November 30, 2020

A Hymn for Ordinary Time (2)

Yosemite grandeurphoto © 2010 Rachel Kramer | more info (via: Wylio)By Chaplain Mike

One of my favorite melodies is the Gaelic tune BUNESSAN, which most people sing as “Morning Has Broken.” Many years ago, we began singing a hymn to this tune in the church where I served as worship leader. It quickly became a favorite.

The words were authored by Canadian hymn-writer, Margaret Clarkson. In my opinion, it is one of the few great modern hymns that captures the nature of our God who is both transcendent and imminent, who created all things by the word of his power, and who also guides history and our lives by his personal, providential love. Through these words, we crown history’s Maker the Lord of each day.

This hymn is another excellent choice for ordinary time worship, both personal and corporate, for it puts our daily life in perspective, setting it within God’s story of the ages.

God of the ages, history’s Maker,
planning our pathway, holding us fast,
shaping in mercy all that concerns us:
Father, we praise you, Lord of the past.

God of this morning, gladly your children
worship before you, trustingly bow;
teach us to know you always among us,
quietly sovereign—Lord of our now.

God of tomorrow, strong overcomer,
princes of darkness own your command:
what then can harm us? We are your people,
now and forever kept by your hand.

Lord of past ages, Lord of this morning,
Lord of the future, help us, we pray:
teach us to trust you, love and obey you,
crown you each moment Lord of today!

Text by Margaret Clarkson, 1915-
Words © 1982 Hope Publishing Company


  1. Booklover says

    Thank you. Another good writer of hymn texts, as well as melodies, is Stuart Townend.

  2. One of my favorites!

    Every verse is beautiful truth, and they build upon each other so well.

  3. Beautiful words coupled with beautiful music.