us who reap where they have sown,
their strength and hope for work and
witness they could have drawn from you alone.
The folk who formed this congregation
dug soil in which your word may live;
while others water seed they planted,
all increase rests with you to give.
Then keep our church a shining symbol of strength
and caring for our town, where we may walk the path of duty
and press toward the victor's crown.
To you we give all thanks and glory
this day of anniversary, and work with keen anticipation
for fairer futures yet to be;
O Lord who ruled the past we cherish,
guide now our feet in ways untrod,
as we receive, with all our children,
each morning's mercies from God.